Symposium: 10:45 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Virtual Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hosted on Zoom
Join us for the inaugural Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium. A gathering of early career professionals, graduate students, researchers, restoration experts, and aquaculturalists, the Symposium will focus on emerging science and innovative approaches to advance the oyster population of Chesapeake Bay.
The Symposium will feature more than 20 speakers across several panels structured around the following themes, a space for graduate students to share their work with the audience, a casual happy hour for networking and camaraderie, and much more!
Panel 1: The Return of the Bay Oyster—Challenges and Opportunities
We will begin the day with a discussion of opportunities for growth in the world of Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration and aquaculture.
Speakers for this panel will include Bruce Vogt (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]), Stephanie Westby (NOAA), Karen Hudson (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), Ward Slacum (Oyster Recovery Partnership), Joe Rieger (Elizabeth River Project).
Panel 2: Leveraging Oyster Ecosystem Services to Accelerate Oyster Recovery
This panel will examine the many co-benefits of oyster reefs, including living breakwaters and coastal resilience. Panelists will also discuss oyster aquaculture water quality research and nitrogen removal.
Speakers for this panel will include Allison Colden (Chesapeake Bay Foundation), Scott Knoche, (Morgan State University/PEARL), Matt Gray (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Lisa Kellogg (Virginia Institute of Marine Science), and Jeff Cornwell (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science).
Panel 3: Emerging Technologies in Aquaculture and Restoration
New and emerging technologies can improve efficiency and increase success in oyster aquaculture and restoration. Presentations in the panel will include solar powered floating aquaculture technology, monitoring reefs using video, sonar, and acoustic equipment, and more.
Speakers for this panel will include Jay Lazar (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Brad King (Marine Science Foundation), Steve Pattison (Solar Oysters), Martin Kepinski-Kozaczek (Northrop Grumman), Allison Tracy (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center).
Panel 4: Synthesis Discussion: The Future of Oysters in Chesapeake Bay
Join Andrew Lacatell (The Nature Conservancy), Zachary Greenberg (Pew Charitable Trusts), Andrew Button (Virginia Marine Resources Commission), Angela Sowers (US Army Corps of Engineers), Chris Moore (Chesapeake Bay Foundation), Sean Corson (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and Imani Black (Minorities in Agriculture) as they discuss the future of oyster recovery in Chesapeake Bay.
Lunch and Learn: We will host a series of lightning talks from a wide range of researchers to further showcase the veritable cornucopia of exciting work being done in the world of oyster restoration and aquaculture. Moderated by Sierra Hildebrandt, (Hampton University).
Networking Happy Hour: After the Symposium, attendees will have the option to join one of several virtual breakout rooms for informal discussions, follow-up questions, and to simply enjoy the company of fellow oyster enthusiasts.
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