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Monday, January 30
 

8:00am EST

Registration & Breakfast
Monday January 30, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Exhibitor Hall (Registration)

9:00am EST

Summit Welcome, Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Danielle Kreeger

Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein

Executive Director, PDE


Monday January 30, 2023 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

9:30am EST

Keynote: Dr. Ray Najjar, The Rapidly Changing Climate of the Delaware Estuary and Basin
Past and likely future changes in the climate of the Delaware Estuary and Basin (DEB) are presented. From a historical analysis of air temperature, precipitation, streamflow, sea level, and ice and snow indicators, an overall picture of dramatic and accelerating climate change in the DEB emerges, one that is largely consistent with expectations from increases in greenhouse gases. These climate trends are extremely likely to continue into the next few decades regardless of greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change beyond mid-century will depend strongly on the emissions pathway. Hence, a combination of aggressive local adaptation and global emissions reduction is needed to avoid the worst impacts of anthropogenic climate change in the DEB. Adaptation planning should compensate for unjust policies, such as redlining, that have led climate impacts to fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable communities.

Raymond Najjar is a Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Najjar has conducted research on a variety of topics in oceanography, climate science, and hydrology, with current interests focused on how coastal waters are influenced by climate change and pollution. In addition to synthesizing research on the climate of the Delaware Estuary and Basin as part of periodic assessments led by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Dr. Najjar has studied long-term changes in the salinity, dissolved oxygen, and tides of the estuary.

Moderators
avatar for Danielle Kreeger

Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →
avatar for Leah Morgan

Leah Morgan

Shellfish Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Speakers
avatar for Raymond Najjar

Raymond Najjar

Professor of Oceanography, The Pennsylvania State University


Monday January 30, 2023 9:30am - 10:15am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

10:15am EST

The State of the Watershed: Unveiling the 2022 Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary and Basin
Every five years, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary coordinates production of a State of the Estuary Report, working with many partners on behalf of the Delaware Estuary Program. To provide the scientific foundation for this report, the program’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee also coordinates a companion Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary and Basin (TREB). The goal of TREB is to analyze the status and trends for more than 50 environmental indicators representing diverse facets of the natural ecosystem such as water quality, living resources, habitats and land cover. When considered together, these indicators provide a comprehensive picture of the current and trending environmental condition of the watershed. The analysis of each indicator includes a discussion of actions and needs, providing a blueprint for future science and management. The report also helps assess our progress in protecting, restoring and sustaining vital natural resources.  This special session will unveil results from the 2022 TREB, which was completed in December, 2022.

For more info, see: https://www.delawareestuary.org/data-and-reports/state-of-the-estuary-report/

Full Session Information

  • 10:00 Kreeger, Danielle & LeeAnn Haaf, TREB Introduction
  • 10:15 Homsey, Andrew, Chapter 1: Watersheds & Landscapes
  • 10:30 Beganskas, Sarah & Jake Bransky, Chapter 3 & 4: Water Quality and Quantity
  • 10:45 Shinn, Jenny, Chapter 7: Living Resources

Associated Poster:
  • Haaf, LeeAnn, Leah Morgan & Danielle Kreeger, 2022 Technical Report for the Delaware Estuary and River Basin: Key Findings and Next Steps

Moderators
avatar for Leah Morgan

Leah Morgan

Shellfish Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Bransky

Jacob Bransky

aquatic biologist, DRBC
avatar for Sarah Beganskas

Sarah Beganskas

Water Resource Scientist, DRBC
avatar for Jenny Shinn

Jenny Shinn

Field Researcher III, Rutgers University
AH

Andrew Homsey

GIS Services Manager, U of DE, Water Resource Ctr.
avatar for LeeAnn Haaf

LeeAnn Haaf

Estuary Science Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Danielle Kreeger

Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →


Monday January 30, 2023 10:15am - 11:15am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

11:30am EST

Big Picture Environmental Planning

Moderators
avatar for Gregory Lech

Gregory Lech

Fisheries Biologist, PA Fish & Boat Commission
avatar for Meghan Rogalus

Meghan Rogalus

SAN Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
In my role at PDE I work with our team to provide for the daily administration of the Schuylkill Action Network, a public-private partnership of over 100 partner organizations all focused on providing a clean Schuylkill River accessible to all. The SAN's mission is focused on protecting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Joseph McAdams Kauffman, Jr.

