Marsh Resilience Summit Day 1 February 5


Registration Opens



Fredrika Moser, Maryland Sea Grant

Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment

Troy Hartley, Virginia Sea Grant

The Hon. Rob Wittman, U.S. Congress, the 1st District of Virginia


Introduction to the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative and Summit Goals

 Jeff Payne, NOAA Office of Coastal Management

Taryn Sudol, Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative Coordinator


Assessment of Tidal Marsh Vulnerability to Sea Level Change within the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative Network

William G. Reay, Virginia Institute of Marine Science 

Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative

10:20 Break

Understanding Sea Level Rise and Marsh Response

Molly Mitchell, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Sea Level Rise and the Migration of Coastal Ecosystems

Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Leveraging Wetland Ecosystem Services to Protect and Restore the Chesapeake Bay

Ellen Herbert, Ducks Unlimited

12:00 Lunch
  Sessions for Day 1
  Dogwood Room Oak Room
1:00 – 2:50

Marsh Migration

    • GPS as a tool to estimate vertical land motion in local sea level rise Philippe Hensel, NOAA NGS
    • The importance of watershed sediment supply to tidal wetland resilience to sea level rise Greg Noe, USGS
    • A paradigm shift: re-thinking Phragmites (and Phragmites management) in the context of ecosystem resilience Thomas J Mozdzer, Bryn Mawr College
    • Barriers to marsh migration Carl Hershner, VIMS


    • A bigger picture: Planning and zoning tools to manage retreat Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center

Environmental Market Mechanisms and Other Conservation Policy Opportunities

    • TMDL credit for marsh creation Pam Mason, VIMS
    • Funding Resiliency: The Need for a Natural Resilience Proposal Database Ross Weaver, Wetlands Watch


    • Coastal Blue Carbon: Connecting conservation to carbon finance Stefanie Simpson, Restore America’s Estuaries
    • Potential for using resilience credits to protect and restore marshes Emily Landis, The Nature Conservancy* Chelsey Bryson, TNC will present
    • Insuring Natural Infrastructure: Potential Application to Marshes? Mark Way, The Nature Conservancy



2:50 Break
  Dogwood Room Oak Room
3:10 – 5:00  Linking wetland conservation and community resilience










    • Underwater: Rising seas, chronic floods and the implications for the Chesapeake Bay Shana Udvardy, Union of Concerned Scientists 
    • Modeling property abandonment driven by recurrent flooding in a coastal locality Pamela Braff, VIMS
    • Marsh Migration and Human Relocation: Finding a fair path forward Liz Van Dolah, Christy Miller Hesed, Deal Island Peninsula Project, University of Maryland


    • Integrating coastal resilience into Maryland’s Critical Area Law Kate Charbonneau, Maryland Critical Area Commission


    • Aquifer Replenishment and Land Subsidence, A SWIFT Perspective Dan Holloway, CH2M David Nelms USGS

Co-benefits of Marsh Conservation

    • Storm surge and wave attenuation benefits of marshes in the Chesapeake Bay Celso Ferriera, George Mason University
    • Characterizing the role of Jug Bay Wetlands on the water quality of the Patuxent River Patricia Delgado, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
    • Year 1 of The Coastal Carbon Research Coordination Network David Klinges, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center


    • Marsh conservation and bird populations in Chesapeake Bay, Bryan Watts, College of William and Mary 



    • Human Health Benefits of Coastal Wetlands Ariana Sutton-Grier, The Nature Conservancy


5:30 – 7:30 Poster Session and Evening Reception



Marsh Resilience Summit Day 2 February 6


Registration Opens

Legal and Policy Challenges for Future Marsh Preservation 

Elizabeth Andrews, William and Mary Law School


Marsh Roles in the Chesapeake Bay Model

Lew Linker, Chesapeake Bay Program


Pre-salted Beans: Sea level rise, Marsh Migration, and Agriculture

Keryn Gedan, George Washington University


A New Kind of Wild: Reshaping the Gulf of Mexico After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bethany Kraft, Volkert, Inc. 

10:10 Break
  Sessions for Day 2
  Dogwood Room Oak Room
10:30 – 12:30

Lessons learned from management techniques and restoration


    • Vegetation and soil development in restored tidal freshwater wetlands: Lessons from the Anacostia and Patuxent estuaries Andrew Baldwin, University of Maryland


    • Fire effects on ecosystem functions along a coastal elevation gradient: Implications for marsh resilience to sea level rise Julia Cherry, University of Alabama


    • Enhancing tidal hydrology at Farm Creek Marsh Erik Meyers, The Conservation Fund, Dave Curson, Audubon


    • Salt marsh restoration: lessons learned and looking forward Erin McLaughlin, Maryland DNR* Sarah Hilderbrand, Maryland DNR will present


    • Dredged material for tidal marsh restoration: Lessons from Poplar Island – the importance of nutrient availability Court Stevenson, Lorie Staver, UMCES Horn Point Lab


Dredge and Beneficial Use

    • Case Studies: Working with the US Army Corp of Engineers Monica Chasten, USACE


    • Tools for evaluating beneficial dredge material use and building marsh resilience Scott Hardaway, VIMS


    • BUILDing resiliency: Maryland DNR approach to beneficial use of dredge material, Jackie Specht, Maryland DNR


    • Virginia’s regulatory framework for dredging and beneficial use of dredged materials Tony Watkinson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission


    • Opportunities for building marsh resilience in Virginia: A local government perspective Lewie Lawrence, Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission



12:30 Lunch
  Dogwood Room Oak Room 
1:30 – 3:30

Lessons Learned on Living Shorelines and Thin Layering

    • Living shorelines: Long term resilience and encouraging use Donna Bilkovic, VIMS
    • In the face of sea level rise –Lessons learned restoring living shorelines in the Elizabeth River, Joe Rieger, The Elizabeth River Project


    • Thin layer placement as a tool to address impacts to coastal marsh habitat due to sea level rise –Case Studies and Future Considerations Sam Whitin, EA Engineering
    • Using sediment enhancement to build tidal marsh resiliency on Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Matt Whitbeck, Blackwater NWR
    • Living shorelines: Understanding  shoreline management decision-making Sarah Stafford, William and Mary






Marshes, Agriculture, and Industry

    • Facilitating the transition from coastal agricultural land to high salt marsh as sea-level rises Linda Blum, University of Virginia


    • Agroecosystems in transition: sea level rise and saltwater intrusion alter biogeochemical cycling in coastal farmlands Kate Tully, University of Maryland


    • Developing a saltwater intrusion plan for Maryland Jason Dubow, Maryland Department of Planning


    •  Impacts of salt water intrusion on pine systems Matt Hurd, Maryland DNR
    • Engaging Private Landowners to Accelerate Wetland Restoration to Meet Clean Water and Coastal Resilience Goals Amy Jacobs, The Nature Conservancy, Mike Dryden, The Nature Conservancy, Margot Cummings, Chesapeake Research Consortium



3:30 Break
3:50 -5:00 Wrap Up Discussion and Prioritizing Next Steps Forward


Note: Presentations in each session are 15 minutes long with 40 minutes of discussion at the end of the session. Speakers being added. Please check back regularly. Presentations and speakers are subject to change.