A Conversation among Communities, Scientists, and Managers in Coastal Virginia and Maryland.

Join us for our upcoming Marsh Resilience Summit on February 5-6, 2019. Registration is now open! See Agenda .

The Summit will be held at The Woodlands Hotel and Suites, 105 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 

This two day summit is a science-practitioner dialogue about marsh vulnerability and ways our different fields and communities respond to these changing landscapes.

The 2019 Marsh Resilience Summit: From Science to Management will share the latest science on tidal marsh resilience against sea level rise in coastal Virginia and Maryland as a guide for local government, land managers, and academics to integrate ecological processes with societal needs. In this two day summit, we will present current wetland research and how this science can be used to make decisions for the landscape. We offer a science-practitioner dialogue on the most effective community response to changing marsh conditions, while also discussing additional research needs to improve future planning and decision making.


Click here to register for the Summit. This survey will provide us with  information to better prepare for your needs and guide the discussion sections. At the end of the survey is a link to pay the $75.00 registration fee. Payment AND survey completion will register you for this event. 

This Summit provides over 40 different presentations over two days, lunches, an evening reception with poster session, and beverage breaks. Breakfast is complimentary if you are staying at The Woodlands Hotel and Suites. 


The Marsh Resilience Summit is being held at The Woodlands Hotel and Suites at 105 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. The group rate for the Summit is $95.00/night + taxes and fees from Friday, February 1 through Saturday, February 9th. The Summit starts at 9:00 on Tuesday, February 5 and ends at 5:00 Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

To reserve rooms at this rate all attendees must make reservations, changes, cancellations, and substitutions through UMD Globetrotter (not The Woodlands). Call (800) 322-7032, press 2, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, EST to make the reservation. Individual guests may cancel reservations until 11:59 pm hotel time three days prior to the arrival date to avoid the cancellation fee of one-night room and tax. 

The Woodlands Hotel and Suites offers complimentary: Continental breakfast, self-parking, fitness center, Historic Area Shuttle and wifi. 

Travel Assistance

Applications for assistance accepted through December 1, 2018.

Send completed form via email to SLawrence@vims.edu . Include “Marsh Resilience Summit Travel Assistance” in the subject line.


Travel assistance will be awarded based on financial need and Summit relevance to participants. We will make this determination based on the information you provide in the application form.

Travel assistance will specifically cover any subset of registration, lodging, and mileage. The review committee will decide how much assistance we can offer based on each application and our available funds. This may mean we will be able to provide only partial travel assistance.

Complete the attached application form below to help us calculate your needs and total costs. Please keep in mind that any ways for you to save on travel costs will enable us to offer more assistance to other participants given our limited funds. If selected, you must pay for these costs initially and will be reimbursed after the conference.

We must receive applications for travel assistance by Dec 1, 2018. Applications for assistance are confidential and will be seen only by reviewers. Selection will take place after Dec 1 and you will be notified by Dec 31 at the latest. If you are awarded assistance and cannot attend the meeting please notify SLawrence@vims.edu  as soon as possible so the award can be given to the next qualified application.

Please register for the Summit and make reservations for lodging as as normal. Be aware that space is limited and registration may fill before you hear back about travel assistance. 


Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring the Marsh Resilience Summit? Your sponsorship will support an improved participant experience at the Summit and/or provide travel assistance for attendees. Your sponsorship will be highlighted in the Summit Program Book and as a table or banner at the evening reception. 

Contact Taryn Sudol at Sudol@mdsg.umd.edu for further arrangements. 

Steering Committee

Thank you to our steering committee for all their hard work!

  • Donna Bilkovic, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Michelle Covi, Virginia Sea Grant
  • Kyle Derby, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Maryland
  • Jennifer Dindinger, Maryland Sea Grant
  • Nina Garfield, NOAA Office of Coastal Management
  • Keryn Gedan, George Washington University
  • Erik Meyers, The Conservation Fund
  • Shep Moon, Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program
  • Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant
  • William Reay, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Virginia
  • Suzanne Skelley, NOAA Oxford Laboratory
  • Skip Stiles, Wetlands Watch
  • Ariana Sutton-Grier, The Nature Conservancy
  • Alexander Wooten, Morgan State University