Gerald Joseph McAdams Kauffman, Jr.

Director, University of Delaware Water Resources Center
Gerald is Director of the University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) one of the 54 Congressionally-designated National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) supported by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Geological Survey at land grant universities in the 50 states... Read More →
avatar for Eileen Althouse

Eileen Althouse

Water Resources Engineer, CDM Smith
avatar for Kelsey Brooks

Kelsey Brooks

Senior Manager, Delaware River Programs, National Wildlife Federation


Monday January 30, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Breakout B (Avalon 24-26)

11:30am EST

Environmental DEIJ for Community Leaders
In this discussion-based, fishbowl style, panel session, we will hear from environmental leaders and community members working throughout the urban corridor of the Delaware Estuary to learn how local groups are working to advance environmental justice in our cities. This is a chance to not only hear about the challenges and successes people are facing in urban environmental work in the region but also to identify collective research and technical assistance needs moving forward. Panelists for this session will be made up of the Urban Waters Delaware River Location’s new Community Cohort across Camden NJ, Chester PA, Philadelphia PA, and Wilmington DE.

See Full Session Information

Associated Posters:

Moderators
avatar for Erica Rossetti (she/her)

Erica Rossetti (she/her)

Urban Waters Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Director, External Affairs and Communications, Delaware River Basin Commission

Speakers
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Melody Mason

Farmer, EdithfamilyFarms
MF

Missy Frankil

Senior Project Manager, Camden Community Partnership
ER

Emily Rodden

Program Manager, New Castle Prevention Coalition


Monday January 30, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

11:30am EST

Monitoring & Assessment
✎ to indicate student presentation
Associated Poster:


Moderators
avatar for Thomas Amidon

Thomas Amidon

Manager, Water Resource Modeling, DRBC
Thomas Amidon is the Manager of Water Resources Modeling at the Delaware River Basin Commission. In this role, he leads several water quality management initiatives, including eutrophication modeling of the tidal Delaware River system in support of the DRBC’s evaluation of highest... Read More →
avatar for David Bushek

David Bushek

Professor/Director, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
The predominant thrust of my research concerns host-parasite interactions in bivalve molluscs. A second focus aims to enhance our understanding of the ecological impact of bivalves, particularly the eastern oyster, at the population, community and ecosystem levels... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith

Environmental Scientist, Delaware DNREC
avatar for Catherine Hughes

Catherine Hughes

Teaching Assistant/MS Student, University of Delaware
I am a second-year PhD student in the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of Delaware. My thesis is on the changes in bathymetry and the availability of Atlantic sturgeon spawning habitat in the Delaware River as a result of recent channel deepening efforts by... Read More →
avatar for Kayla Clauson

Kayla Clauson

Environmental Scientist, Delaware DNREC
avatar for Brittney Flaten

Brittney Flaten

Environmental Scientist, Delaware DNREC


Monday January 30, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

12:30pm EST

Lunch
Monday January 30, 2023 12:30pm - 2:00pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)

2:00pm EST

Living Resources I: Shellfish
✎ to indicate student presentationAssociated Posters:


Moderators
avatar for Chesa Blom

Chesa Blom

Philadelphia Community Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Joshua Moody

Joshua Moody

Research Scientist, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Yeh

Heidi Yeh

Doctoral Candidate, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory of Rutgers University
As an Oceanography PhD candidate, I study the oyster microbiome using molecular methods. I plan to pursue a science policy career after graduation (2022-2023 AY). Topics of strong interest to me include ecosystem services, science communication, and sustainable food production (check... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Shinn

