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State of the Reserve 2018


Feb 23, 2018 – 9:00 AM

450 Guana River Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 Map

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The GTM Research Reserve is proud to host the State of the Reserve on Friday, February 23, 2018. This year, State of the Reserve will have three main components; a morning plenary and panel discussion; a series of scientific presentations in the afternoon, and an evening poster reception. The theme of the event is “The Art of Science in Our Community”, which is intended to explore the ways in which we make decisions as individuals and communities while the science to inform those decisions continues to be investigated.  The panel will provide an opportunity to discuss this quandary as it applies to the coastal changes Northeast Florida has experienced in recent years, including impacts from Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.  State of the Reserve Agenda All programs are free. 9:00 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.  Morning Plenary Session focusing on coastal dynamics.  Dr. Jeremy Stalker Associate Professor, Marine Science and Research Institute, Jacksonville University 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Morning Panel Session with panels expertise in coastal dynamics, community response, resiliency, planning and engineering, and more! Moderators of each panel session, Mike Buresh (Action News Jax) and Lauren Rautenkranz (First Coast News), will start the session off with questions and will allow a  period for attendees to ask questions.  Jeffrey Alexander Deputy Director, St. Johns County Emergency Management Jessica Beach Public Works Engineer, City of St. Augustine Ryan Carter Carter Environmental Services Dr. William Dally Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of North Florida  Doug Davis Fletcher Davis Realty Dr. Courtney Hackney Professor Emeritus, University of North Florida Dr. Todd Osborne Assistant Professor, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences, University of Florida Dr. Don Resio Professor and Director, Taylor Engineering Research Institute, University of North Florida Tim Telfer Public Lands and Natural Resources Manager, Flagler County John Regan City Manager, City of St. Augustine Dr. Nikki Dix Research Coordinator, GTM Research Reserve Scott Eastman Stewardship Coordinator, GTM Research Reserve 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch: At this time, lunches are NOT provided. If you are planning on attending the morning and afternoon sessions, please come prepared with a lunch plan and note there is 1 hr 45 minutes avaliable for lunch. There are several options that can be suggested: Pack your own lunch (there are plenty of picnic tables and an amphitheater to eat at) Exxon gas station (located on A1A at the end of Guana River Road) Aunt Kate's (5.6 miles south of EEC, 612 Euclid Ave, St. Augustine, FL 32084) Cap's On The Water (5.4 miles south of EEC, 4325 Myrtle St, St. Augustine, FL 32084) Publix (7.8 miles south of EEC, 55 Ava Way, Saint Augustine, FL 32084) Puccini's Pizzeria (7.9 miles south of the EEC, 85 Ava Way, St. Augustine, FL 32084) Beaches at Vilano (8.2 miles south of EEC, 254 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084) Vilano Grill (8.1 miles south of EEC, 180 Vilano Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32084) Sandwich Man (10.1 miles north of EEC, 1110 A1A N #102, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082) 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Science Technical Symposium: GTM staff and visiting scientists will present the data and research they have conducted within the Reserve. “Utilizing long-term data sets to evaluate local storm impacts to the GTMNERR estuary” Shannon Dunnigan, SWMP Manager, Pam Marcum, Biologist, Dr. Nikki Dix, Research Coordinator, and Silas Tanner, SWMP Technician “A Tale of Two Hurricanes: Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS Florida) Efforts at the GTM Research Reserve” Emily Jane Murray, Public Archaeology Coordinator, Florida Public Archaeology Network “Mangrove and Climate Change: Leveraging history to understand the present and to predict the future” Dr. Ilka C. Feller, Senior Scientist, Mangrove Ecologist, Smithsonian Institution “Mangrove expansion in the GTM NERR: how does saltmarsh wrack affect mangrove propagule establishment and development?” Rachel Smith, PhD Candidate, University of Georgia “Mapping Land Use Characteristics and Water Quality Impacts to Support Policy and Decision Making” Tricia Kyzar, Data Analyst and PhD Candidate, University of Florida “Oyster gardening in northeast Florida: A community-based program that engages citizen scientists, advances our understanding of oyster ecology, and restores oyster habitats”José Núñez, Research Scientist, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida “An Investigation of Water Quality Associated with the Summerhaven River Dredging and Restoration Project” Dr. Matthew Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Flagler College “Spreading the Seeds of Estuary Health” Kenneth Rainer, MS, GTM Research Reserve “Sharks of the GTM NERR: results from 8 years of shark abundance surveys conducted in the Tolomato River” Dr. Jim Gelsleichter, Director, UNF Coastal and Marine Biology Flagship Program “How Oystermen and Fishermen Use and Think About Oysters in the St. Augustine Region of Florida” Carrie Schuman, PhD Candidate, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Poster Session and Reception: Enjoy an evening reception with refreshments, while additional researchers present their work at a poster session. Feel free to mingle and network as we watch the sunset over the Guana estuary! “An Investigation of Gopher Tortoise Burrow Characteristic Preferences at the GTMNERR” Cody Burns, Mallory Hopkins et al., Flagler College “Do Hardened Structures on Vilano Beach Affect Erosion Rates on Adjacent Properties?” Colin Herbert, Trinity Hopkins et al., Flagler College “Dune Blowout Morphology: A Time Series” Tristen Utic, Mac Byram, Madison Hess et al., Flagler College “Geotechnical Aspects of Re-Engineered Estuarine Shorelines in Response to High Energy Waves” Sofia Roman et al., University of Florida “Hurricane Irma Effects on Water Quality” Tracey Schafer et al., University of Florida- Whitney Laboratory for Marine Biosciences “Interactive effects of wood traits and intertidal exposure on shipworm infestation in southeastern US estuaries” Ada Bersoza et al., University of Florida “Oyster Shell Recycling in Northeast Florida” James D. Tomazinis et al., Northeast Florida Aquatic Preserves, GTM Research Reserve “Protecting shorelines with constructed oyster reefs: evidence in the sediment” Colin Herbert, Mallory Hopkins et al., Flagler College “Results of the GTM Butterfly Monitoring Project” Michael G. Pogue et al., GTM Research Reserve “Spartina alterniflora floating nurseries: growing plants to reduce pond nutrient loading and enhance coastal shoreline restoration” Ben Mowbray et al., University of North Florida Registration Instructions On the checkout page, you will be able to choose which session you will attend. If a session is not available for you to choose, then it has filled. If you decide you will not be able to attend a session after you register, please let us know. If you have any questions or changes, contact Kaitlyn Dietz at (904) 823-4500 or