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Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial ConferenceEstuaries and Coasts in a Changing World1-5 November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA

Topic: Pollutants

SCI-214: Pollutants: Processes Affecting Concentrations

Convener: Carrie Semmler (csemmler@lumcon.edu)

SCI-053: Fate and Effects of Modern Pesticides in Coastal Estuaries.

Conveners: Kathryn Kuivila (kkuivila@usgs.gov), Michael Fulton (mike.fulton@noaa.gov) and Marie DeLorenzo (Marie.Delorenzo@noaa.gov)

Coastal estuaries are ecologically important habitats for many fish and shellfish species and are especially vulnerable to contaminant effects. In particular, modern pesticides enter estuaries from nearby use in agriculture, golf courses, marinas and urban areas. Once in the estuary, the persistence, sediment-partitioning, and bioavailability of modern pesticides are influenced by wide ranges of salinity and suspended sediment concentration. In addition, the occurrence of pesticides in complex mixtures makes it difficult to predict toxicity. This session will bring together field and laboratory studies addressing the complexities of the fate and effects of modern pesticides in estuarine ecosystems.


Topic: Restoration

SCI-215: San Francisco Bay Restoration

Convener: Katharyn Boyer (katboyer@sfsu.edu)

SCI-013: Emerging Science and Restoration Practices in Pacific Northwest Estuaries.

Conveners: Catherine Corbett (corbett@lcrep.org), Ronald Thom (ron.thom@pnl.gov) and Steven Rumrill (steve.rumrill@state.or.us)

This session will compare and contrast ecological research, restoration and management issues across multiple Pacific Northwest estuaries. The session will convene scientists, researchers, and resource managers working to restore salmon habitat; reduce toxic contaminants; characterize estuarine conditions and trends; and protect and restore estuarine resources. Topics will include research to evaluate the cumulative effects of restoration, effectiveness monitoring to guide project implementation, development of an estuarine habitat classification system, and clean-up of toxic contaminants. Presenters will compare research and restoration techniques and discuss how managers address cross-cutting issues, providing a synthesis of results on science and integration with management emerging from disparate experiences and ecosystems.

SCI-081: Large-scale Estuarine and Coastal Restoration: Integrating science and management.

Conveners: Jacob Carstensen (jac@dmu.dk), David Rudnick (drudnic@sfwmd.gov), Christopher Madden (cmadden@sfwmd.gov), Jesper Andersen (jha@dhigroup.com) and Richard Batiuk (batiuk.richard@epa.gov)

In this session, we will explore the practice of ecosystem restoration, comparing experiences and lessons learned while trying to bridge science and management. The session invites presenters to compare how large-scale watershed-estuary restoration programs have been planned and implemented; how monitoring and research have been used to quantify baselines and responses; and how results and inferences have been used in adaptive management practices. Overviews from the Mississippi River/Louisiana coast region, San Francisco Bay region, Chesapeake Bay, Baltic Sea, and south Florida will be invited and more detailed presentations welcomed.

SCI-046: Restoration of Eutrophic Coastal Ecosystems: Examples and Synthesis.

Conveners: Michael Kemp (Kemp@hpl.umces.edu), Walter Boynton (boynton@cbl.umces.edu) and Denise Breitburg (breitburgd@si.edu)

During recent decades, efforts have been underway to restore coastal ecosystems previously degraded through eutrophication and related human influences. A range of case-studies will be analyzed where elevated nutrient loading has been reduced and ecosystem properties have responded with both simple linear and complex non-linear dynamics (time-lags, thresholds, hysteresis). Emphasis will be placed on understanding effects of physical-chemical factors (water depth, residence time, salinity) and trophic interactions, and habitat reclamation in modulating responses to changes in nutrient loading. Application of novel theories and models will help explain observed trends to provide integrated perspective for designing management strategies.

SCI-101: Sea Grant Focus on Healthy Coastal Ecosystems: Restoration.

Conveners: Judith Weis (jweis@andromeda.rutgers.edu), Dorn Carlson (dorn.carlson@noaa.gov) and Barry Costa-Pierce (bcp@gso.uri.edu)

Under its new strategic plan, one focus of the National Sea Grant Program is on Healthy Coastal Ecosystems. We need to better understand the relationships between coastal stressors (such as water quality degradation, contaminants, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, and wetland loss) and long term ecosystem health. The research will lead to better coastal management and support restoration of degraded systems. This session will highlight Sea Grant research that is leading to improved restoration (including but not limited to marsh restoration) of degraded systems.

SCI-219: Wetland Restoration.

Convener: Tony Bowron (tony.bowron@gmail.com)

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