Jenny Shinn

Field Researcher III, Rutgers University
avatar for Elizabeth Bouchard

Elizabeth Bouchard

Graduate Assistant, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
avatar for Matthew Gentry

Matthew Gentry

Shellfish Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Danielle Kreeger

Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →
MD

Mike De Luca

Manager, Rutgers
avatar for Michelle Stuart

Michelle Stuart

Application Developer, Rutgers University


Monday January 30, 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Breakout B (Avalon 24-26)

2:00pm EST

Urban Ecology and Restoration

Moderators
LC

Laura Craig

Director of Water Resources, E&LP
RP

Rachael Phillos

Reserve Manager, DNREC-DNERR

Speakers
MS

Matthew Sarver

Principal, Sarver Ecological
avatar for Hannah Sanders

Hannah Sanders

Life Scientist, US EPA
avatar for Ella Rothermel

Ella Rothermel

Data Management Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
JB

Jessie Buckner

Project Manager, Ecologist, RES LLC
LB

Lance Butler

Senior Scientist, Philadelphia Water Department


Monday January 30, 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

2:00pm EST

Improving Dissolved Oxygen and Aquatic Life Uses in the Delaware River Estuary - hosted by the DRBC

Moderators
avatar for Mark Biddle

Mark Biddle

Environmental Program Manager, Delaware DNREC
avatar for Kelly Somers

Kelly Somers

Physical Scientist, US EPA

Speakers
avatar for Steve Tambini

Steve Tambini

Executive Director, DRBC
JY

John Yagecic, P.E.

Manager, Water quality assessment, DRBC
avatar for Namsoo Suk

Namsoo Suk

Director, Science and Water Quality Management, DRBC
avatar for Thomas Amidon

Thomas Amidon

Manager, Water Resource Modeling, DRBC
Thomas Amidon is the Manager of Water Resources Modeling at the Delaware River Basin Commission. In this role, he leads several water quality management initiatives, including eutrophication modeling of the tidal Delaware River system in support of the DRBC’s evaluation of highest... Read More →
CF

Chen Fanghui, Ph.D, P.E.

Senior water resource engineer, DRBC
LZ

Li Zheng

Water resource modeler, DRBC
avatar for Sarah Beganskas

Sarah Beganskas

Water Resource Scientist, DRBC


Monday January 30, 2023 2:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

4:00pm EST

Restoration & Conservation I

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Bouboulis

Sarah Bouboulis

Habitat Project Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
BW

Bartholomew Wilson

Geomorphologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Janiec

Douglas Janiec

Natural Resources Program Manager, Sovereign Consulting Inc.
Well over 3 decades of natural resources experience. Primary practicing areas of expertise:- Restoration (living shorelines, marshes, fish passage, nearshore reefs, streams, and more) including siting, evaluation, design, permitting, constructions, monitoring, and outreach.- Ecological... Read More →
avatar for Bob Collins

Bob Collins

Manager of Programs and Facilities, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays


Monday January 30, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

4:00pm EST

Urban Waters Federal Partnership
The Urban Waters Federal Partnership is an environmental justice effort working to “revitalize urban waters and the communities that surround them.” In this session we will hear from several Delaware River Location partners on the value of revitalizing and restoring urban lands and waterways for climate, stormwater management, public access and safety, and health and quality of life. Whether we are working on site remediation, sustainable development, living shorelines, supporting small community-led projects, or including health and housing in our investments, this session will feature more urban restoration projects that expand our definitions of environmental justice.

