Keynote Speakers and Panelists

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Mark Rains, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer for the State of Florida

Plenary Talk (Tuesday 6/6)



Ed Sherwood

Director of Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Plenary Talk (6/7)

Ed Sherwood has served as the Tampa Bay Estuary Program's Executive Director since February 2018 after serving as its Senior Scientist for over a decade prior. Ed is responsible for maintaining TBEP’s strong interlocal partnerships and catalyzing the bay’s science-based restoration and recovery strategies. He directs TBEP’s technical and public outreach initiatives and serves as the primary policy liaison between its many public and private partners. Ed holds a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of West Florida, and a M.S. degree in Marine Fisheries and Ecology from the University of Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys boating on the bay and travelling with his wife and two kids.


Maya Trotz, Ph.D.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida

JEDI Panel (6/8)

Dr. Maya Trotz (she/her/hers) is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She is the Principal Investigator of multiple federally funded projects, including STRONG Coasts, a National Research Traineeship program to foster food, energy, and water solutions with coastal communities, Large-scale CoPe: Reducing Climate Risks with Equitable Nature-based Solutions: Engaging Communities on Reef-Lined Coasts, BlueGAP, a Blue Economy Accelerator initiative to improve nutrient management. She has led projects to increase research experiences for undergraduate students and teachers, and currently leads an interdisciplinary team to improve undergraduate STEM education by addressing issues of equity and inclusivity in civil and environmental engineering curriculum. She also works on the knowledge management component of a Green Climate Fund project, “Water Sector Resilience Nexus for Sustainability in Barbados.” She is a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors and a board member of Fragments of Hope Corp, a non-profit focused on coral restoration in Belize. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from MIT, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and is an Elates at Drexel® Fellow. 

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Maya Carrasquillo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley

JEDI Panel (6/8)