SWS-SAC is excited for our return to in-person conferences, hosting our 2023 Conference in beautiful Georgetown, South Carolina at the Clemson University, Baruch Institute. This event will feature presentations by industry professionals, academics and students on a range of wetland related topics! We will host a variety of networking opportunities including lunches and dinners.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Workshops and Field Trips
Introduction to wetland functional assessments - Matthew Miller will lead this workshop on an introduction to wetland functional assessments and wetland mitigation implementation. (10 am - 2 pm, minimum 10 people, $250)
Hydric soils - Travis Richardson will lead a field assessment to teach attendees how to identify hydric soils. (10 am - 2 pm, minimum 10 people, $250)
Hobcaw Barony Wetlands Tour - Visit the southern deepwater swamps in depressional settings and Strawberry Swamp (influenced by salinity impact). Free of charge, bring your lunch (10 am - 3 pm, no minimum, free to attend, responsible for own transportation)
Black River Cypress Preserve, Guided Kayak Tour - Take a guided kayak tour along the Black River Cypress Preserve, a privately-owned nature preserve located on the South Carolina Black Scenic River. (10 am - 4pm, minimum 6 people, $120 fee, responsible for transportation to and from Black River Cypress Preserve)
Black River Cypress Preserve, Hiking and Biking Tour - Guided tour of the preserve. Free of charge, responsible for transportation to and from Black River Cypress Preserve, bikes available upon request. (10 am - 4pm, minimum 6 people, free to attend, responsible for transportation to and from Black River Cypress Preserve)
Monday, March 13, 2023
8:00 - 8:30
Registration & Coffee
8:25 - 8:30
Welcoming Address, Richard Chinn (SWS-SAC President)
8:30 - 9:00
Welcoming Address and Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mezeika Sullivan (Clemson University);
9:00 - 10:00
Keynote Speaker - To be announced
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Richard Chinn (Richard Chinn Environmental Training, Inc.) - Determination of anoxia in hydric soils: quick, easy, cheap. Pick all three..
11:00 - 11:30
Sindupa De Silva (West Virginia University) - Water quality in West Virginia wetlands and their relationships with watershed land cover/ land-use practices.
11:30 - 12:00
Andrew MacKenzie (West Virginia University) - Early Indications; Using a Biochar Soil Amendment to Enhance Woody Vegetation Growth and Survivorship in Two North Central, West Virginia Riparian Wetlands
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:30
Jordan McCall (Clemson University) - Avian-wetland habitat relations and temporal trends within the South Atlantic Coastal Zone
1:30 - 2:00
Jacob Shurba (Auburn University) - Effect of nesting material on wood duck nest box selection, reproduction, and eggshell bacteria
2:00 - 2:30
Ronell Bridgemohan (University of Florida) - Microbial Risk Assessment To Identify Sources of Fecal Pollutants, Zoonotic Microbes, and Nutrient Dynamics In Mixed-Use Watersheds In NW Florida.
2:30 - 3:00
Richard Mogensen (Mogensen Mitigation, Inc.) - Consolidated, Large-Scale, Coastal Restoration in the New Jersy Meadowlands in the face of climate change.
3:00 - 3:30
3:30 - 4:00
Katrina Napora (George Mason University, U.S. Geologic Survey) - Urban stream restorations increase floodplain soil carbon and nutrient retention along a chronosequence
Warren Wagner (Georgia Power) - Wetland impact minimization for a electric utility line rebuild project in a Georgia tidal wetland and river.
Diane De Steven (USDA Forest Service) - Understanding the vegetation communities of Coastal Plain depressional wetlands within a hydrogeologic-landscapes framework
5:00 - 8:00
Welcome Reception (Light hors d'oeurve)
6:00 - 8:00
Student Poster Session and JudgingPoster dimensions: 46" W x 42" H recommended
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
7:30 - 8:00
General Assembly (Student Awards)
Angela Hsiung (Clemson University) - Evaluating the cross-seasonal effect of winter survival on continental waterfowl population growth rate
9:00 - 9:30
Christopher Shipway (Clemson University) - Carbon Stocks and Sequestration Rates along two Southeast US Rivers
9:30 - 10:00
Maeve Snyder (North Inlet, Winyah Bay National Estuarine Reserve) - A Needs Assessment of Salt Marsh Management Stakeholders in Coastal South Carolina
10:30 - 11:30
Olivia Haney (Ecobot) - Ecobot + GNSS Receivers: Technology to boost efficiency in the field and in the office
11:30 - 11:45
***Note: Registration for the conference will remain open through the day of the event, but field trip and workshop registrations will close after March 1.
LodgingIf you are planning on staying at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, you will need to make your reservations directly with Baruch by March 1, 2023. Baruch is holding dorms available with rates as low as $30/night and two-bedroom cottages available for $130/night or $40/bed/night. Ask for Annie at Baruch at 843-904-9024 or email@example.com to make a reservation or for more information.
Nearby lodging can also be found at Hampton Inn Georgetown, Hampton Inn Pawley, and Best Western Georgetown.
See below for sponsorship opportunities that are available until February 1. Outdoor booth spaces are first come first serve and are dependent on weather conditions.
Clemson University Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
177 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC, 29440, United States
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