  • 4:00 Erica Rossetti, PDE – introduction and overview of the UWFP Delaware River Location
  • 4:15 Roberto Frugone, HUD – the importance of community planning and equitable, sustainable development
  • 4:30: David A. Paul, MD, FAAP (Department of Pediatrics Chair, ChristianaCare) – health, quality of life, and environmental justice
  • 4:45: Q &A
See Full Session Information


Moderators
avatar for Erica Rossetti (she/her)

Erica Rossetti (she/her)

Urban Waters Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Life Scientist, US EPA

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Frugone

Roberto Frugone

Program Analyst, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development
DP

David Paul

Clinical Leader, Women and Children's Service Line, Christiana Care Health System


Monday January 30, 2023 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

5:30pm EST

Poster Session I

Speakers
JC

Jenna Curley

Environmental Science Student, Haddonfield Memorial High School
avatar for Leah Morgan

Leah Morgan

Shellfish Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
GX

Galen Xiang

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
avatar for Namsoo Suk

Namsoo Suk

Director, Science and Water Quality Management, DRBC
avatar for Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Life Scientist, US EPA
AA

Alexandria Ambrose

Graduate Student, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Reseach Lab
avatar for Iris Burt

Iris Burt

Laboratory technician, Rutgers University
avatar for Kurt Cheng

Kurt Cheng

Shellfish Programs Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
SC

Samantha Collins

Research Scientist, The Wetlands Institute
RS

Ron Smith

Environmental Science Educator, Haddonfield Memorial High School
JF

Jill Felker

lecturer, Penn State Berks
avatar for Matthew Gentry

Matthew Gentry

Shellfish Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Kate Goddard

Kate Goddard

Professor, Ursinus College
avatar for Jecy Klinkam

Jecy Klinkam

Restoration Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
SS

Sam Solomon

Student, New Jersey Institute of Technology
JS

John Supino

PhD Student, Boston College
avatar for Lenore Tedesco

Lenore Tedesco

Executive Director, The Wetlands Institute
Beneficial USe Projects for Ecosytem Restoration and Resilience, Wetland Restoration, Sea Level Impacts and Coastal Resilience
AW

Anna Willig

Watershed Conservation Research & Data Specialist, Willistown Conservation Trust


Monday January 30, 2023 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)
 
Tuesday, January 31
 

8:00am EST

Registration & Breakfast
Tuesday January 31, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Exhibitor Hall (Registration)

9:00am EST

DRBC Climate Forum Keynote - Dr. Phillippe Hensel, NOAA
The other part of relative sea level rise: vertical land motion and its intersection with environmental change

Philippe Hensel is the chief of the Project Analysis Branch within the Operations and Analysis Division at NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Philippe oversees activities related to maintaining the integrity of the nation's database of survey control. Since 2019, he is also part of a multi-agency team investigating vertical land motion in the wider Chesapeake Bay region. Since coming to NGS in 2006, Philippe has worked to bring high precision surveying applications to coastal scientists and resource managers (advancing the "sea level rise sentinel site" concept). Prior to coming to NGS, Philippe was a post-doc wetland ecologist with the USGS, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Philippe has also been an adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University, teaching a course in wetland ecology and management. Philippe holds a PhD in coastal ecology and a Master's degree in applied statistics from Louisiana State University, and a master's degree in marine, estuarine, and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland.

Presentation abstract
Climate change is already leading to measurable increases in global sea levels, with experiencing more pronounced changes than others. Whereas most of the emphasis on climate-related sea level rise has justifiably focused on the response of the hydrology itself, relatively little attention has been paid on the contribution of vertical land motion (VLM) to the relative sea-level rise equation. Along the mid-Atlantic, we have an excellent network of long-term tide stations, but the long-term trends confound the hydrologic with the geologic signals. Within the Chesapeake Bay, local subsidence hotspots result in higher rates of sea-level rise. Whereas we talk of carbon sequestration and reducing our carbon footprint as a way to confront a warming climate and the resulting sea-level rise, what can we do about sinking land masses? The first step in answering this question is to better understand where land is moving vertically, and at what rates over time. This talk will focus on the intersection of sea level rise with vertical land motion along our coastlines, and will explore some recent efforts to better understand and respond to this phenomenon, so as to enhance coastal resilience in the face of a changing climate.

