We’re excited to offer a multifaceted agenda designed to stimulate, inspire, and deepen your understanding of nature-based shoreline protection. Crafted by a workgroup of nature based shoreline restoration experts, our schedule encompasses an array of presentations, interactive roundtables, experiential field trips, and a vibrant networking reception. Our expo hall also promises the perfect stage to forge meaningful connections with fellow attendees and sponsors.

The agenda below is tentative and subject to change. We will add details as they become available. For more information, please contact

Tuesday, October 24

Room Session
8:00 am  Lobby Registration Open
9:00 am  Moody 2 Welcome Remarks 

  • John Huffman, Branch of Habitat Restoration, National Wildlife Refuge System, US Fish and Wildlife Service 
  • Daniel Hayden, Restore America’s Estuaries
  • Bob Stokes, Galveston Bay Foundation 
9:30 am Moody 2 Opening Plenary

  • Philip Smith, Galveston Bay Foundation
10:00 am Moody 1 Coffee Break
10:30 am Moody 2 Adaptive Management of Living Shorelines

  • Jim Dobberstine, Lee University
  • Adriana Leiva, USFWS
  • Kevin Hartke, Ducks Unlimited
12:00 pm Instructions for Field Trips
12:30 pm  Lobby Load buses and depart for field trips 
5:00 pm  Lobby  Return from field trips 
5:30 pm 
Moody 1  Exhibitor Space, Poster Session and Reception & Appetizers 

Wednesday, October 25

9:00 am  Session 1: Design & Materials Sourcing Vegetation for Shoreline Restoration 

  • Alison McDowell, Chochtawatchee Basin Alliance
  • Scott Alford, USDA
    Oyster Shell Recycling and Restoration Programs 

  • Darrah Bach, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
  • David Buzan, Freese and Nichols
  • Shannon Batte, Galveston Bay Foundation
    Contractor Training and Workforce Development 

  • Savanna Barry, Florida Sea Grant
  • Joe Taylor, Franklin’s Promise
  • Kristina Alexander, Harte Research Institute
10:30 am Moody 1 Coffee Break
11:00 am Session 2: Trends in Innovation in Living Shorelines Site Suitability Models

  • Chris Boyd, Troy University
  • Shelley Alexander, Santa Rosa County, FL
  • Vamsi Sridharah, TetraTech
  • Randall Parkinson, Florida International University
    3D printing Technology in Shoreline Infrastructure 

  • Matt Campbell, Natrx
  • Nick LeBlanc, Danos
  • Scott Graham, Ducks Unlimited
    Non-plastic Alternatives for Living Shoreline Construction 

  • Linda Walters, University of Central Florida
  • Tyler Ortega, Natrx
    Blue Carbon and Living Shorelines 

  • Jim Blackburn, BCarbon
  • Erin Hague, TetraTech
  • Ben Sheelk, The Ocean Foundation
12:00 pm Moody 1 Lunch
1:15 pm Session 3: Legal and Permitting Concerns Permitting challenges to Restoration Projects in the Coastal Zone 

  • Allison Buchtien, Texas General Land Office
  • Eric Sparks, MS/AL Sea Grant Consortium
  • Philip Blackmar, HDR
    Comprehensive Conservation Management Plans 

  • Kiersten Stanzel, Coastal Bend Estuary Program
  • Matt Posner, Perdido & Pensacola Bays Estuary Program
  • Ryann Rossi, St Andrew and St Joseph Bays Estuary Program
2:45 pm   Break
2:45 pm Moody 2 Interactive Panel on Future of Coastal Restoration

  • Moderator: Todd Miller, North Carolina Coastal Federation
4:40 pm Moody 2 Closing Remarks

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