A big thank you to all of our presenters, sponsors, organizers,

and participants for an excellent conference, and

we hope to see you in 2018!

Ecological Restoration in a Changing Climate:
Ecosystems, Adaptation, Infrastructure and Resiliency
Held at the Holloway Commons of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH,
October 14 and 15, 2016



List of Sessions
  • Setting Appropriate Targets for Restoration
  • Human Ecology – Working with People for Restoration
  • Freshwater Restoration: Case Studies & Technical Guidance, and Instream Habitat & Strcture
  • Coastal Restoration
  • Restoration of Native Plants
  • Landscape-Scale Models for Restoration and Resilience
  • Field Studies/Models of Ecosystem Services

Click here for the full list of talks in the breakout sessions.



Plenary Speakers

Restoration in Times of Climate Change and Environmental Instability

Andre Clewell,PhD,andre clewellhas practiced ecological restoration since 1979.  He is a founder and past president of the Society for Ecological Restoration. Among his many writings, he is the author of the internationally acclaimed book Ecological Restoration: Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession, and the primary author of SER’s principle foundation documents: The SER Primer on Ecological Restoration and Guidelines for Developing and Managing Ecological Restoration Projects, available at www.ser.org.

In addition to providing a plenary speech, he will also be leading a full-day Saturday workshop on Principles of Ecological Restoration and their Application.


Biodiversity in the Concrete Jungle: Restoring Nature in Cities for a Resilient Future

Myla F.J. Aronson, PhD,MylaAronsonis a plant ecologist whose interests focus on the conservation, restoration, and maintenance of biodiversity in human dominated landscapes. She is currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal Ecological Restoration and a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. She also co-directs UrBioNet: A Global Network for Urban Biodiversity Research and Practice. Dr. Aronson’s research focuses on the patterns and drivers of biodiversity in urban landscapes, in particular to understand community assembly and biotic homogenization in cities at local, regional, and global scales.



Other Highlighted Speakers


Friday Talk: Removing Legacy Effects of Ditching from Salt Marshes Increases Resilience to Sea Level Rise.

David Burdick, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor of Coastal Ecology and Restoration at the University of New Hampshire and the Interim Director of the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. His study of coastal science spans 35 years, concentrating on coastal ecosystems, assessing human impacts, and planning, implementing and assessing habitat restoration. In 2012, he won the Susan Snow-Cotter Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for the Marine Environment for his efforts. His recently published book on “Tidal Marsh Restoration: A Synthesis of Science and Management,” co-edited with Charles Roman, translates and extends lessons learned from tidal restoration of salt marshes in the Northeast US and Canada.

David will also be leading a related Saturday field trip: Fringing Salt Marsh Creation and Shoreline Restoration in the 21st Century


Friday Talk: Living Observatory—Documenting Ecological Change over Time across the Tidmarsh Farms Restoration Project.

Glorianna Davenport is a Trustee of Tidmarsh Farms, Inc. and co-founder of Living Observatory, a non-profit (501©3) collaborative organization focused on telling the long-term story of the Tidmarsh Farms Wetland Restoration in order to advance scientific knowledge and public understanding of wetland ecology. Trained as a documentary filmmaker, Davenport is a co-founder of the MIT Media Lab where she researched innovations in the construction, editing and shared use of video throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s. Today, in building Living Observatory, Glorianna champions project based learning for science and media innovation in the belief that, working together, we can create experiences that will allow people, individually and collectively, to better understand relationships between ecological processes, human lifestyle choices, and climate change.


Friday Workshop: ‘The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing’—What Economists Can (and Can’t) Tell Us About Ecological Restoration.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association was entitled, “Is Urban Stream Restoration Worth It?” As any economist worth her salt will tell you, the answer is “it depends” – on how the goals of restoration are measured, on the assumptions that are made about “worth,” and on whose values matter. In this presentation, Dr. Bouvier will review what ecologists need to know about economics – to be able to recognize a “good” economic study from a bad one, to reveal the hidden assumptions within an economic study, and to make sure that the “right” values are included. Like it or not, there is power in economic arguments and measures. Using economic language helps ensure that ecological restoration is on equal footing with other, more marketable services.

Rachel Bouvier, PhD, is founder and principal of rbouvier consulting, a consulting firm specializing in environmental and natural resource economics. She is passionate about communicating the economic and social benefits of environmental protection, conservation, and stewardship; she believes that integrating environmental risks and benefits into economic decision-making leads to more responsible long term actions.  Her work includes analysis of the costs of “stream smart” versus “non fish-friendly” culverts, economic costs of electricity from wind power versus Hydro Quebec, and the economic benefits of restoring native fish runs. In this workshop, participants will learn about and engage with some of the tools economists use to “value” ecosystem services.  Participants will learn how to “decode” economic arguments, and, using the same language, promote the economic value of environmental protection, conservation, and restoration.



Join us in discussing the role of ecological restoration values and practice in a changing climate and how we might adapt our relationship to nature for optimal resiliency in the face of a changing climate!


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