Moderators
avatar for Howard Neukrug

Howard Neukrug

Professor, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Neukrug is The Professor of Practice in Global Water at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and director of the University’s Water Center at Penn.  He has 40 years of experience in the water industry, most recently as Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water.  He... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Philippe Hensel

Philippe Hensel

Supervisory Geodesist, NOAA's National Geodetic Survey


Tuesday January 31, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

10:30am EST

Water Quality I

Moderators
avatar for Ella Rothermel

Ella Rothermel

Data Management Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Namsoo Suk

Namsoo Suk

Director, Science and Water Quality Management, DRBC

Speakers
avatar for Ramona McCullough

Ramona McCullough

Water Quality Modeler, Sci-Tek Consultants Inc.
avatar for Zachary Garmoe

Zachary Garmoe

Environmental Science Coordinator, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
KL

Katie Lavallee

Coastal Scientist, Woods Hole Group
PK

Paula Kulis

Water Resources Engineer, CDM Smith
JM

Jean Malafronte

Principal, ANDRIS Consulting LLC


Tuesday January 31, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

10:30am EST

DRBC Climate Forum Technical Session I-Building Foundational Science for Regional Impacts

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Beganskas

Sarah Beganskas

Water Resource Scientist, DRBC
avatar for Robert Scarborough, Ph.D

Robert Scarborough, Ph.D

Environmental Scientist V, DNREC
Bob Scarborough is an Environmental Scientist V for the DNREC Division of Water, Resource Protection Section. Formally he was the Manager of the Delaware Coastal Management Program (DCMP) of DNREC, prior to that he was the Senior Scientist for the DCMP and the Research Coordinator... Read More →

Speakers
AS

Amy Shallcross

Manager, Water Resource Operations, DRBC
avatar for John Callahan

John Callahan

Climatologist and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
Dr. John Callahan is a Climate Scientist and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware.  John’s work is interdisciplinary and recently has focused on storm surge and coastal flooding, climate change and communication... Read More →
CF

Chen Fanghui, Ph.D, P.E.

Senior water resource engineer, DRBC
avatar for Sean Fettrow

Sean Fettrow

PhD Candidate, University of Delaware
BG

Brent Gotsch

Technical Advisor, Reservoir Releases, NYCDEP


Tuesday January 31, 2023 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

12:00pm EST

Lunch
Tuesday January 31, 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)

12:00pm EST

Mentor-Mentee Lunch
Ten volunteer mentors will have reserved tables in the dining space to meet and converse with student and early career "mentees." If you did not sign up as a mentee but would still like to participate, you are more than welcome to join a table.

See our mentor bios here! 

Tuesday January 31, 2023 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)

1:30pm EST

DRBC Panel Conversation on Climate Planning and Adaptation
This panel of high-level government leaders will provide updates from their municipal, state, and federal-level agencies on efforts to address climate change. What key climate-related challenges are they facing, and where have they seen success? How are their agencies addressing water equity and environmental justice? What are their climate goals for 2023 and beyond? Be prepared for a lively and interactive discussion. Audience questions are encouraged and may be submitted in advance or during the session by visiting slido.com #1439436.

Panelists include:

Shawn Garvin, Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Shawn M. Garvin joined Governor John Carney’s cabinet in March 2017 as Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, leading the agency tasked with protecting and managing Delaware’s natural resources, protecting public health, providing outdoor recreational opportunities and educating Delawareans about the environment.

Secretary Garvin’s career in intergovernmental affairs spans more than 25 years at the federal, state, and local levels. In November 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Administrator of Region 3 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), overseeing the agency’s work in the Mid-Atlantic, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

Shawn LaTourette, Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Appointed by Governor Philip D. Murphy, Shawn M. LaTourette became New Jersey’s Commissioner of Environmental Protection on June 14, 2021. He had served as Acting Commissioner since January 16, 2021. Commissioner LaTourette is responsible for formulating statewide environmental policy while directing programs that protect public health and ensure the quality of New Jersey’s air, land, water, and natural and historic resources.

