2018 Delaware Watershed Research Conference

Thursday, November 29th at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

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The Delaware Watershed Research Conference is a component of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University's initiative to encourage novel research throughout the Delaware River Watershed and to foster collaboration among the growing research community. This gathering will serve as a platform for experts in their respective disciplines to discuss the state of watershed research, particularly within the Delaware River Watershed, toward answering management and conservation questions. Topics will range from environmental monitoring, novel research, and ecological modeling, to economic, social, and political effects and implications.

We encourage anyone doing research within the Delaware River Basin to register and bring a poster or oral presentation. THE DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS IS OCTOBER 15th.

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in length, grouped by topic, and followed by a 30 minute panel discussion by all presenters.

New this year: There will be a poster session during the lunch break and we encourage student and professionals to bring a poster showcasing their work within the Delaware Basin. We are hoping this provides the opportunity for increased discussion, collaboration, and innovation. All topics are welcome!

If you would like to present your research, please select the "Attending & Presenting" option when registering, and contact Allison Stoklosa (ams844@drexel.edu) with your name, information, presentation title, and brief abstract. 

Registration for the Conference is now open! Please click here to register.

Registrations rates are $40 for professionals. We are pleased to announce that the fee for student registrations have been waived this year, but we do still ask that you register for planning purposes. Academy staff registration fees will be handled internally, but again, please do register to ensure adequate seating and food.

Conference Agenda:

8:30-9:00- Registration, Poster Set Up, Breakfast and Coffee
9:00-10:00 – Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Keynote Presentation
10:00-10:30- Morning Break with Breakfast and Coffee
10:30-11:30- Concurrent Presentation Sessions
11:30-12:00 – Concurrent Panel Discussions by Presenters
12:00-1:30- Lunch and Poster Session
1:30-2:30- Concurrent Presentation Sessions
2:30-3:00 – Concurrent Panel Discussions by Presenters
3:00-3:30- Afternoon Break with Coffee and Snacks
3:30-4:30/5- Final Presentation Session and Panel Discussion

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Laura Craig

“Promoting and protecting the use of science in freshwater conservation”

Aldo Leopold wrote that “we use science to ensure that we have the knowledge and perspective to be the best we can be at protecting and restoring rivers.” Science provides the information needed to develop and support policy advocacy positions, allows us to make predictions about the outcomes of proposed efforts, and helps us pursue opportunities that are likely to have the greatest conservation benefits. In this talk, I will discuss the important relationship between science and conservation; highlight how this relationship provides opportunities to expand scientific understanding and improve conservation practice; address a few of the challenges faced by scientists and managers working to protect and restore rivers (including the need to protect the use of science in conservation policy); and provide practical suggestions for improving the application of science to policy and practice.

Dr. Laura Craig is the Director of Science & Economics at American Rivers, a national conservation non-profit whose mission is to protect wild rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. Laura works to ensure that American Rivers’ work is informed by the best available science; advance river conservation science by identifying and addressing research needs; and improve the application of existing science to conservation policy and practice. She has been honored as an Emerging Leader in a New Jersey Non-Profit by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and an Environmental Leadership Program Eastern Region Fellow. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Tookany-Tacony Frankford Watershed Partnership, the Science and Technical Advisory Board of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, and the Scientific Review Committee of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. Laura has a BS in Biology from Susquehanna University and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Maryland-College Park.

The conference will be held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA 19103) on Thursday November 29th, 2018. Check-in will begin at 8:30am at the 19th Street entrance (around side of building near 19th Street and Cherry Street intersection). For information on parking and directions, please visit our website at https://ansp.org/visit/directions-and-parking/

For questions, please contact Allison Stoklosa (ams844@drexel.edu) or Roland Wall (rjw85@drexel.edu)