Program and Presentations from the SFC CESU Annual Meeting

Detailed Agenda for the

Annual Meeting of the SFC CESU

Click here for meeting program.

Click here for book of abstracts,

Posters displayed throughout the meeting.  Posters listed below.


October 21, 2016 (Friday)

9:00 am to 9:15 am          Welcome and Introductions (Helena Solo-Gabriele)


Session A:  Federal Partners Research Programs and Needs

Moderator: Joel Trexler of Florida International University

Time Agency/Title Presenter
9:15 am to 9:27 am Southeast Fisheries Science Center Research and Monitoring Priorities Click here for presentation Jim Bohnsack
9:27 am to 9:39 am   Biscayne National Park. Click here for presentation.. Elsa Alvear
9:39 am to 9:51 am Managing Marine Debris within Biscayne National ParkClick here for Presentation Vanessa McDonough
9:51 am to 10:03 am U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Click here for presentation April Patterson
10:03 am to 10:15 am U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Science Information Needs Click here for presentation Todd Hopkins
10:15 am to 10:27 am USGS Science for a Changing Everglades Click here for presentation Vic Engel
10:27 am to 10:39 am Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Click here for presentation Tonya Howington
10:39 am to 10:51 am Resource Challenges at San Juan National Historic Site

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Felix Lopez
10:51 am to 11:03 am Opportunities to Partner with Tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs Click here for presentation Rachel Novak (via Webex)
11:03 am to 11:08 pm NPS Parks in the U.S. Virgin Islands Click here for presentation Zandy Hillis-Starr/Clayton
11:08 am to 11:15 am Break Pollack (via Webex)



Session 1: Biscayne Bay

Moderator: Todd Hopkins, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Time Title Presenter
11:15 am to 11:30 am IBBEAM – Integrated Biscayne Bay Ecological Assessment and Monitoring

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Joan Browder
11:30 am to 11:45 am The Wild Nitrogen Isotope Story of Southern Dade County: Possible Implications for Nitrogen Cycling

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Peter Swart
11:45 am to 12:00 pm Impacts and consequences of water flow from land on macroalgal community structure

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Ligia Collado-Vides
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm Networking Lunch at Biscayne National Park – First Floor Activities Room





Session 2: Long-Term Interactions

Moderator: Vic Engel, U.S. Geological Survey

Time Title Presenter
1:15 pm to 1:30 pm Population Genomics of South Florida and Caribbean Tephrosia taxa: shell mound and pine rockland connections?Click here for presentation  Eric von Wettberg
1:30 pm to 1:45 pm Effects of water management on water and soil quality in Taylor Slough. Click here for presentation.. Paul Julian
1:45 pm to 2:00 pm Metacommunity structure of South Florida forests foreshadows their response to climate change.  Click here for presentation. Michael Ross
2:00 pm to 2:15 pm Liana abundances rebound over a fourteen-year period in a subtropical secondary wet forest: Land-use legacies and hurricane recovery

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J. Aaron Hogan
2:15 pm to 2:30 pm 6000 years of human-environment interaction in southwestern Puerto Rico Click here for presentation William Pestle
2:30 pm to 2:45 pm Break



Session 3:  Ecosystem Modeling

Moderator: Felix Lopez, National Park Service

Time Title Presenter
2:45 pm to 3:00 pm Are hydroscapes landscapes? A behavioral landscape-ecology framework for connectivity in aquatic ecosystems Click here for presentation Joe Parkos
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm Regional ocean modeling in support of ecosystem studies around South Florida and in the greater Caribbean

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Matthieu Le Henaff
3:15 pm to 3:30 pm Coastal Ocean Observing in the Straits of Florida using HF Radar

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Lynn (Nick) Shay
3:30 pm to 3:35 pm Salinity Patterns in Western Biscayne National Park and Southern Biscayne Bay

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Sarah Bellmund
3:35 pm to 3:45 pm Break



Session 4:  Federal Partner Panel

Moderators: Helena Solo-Gabriele and Joel Trexler

Time Title Presenter
3:45 pm to 4:45 pm Panel. Reflections on the science presentations by federal partners. Federal Partners
4:45 pm to 5:00 pm Wrap up/highlights/and feedback for next time


SFC-CESU Program Committee Members:  Elsa Alvear, Laura Brandt, Camille Coley, Carol Daniels, Olusola Ewulo, Jeremy Montague, Helena Solo-Gabriele, Joel Trexler

Poster Presentations:

Robert Burgman and Youkyoung Jang.  Simulated U.S. Drought Response to Interannual and Decadal Pacific SST Variability

Elizabeth Kelly, Helena Solo-Gabriele, Ad Reniers, Zhixuan Feng, Allison Donahue, Hannah Lockwood.  Fecal Indicator Bacteria (FIB), Water Quality Monitoring, and Beach Management Policies. Click here for poster.