Guided by a deep commitment to equity and a professional philosophy that uniting economic development and environmental improvement promotes the public good, Commissioner LaTourette has been regarded as a consensus builder adept at achieving balance among competing priorities. His diverse background — in protecting vulnerable communities, facilitating the development of infrastructure and public works, managing business risk, promoting conservationist policies and advocating for equity — has made him a leading force in policy, program and project development, especially those at the complex juncture of economic development, energy and environmental protection.

Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala, Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is a widely recognized expert on urban sustainability, technology, and mobility. He led the creation of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, founded the environmental grantmaking program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, and served as president of the Board of Directors of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. He was part of the founding team at Sidewalk Labs—Google’s urban technology startup—and more recently was a senior urban tech fellow at the Jacobs Cornell-Technion Institute. He has provided advice and assistance to a number of foundations and impact investment funds and chaired the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan for the New York region. Aggarwala holds a PhD, MBA, and BA from Columbia University and an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Adam Ortiz, Regional Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3

Adam Ortiz serves as EPA's Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator where he oversees federal environmental and public health protections in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and seven federally recognized tribes. Working with state partners and local stakeholders, Adam is focused on infrastructure, enforcement, climate change, environmental justice, and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Before coming to EPA, Adam was the Director of the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Environmental Protection, where he launched programs boosting recycling, curbside compost collection, building energy efficiency standards, and watershed restoration projects with a focus on equity.

Moderators
avatar for Kristen Bowman Kavanagh

Kristen Bowman Kavanagh

Deputy Executive Director, DRBC
Ms. Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, P.E. is the Deputy Executive Director of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a federal-interstate agency created in 1961 by compact legislation signed into law by President Kennedy and the governors of the four basin states with land draining to... Read More →
avatar for Steve Tambini

Steve Tambini

Executive Director, DRBC

Speakers
avatar for Adam Ortiz

Adam Ortiz

EPA REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR, U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) REGION 3
avatar for Rohit Aggarwala

Rohit Aggarwala

Commissioner, NYC Environmental Protection/Chief Climate Officer
avatar for Shawn LaTourette

Shawn LaTourette

Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
avatar for Shawn Garvin

Shawn Garvin

Cabinet Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control


Tuesday January 31, 2023 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

2:45pm EST

PDE Keynote - Catrin Einhorn, New York Times Climate Desk
Catrin Einhorn is a journalist who covers biodiversity, climate and the environment for The New York Times. She was part of a team of reporters that received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for exposing sexual harassment and misconduct in the American workplace.
Throughout her career, Ms. Einhorn has focused on narrative-driven work in print, film and audio. In July 2020, The Times and Netflix released “Father Soldier Son,” the Emmy-winning documentary she directed and produced with Leslye Davis.
In 2016, Ms. Einhorn and Jodi Kantor wrote a series about everyday Canadians adopting Syrian refugees, documenting the surprises, challenges and intense relationships that arose over their one-year sponsorship periods.
Previously, she was part of a team that examined President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan by telling the personal stories of one battalion’s yearlong deployment in a multimedia series called “Year at War.”
Before coming to The Times, Ms. Einhorn was a public radio reporter and a Fulbright scholar in anthropology.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Bouboulis

Sarah Bouboulis

Habitat Project Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein

Executive Director, PDE

Speakers
avatar for Catrin Einhorn

Catrin Einhorn

Reporter, The New York Times


Tuesday January 31, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

4:15pm EST

DRBC Climate Forum Technical Session II-Building Community-level Climate Resilience

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Director, External Affairs and Communications, Delaware River Basin Commission
MK

Marjorie Kaplan

Associate Director, Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers University

Speakers
avatar for Firas Gerges

Firas Gerges

Princeton University
Firas Gerges is a researcher at Princeton University, where he works on leveraging Machine Learning for engineering and natural science problems, such as Climate Prediction, Air Quality, Urban Heat islands, Renewable Energy Generation, and Urban Morphology. Firas recently earned his... Read More →
RR

