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

The Marsh Resilience Summit was February 5-6, 2019.  See our Agenda .

See us in action!

View photos from the Summit on the Virginia Sea Grant Flickr page! Photo credit: Aileen Devlin, Virginia Sea Grant. https://www.flickr.com/photos/virginiaseagrant/albums/72157706541095114

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

This two day summit was 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 shared 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 presented current wetland research and how this science can be used to make decisions for the landscape. We offered 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.

Let’s tweet!

Use hashtag #MarshSummit2019 to be part of our social media conservation!

Travel Assistance

Applications for assistance are still being accepted.

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.

Applications for assistance are confidential and will be seen only by reviewers. We will notify you as soon as we are able, on a rolling basis. 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 normal. Be aware that space is limited and registration may fill before you hear back about travel assistance. 

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
  • Sally Lawrence Wood, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Virginia
  • 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