8:45 am- Welcome Statement

Coastal Resilience

  • 9:00 am- Niels Lindquist- Applying fundamentals of estuarine ecology and a novel biodegradable hardscape to enhance coastal resilience.
  • 9:20- Molly Bost- Does the intertidal oyster reef optimal growth zone vary among tidal regimes?
  • 9:40- Carson Miller- Examining saltmarsh transgression across upland-forest gradients to improve conservation.
  • 10:00- Jana Haddad- A process-based model to predict wave attenuation across marshes.
  • 10:20- Jessie Straub- Analysis of predicted dune erosion along North Carolina barrier island shorelines.

Group discussion 15 min– Tony Rodriguez

Water Quality

  • 10:55- am Hans Paerl- Impacts of the ‘new normal’ in tropical cyclone rainfall and flooding on assessing and managing estuarine/coastal water quality.
  • 11:15- Nathan Hall- Potential causes for a system-wide change in trophic status of the greater Albemarle Sound ecosystem.
  • 11:35- Leslie Arroyo- Coastal plain watersheds: Evolving understanding from 20 years of North Carolina research.
  • 11:55- Mollie Yacano- Impacts of invasive Phragmites australis on nitrogen processing in the Albemarle-Pamlico system.
  • 12:15- Michael Piehler- Managing North Carolina’s largest lake: insights from a decade of research at Lake Mattamuskeet.
  • 12:35- Adam Gold- Nitrogen cycling in stormwater control measures: implications for coastal water quality.

Group discussion while eating lunch 20 min– Nathan Hall (please bring lunch)


  • 1:15 pm- Joel Fodrie- Anticipated impacts of an oil spill following Mid- or South Atlantic offshore drilling on NC fisheries.
  • 1:35- Shelby Ziegler- How do lower-estuary marshes support fishery production in NC?
  • 1:55- Tony Rodriguez- Variations in fish abundance and oyster-reef rugosity at the meter-scale.
  • 2:15- James Morley- Impacts of oyster culture on the ecosystem services of estuarine habitats.

Group discussion 15 min– Joel Fodrie

2:30 pm- Conclusion Statement