Fourth Annual Kent State University Water and Land Symposium

Sustainability and Resilience on the Land-Water Continuum

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Kent State’s 4th Annual Water and Land Symposium will be held on October 5th and 6th. This symposium attracts more than 300 attendees from the many universities, federal, state and regional agencies, and private companies that populate northeastern Ohio. This year we are delighted to have Cynthia Barnett, Journalist and author of Mirage, Blue Revolution and Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, long-listed for the National Book Award and finalist for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing as our keynote speaker.  Cynthia will also be offering a book signing the evening of the keynote, which will also include our first poster session.

The second day of the conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions.  A plenary session will set the stage for breakout sessions and posters in the afternoon.  Breakout sessions will focus on “Restoration and Ecosystem Services,” “Water and Sustainability,” and “Risk and Resilience.”  These breakout and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues.  Registration is free and open to the public.

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October 5-6, 2016

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
215 S. Depeyster Street, Kent, OH 44240

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

7:00-8:00 pm Keynote Address:
Cynthia Barnett, Journalist and author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History and Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis
8:00-9:00 pm Poster Session 1, Reception and Book Signing


Thursday, October 6, 2016

8:00-8:30 am Check In
8:30-8:45 am Opening Remarks
8:45-9:20 am Darren Bade, Biological Sciences, Kent State University
9:20-9:55 am "Green Infrastructure as a Puzzle Piece for Water Resources in the Southwest"
Tom Meixner, University of Arizona
9:55-10:30 am "Ecosystem services: Saving grace or slippery slope?"
Truman Young, University of California, Davis
10:45-11:20 am "Mapping the disaster – the tools we use when it all goes wrong"
Andrew Curtis, Geography, Kent State University
11:20-11:55 am Melissa Kenney, University of Maryland and AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow
12:00-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions (outlined below)
4:00-5:00 pm Poster Session 2 and Reception
Water and Sustainability
Anne Jefferson and Elizabeth Herndon, convening
2:00-2:30 pm Session Keynote:
Sarah Godsey, Idaho State University
2:30-3:00 pm "Mud Matters: Understanding Wetland Nutrient Removal Mechanisms in Human Dominated Landscapes"
Lauren Kinsman-Costello, Biological Sciences, Kent State University
3:00-3:30 pm "Phosphorus and Lake Erie: Perspectives from between the land and lake"
Laura Johnson, Director, National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University
3:30-4:00 pm Panel Discussion of water and sustainability issues
Restoration and Ecosystem Services
Chris Blackwood and David Ward, convening
2:00-2:40 pm Session Keynote:
Karin Kettenring, Utah State University
2:40-3:00 pm "Understanding how disturbances affect the ecological structure and function of peat bogs"
Matt Davies, Ohio State University
3:00-3:20 pm Connie Hausman, Cleveland Metroparks
3:20-3:40 pm Chris Blackwood, Kent State University and Chris Davis, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
3:40-4:00 pm Additional discussion on restoration, ecosystem services, and ecological experiments
Risk and Resilience
Kelly Turner and Rui Liu, convening
2:00-2:30 pm Session Keynote:
Mark McCabe, Gresham Smith and Partners
2:30-2:50 pm Wendy Kellogg, Cleveland State University
2:50-3:10 pm Harry Sarvis, Ohio EPA Central Office
3:10-3:30 pm James White, Cuyahoga County Port Authority
3:30-4:00 pm Panel Discussion- Risk and Resilience