Renee Reber

Mid-Atlantic Climate & Coastal Resilience Analyst, National Parks Conservation Association
DN

Daria Nikitina

Professor, West Chester University
Salt marshes, sea level rise.
HW

Heather Wholey

Professor, West Chester University


Tuesday January 31, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

6:00pm EST

Poster Session II

Speakers
JC

Jenna Curley

Environmental Science Student, Haddonfield Memorial High School
GX

Galen Xiang

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
avatar for Namsoo Suk

Namsoo Suk

Director, Science and Water Quality Management, DRBC
avatar for Kurt Cheng

Kurt Cheng

Shellfish Programs Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
avatar for Lenore Tedesco

Lenore Tedesco

Executive Director, The Wetlands Institute
Beneficial USe Projects for Ecosytem Restoration and Resilience, Wetland Restoration, Sea Level Impacts and Coastal Resilience
RS

Ron Smith

Environmental Science Educator, Haddonfield Memorial High School
avatar for Iris Burt

Iris Burt

Laboratory technician, Rutgers University
avatar for Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Ferry Akbar Buchanan

Life Scientist, US EPA
AW

Anna Willig

Watershed Conservation Research & Data Specialist, Willistown Conservation Trust
avatar for Kate Goddard

Kate Goddard

Professor, Ursinus College
SC

Samantha Collins

Research Scientist, The Wetlands Institute
JS

John Supino

PhD Student, Boston College
JF

Jill Felker

lecturer, Penn State Berks
SS

Sam Solomon

Student, New Jersey Institute of Technology
AA

Alexandria Ambrose

Graduate Student, Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Reseach Lab
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Jecy Klinkam

Restoration Specialist, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
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Matthew Gentry

Shellfish Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary


Tuesday January 31, 2023 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)
 
Wednesday, February 1
 

8:00am EST

Registration & Breakfast
Wednesday February 1, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Exhibitor Hall (Registration)

9:00am EST

Living Resources II

Moderators
PR

Peter Rowe

Executive Director, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium
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Jenny Shinn

Field Researcher III, Rutgers University

Speakers
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Nivette Perez-Perez

Manager of Community Science, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
I'm the DE Center for the Inland Bays Manager of Community Science. Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, I completed my Bachelor’s in Coastal Marine Biology at the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao. Then I went on to complete my Master of Science in Natural Resources through Delaware... Read More →
AL

Amanda Lyons

Research and Conservation Coordinator, The Wetlands Institute
MK

Matthew Kenwood

Graduate student, UTHSCSA
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Taylor Hoffman

Graduate Student, University of Delaware


Wednesday February 1, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

9:00am EST

Science Communication


Moderators
MM

Megan Mackey

Program Coordinator, US EPA
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Jana Savini

Coastal Collaboration Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary

Speakers
LM

Lauren McGrath

Director of Watershed Protection Program, Willistown Conservation Trust
RB

Ryan Beltz

Executive Director, Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy


Wednesday February 1, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

10:30am EST

Restoration & Conservation II

Moderators
TB

Taylor Beck

Environmental Scientist III, DNREC Division of Coastal, Climate and Energy
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Douglas Janiec

Natural Resources Program Manager, Sovereign Consulting Inc.
Well over 3 decades of natural resources experience. Primary practicing areas of expertise:- Restoration (living shorelines, marshes, fish passage, nearshore reefs, streams, and more) including siting, evaluation, design, permitting, constructions, monitoring, and outreach.- Ecological... Read More →

Speakers
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Lenore Tedesco

Executive Director, The Wetlands Institute
Beneficial USe Projects for Ecosytem Restoration and Resilience, Wetland Restoration, Sea Level Impacts and Coastal Resilience
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Alison Rogerson

Environmental Scientist, Delaware Dept of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
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Kelsey Fall

