Below is the list of speakers in the break-out sessions and poster session along with their presentation titles. A pdf of speaker biographies and presentation abstracts is available here.

Morning sessions

Coastal Restoration & Management – Sea Level Rise, Salt Marshes, Oyster Restoration

Ecosystem Services & Human Ecology

River Restoration – Approaches & Theory

Freshwater Wetland Restoration

Moderators: Tom Touchet & D. Steven Brown

Moderators: Aaron Schlechter & Michael Talbot

Moderators: Denise Burchsted & Roy Schiff

Moderators: Ryan Crehan & Alex Hackman

East Lecture Hall

West Lecture Hall

Main Lecture Hall

Classroom 107










Zachary Lehmann, Great Ecology

Modeling Sea Level Rise in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary using a Coastal Vulnerability Index

John Lepore, Future Lands – Ecological By Design

The Three R’s of an Academic Stewardship Plan

Dr. Douglas Thompson, Connecticut College (10:45 – 11:15)

The Long History of Instream Structure Use in River Restoration

Michael Klein, Environmental Planning Services

Restoration of a Wetland and Stream System at an Upland Glacial Till Site in Northwestern CT


Katharine Gehron, Yale University

Salt Marsh Migration in Anthropogenic Coastal Landscapes

Alexander Etkind and Jessica Whritenour, The 300 Committee Land Trust

Teaticket Park: Public Access and Restoration of Sensitive Wetland Habitat

Catherine Kuhn, Yale University

Baselines for Restoration: Calculating a Water Budget for a Small Urban Wetland

James MacBroom, Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (11:15-11:45)

Stream Processes, Stream Power, and Stream Restoration


Shri Verrill, University of Southern Maine

Vegetation response to tidal restoration in Long Marsh, Harpswell Maine.

Emily Vogler, Rhode Island School of Design

Landscape Performance: Quantifying the Social and Ecological Benefits of Landscape Design

Ryan Crehan, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, VT

Design and implementation of floodplain wetland restoration in Vermont


Steven Brown, The Nature Conservancy

Defining ecological baselines and suitability for oyster reef restoration

Dr. Christopher Neill, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

Temperature Regime of a Cape Cod Groundwater River Influenced by Impoundment and Cranberry Agriculture

Dr. Denise Burchsted, Keene State College

Natural Dams and the River Dis-Continuum

Dr. Kate Ballantine, Mt Holyoke College

Long-term development and ecosystem functions of restored wetlands


Curtis Felix, Town of Wellfleet

Water Quality Results from 2 acre oyster restoration pilot project, Wellfleet, MA


Michael Chelminski and Robin MacEwan, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

“Engineered Dam Failure”: An Approach to Aquatic Habitat Restoration

Alex Hackman, MA Division of Ecologial Restoration

You want to do what? Theory and practice used to design one of the largest freshwater wetlands restorations in Massachusetts (Tidmarsh Farms, Plymouth)

Afternoon sessions

Coastal Area Restoration & Management

Ecosystem Services & Human Ecology

River Restoration: Approaches & Case Studies

Native, Invasive & Rare Species

Moderators: Tom Touchet &                      Seth Wilkinson

Moderator: Aaron Schlechter

Moderators: Denise Burchsted & Matthew Murawski

Moderators: Sarah Watts & Bryan Connolly

East Lecture Hall

Main Lecture Hall

Classroom 107

West Lecture Hall










Megan Wheeler, The Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory

Effects of Vegetation Removal, Seed Limitation and Soil Chemistry on Sandplain Grassland Creation on Former Agricultural Fields

Michael Talbot and Thomas Bienkiewicz, Environmental Landscape Consultants, LLC

Wetland and Habitat Restoration in a Challenging Residential and Regulatory Environment

Mickey Marcus, New England Environmental, Inc.

From Stone to Wood: 20 Years of Riverbank Restoration on the Connecticut River

Dr. Jesse Bellemare, Smith College

Plant conservation and restoration in a changing world: Observations from native plant horticulture and an ongoing “assisted colonization” experiment


Seth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Ecological Design Inc.

Techniques for Restoration Planting in Dynamic Coastal Wetlands

Kristopher Houle,
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Flow-based TMDLS: Retrofitting your way out of an impaired situation

Matthew Murawski, Dubois & King, Inc.

Performance of the Sucker Brook Channel Avulsion Stabilization Design

Brian Colleran, Consulting Ecologist

In Situ Growth and Rapid Response Management of Flood-Dispersed Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)


John Berg, The Nature Conservancy

Managing Emergent Phragmites to Bring Back the Natives to Rhode Island Coastal Ponds

Dr. Catherine Owen Koning, Franklin Pierce University, and Benjamin Lundsted, Comprehensive Environmental Inc.

Watershed Management and Modeling as Tools in the Restoration of Pearly Pond, Rindge NH

Mary Nealon, Bear Creek Environmental, LLC

Oak Hill Stream Channel Restoration

Bryan Connolly,     MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

Population Restoration of Sandplain Gerardia in Massachusetts


Heather Conkerton, MS Candidate, Antioch University New England

Determining abundance and molluscan prey preferences of the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in East Harbor, Truro, MA

Sven Hoeger, Creative Habitat Corporation

Monitoring & Maintenance: Powerful Components for Restoration Success

Dr. Roy Schiff, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.

Ten Ways to Reduce Habitat Impacts and Future Flood Risks During Flood Recovery

Leah Szafranski, US Fish & Wildlife Service, VT

Monitoring Riparian Habitat Restoration Projects – Lessons learned and adaptive management in Vermont


James Turek, NOAA Restoration Center

Designing for Success: Fish Passage Restoration as an Integral River Restoration Component

Chris Polatin, Polatin Ecological Services, LLC

Integral Invasive Plant Management Practices for Ecological Restoration Projects


Poster session



4:45PM – 7:00 PM

Emily Barbour, Smith College

Climate Change and Assisted Colonization: The Seed Germination Requirements of a Southern Appalachian Endemeic Plant May Already be Well-matched to Northern Areas

Ahmed A. Hassabelkreem, UMass Amherst

Application of Ecological Indices in Monitoring of Ecosystem Restoration

David Jaeckel, Yale University

The Yale Swale: Assessing Ecosystem Services in an Urban Wetland

Hannah Jaris, Columbia University

The Genetic Contribution of Oyster Aquaculture and Restoration to Wild Oyster Populations, Rhode Island

Katie Kain, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, VT

The Schoolyard Habitat Program: An Opportunity to Connect Students with Nature and Restore Habitat

Carey Lang, Mount Holyoke College

Vegetative Analysis of a Proposed Wetland Restoration Site in Western Massachusetts

Sylvana Maione, Keene State College

An Ecological Analysis of a Proposed Dam Removal Site

Greylin Nielsen, Smith College

A Comparison of Invertebrate Herbivore Damage across American Chestnut, Chinese Chestnut, and Blight-resistant Hybrids: Implications for Reintroduction and Restoration

Chris Polatin, Polatin Ecological Services, LLC

How to Restore In-Situ Native Plants to a Site Overwhelmed with Common Reed (Phragmites australis)

Johanna Stacy, UMass Amherst

Improving Ecological Restoration of the Ipswich River Watershed: A Study of Homeowners’ Attitudes about Residential Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure Implementation

Si Qi Yao, Mount Holyoke College

The Effect of Soil Amendments on Denitrification Potential in Restored Wetlands