2012 Public Policy Forum – The Science of Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Restoration


Thank you for attending the 2012 Public Policy Forum:
The Science of Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Restoration

March 7, 2012 8:30am-5:30pm
Capitol Visitors Center SVC 210/212
6pm-8pm Reception: Senate Dirksen Building – Room 50

Restoration projects require robust data, extensive observations and the work of innovative researchers, practitioners and policymakers. Science is therefore crucial to managing the successful restoration of our oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes – and to the success of ocean policy at large. Please join us on March 7th to discuss the essential scientific components of restoration planning, the lessons learned from some national restoration efforts, and the future of Gulf of Mexico restoration. Our panel of speakers will include noted ocean and coastal scientists, as well as federal representatives and several Members of Congress. Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the day and a reception will follow the forum 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Agenda Summary Presentations Videos Photos Speaker Biographies


8:30 – Breakfast

8:40 – Opening Remarks – Robert Gagosian, President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

8:45 – Congressional Speaker – Representative Castor, FL-11

9:00 – Congressional Speaker – Representative Cassidy, LA- 6

9:15 – Panel 1: The role of science in restoration planning

  • Moderator – Nancy Rabalais
    • Executive Director, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
  • Baseline – Steve Murawski, presentation
    • Research Professor, University of South Florida
  • Assessments – Bob Haddad, presentation
    • Division Chief, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration
  • Monitoring – Bill Boicourt, presentation
    • Professor, University of Maryland
  • Ecosystem services and role in economic recovery – Anne Guerry, presentation
    • Lead Scientist of the Natural Capital Project’s Marine Initiative, Stanford University

10:45 – Break

11:15 – BOEM’s Restoration Activities — Alan Thornhill, presentation

  • Chief Environmental Officer, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

11:45 – Congressional Speaker – Senator Murkowski, AK

12:00 – Lunch

1:15 – Congressional Speaker – Senator Begich, AK

1:30 – Panel 2: Lessons Learned and Challenges facing other National Restoration Efforts

  • Moderator and Great Lakes Panelist – Marie Colton, presentation
    • Director, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • Chesapeake Bay – Rich Batiuk, presentation
    • Associate Director of Science, EPA Chesapeake Program Office
  • Puget Sound – Curtis Tanner, presentation
    • Project Manager, Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project
  • Arctic – Fran Ulmer, presentation
    • Chair of Arctic Commission

2:45 – Break

3:15 – Update on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative — Margaret Leinen, presentation

  • Associate Provost of Marine and Environmental Initiatives, Florida Atlantic University

3:45 – Congressional Speaker – Senator Whitehouse, RI

4:00 – Panel 3: The future of restoration: Gulf of Mexico case study

  • Moderator – Don Boesch
    • President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • NRDA update – David Kennedy, presentation
    • Assistant Administrator, NOAA’s NOS
  • Executive Branch activities – John Hankinson, presentation
    • Executive Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
  • Extramural Gulf restoration research– R. Eugene Turner, presentation
    • Professor, Louisiana State University

5:15 – Robert Detrick, NOAA’s OAR Assistant Administrator, presentation

5:45 – Closing Remarks – Robert Gagosian, President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

6:00 – Reception – Honorary Host: Senator Begich, AK (location Senate Dirksen, room 50)

Travel Information

Information on the Capitol Visitor Center and Transportation options can be found here.

Information on the Senate Dirksen Building including Maps and Transportation options can be found here.

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