Research Physical Scientist, USACE ERDC


Wednesday February 1, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

10:30am EST

Water Quality II
✎ to indicate student presentation
10:30: Bhatia, Vijay, Philadelphia Water Department; Comparison of Microplastic Pollution in Different Urban Creeks
10:45: ✎ Parameswarappa Jayalakshmamma, Meghana, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Microplastics in Stormwater
11:00: Kulis, Paula, CDM Smith; Algal Processes in the Urban Delaware River: A synthesis of available data
11:15: Q&A


Moderators
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Matthew Gentry

Shellfish Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
JY

John Yagecic, P.E.

Manager, Water quality assessment, DRBC

Speakers
PK

Paula Kulis

Water Resources Engineer, CDM Smith
MP

Meghana Parameswarappa Jayalakshmamma

Ph.D. Candidate, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Meghana is a research student and experienced Civil Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the water/wastewater industry. My research focuses on environment-related issues - microplastics, stormwater flooding, and green infrastructure. 
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Vijay Bhatia

Laboratory Program Scientist, Philadelphia Water Department
I am a water quality researcher working with the City of Philadelphia (Water Department) since 2016 and investigating microplastics for the last couple of years. My work is focused on identification and quantification of microplastics in Philly’s water sources using multistep separations... Read More →


Wednesday February 1, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

11:30am EST

Lunch
Wednesday February 1, 2023 11:30am - 1:00pm EST
Poster Hall (Avalon 14-17)

1:00pm EST

Physical & Chemical Processes

Moderators
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Martha Maxwell-Doyle

Sr. Coastal Resiliency Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Climate change, resilience and adaptation, Coastal wetlands
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Kelly Somers

Physical Scientist, US EPA

Speakers
PD

Philip Duzinski

Water Quality Modeling Engineering Supervisor, Philadelphia Water Department
SG

Steven Goldsmith

Associate Professor, Dept of Geography, Villanova University
MA

Mike Armstrong

Graduate Student, Boston College


Wednesday February 1, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Breakout A (Avalon 20-22)

1:00pm EST

Restoration & Conservation III

Moderators
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LeeAnn Haaf

Estuary Science Manager, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
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Alison Rogerson

Environmental Scientist, Delaware Dept of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Speakers
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Sarah Bouboulis

Habitat Project Coordinator, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
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Jon Miller

Research Associate Professor, Stevens
Research Associate Professor, focused on both traditional coastal engineering topics as well as living shorelines. My research focuses on the impact of coastal hazards on developed shorelines. Our group uses a mix of numerical modeling and field data collection to evaluate the impact... Read More →
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Douglas Janiec

Natural Resources Program Manager, Sovereign Consulting Inc.
Well over 3 decades of natural resources experience. Primary practicing areas of expertise:- Restoration (living shorelines, marshes, fish passage, nearshore reefs, streams, and more) including siting, evaluation, design, permitting, constructions, monitoring, and outreach.- Ecological... Read More →


Wednesday February 1, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

2:30pm EST

Hot Topics

Moderators
KE

Katie Eberhart

Sr. Environmental and Permitting Specialist, Orsted
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Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →

Speakers
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Thomas Mozdzer

Associate Professor, Bryn Mawr College
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Gerald Joseph McAdams Kauffman, Jr.

Director, University of Delaware Water Resources Center
Gerald is Director of the University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) one of the 54 Congressionally-designated National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) supported by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Geological Survey at land grant universities in the 50 states... Read More →
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Olivia Allread

Wetland Education and Communications Specialist, Delaware DNREC


Wednesday February 1, 2023 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)

3:30pm EST

Awards and Closing
Speakers
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Danielle Kreeger

Science Director, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Danielle Kreeger is an ecologist with >35 years of experience as a research scientist and educator. She is the science director for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which coordinates the National Estuary Program that protects and restores natural resources in the Delaware... Read More →


Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Main Ballroom (Avalon 23)
 
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