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17th Annual Meeting

May 23-25, 2017
University of Georgia

Hosted by the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems
Athens, Georgia

Ecological Engineering for Adaption in the Anthropocene

Welcome to the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Ecological Engineering Society. We are excited to host this year’s meeting and the continuation of a legacy surrounded by the vibrant heritage of Athens, GA. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Ecological Engineering for Adaptation in the Anthropocene”. In the spirit of this theme, we hope to synergize efforts and integrate ecological engineering as viewed through the lens of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and society to advance the development of sustainable ecosystems while fostering education and outreach in a constantly changing world. The meeting will consist of a plenary session, technical sessions, poster presentations, a student design competition, networking opportunities, and a suite of field trips including an opportunity to visit the Georgia coast. Find all the information you need regarding the meeting agenda, logistics, abstract submission, and field trips here. Please remember to patronize our valued sponsors and invite your colleagues to attend.

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Meeting Agenda

Monday, May 22, 2017

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Arrival, Attendee pick-up and Registration at The Classic Center

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Informal Gathering and Sponsor Table Setup at The Classic Center


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7:00 am - 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast, Registration and Poster Set-Up 

8:00 am: Student Design Competition Meeting 

8:30 am - 10:30 am: Welcome and Plenary Session with Invited Speakers Joan Nassauer and Joe Mulligan and Chelina Odbert

10:30 am - 11:50 am: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Ecological Restoration

  • Innovation in Measurement and Data Collection

  • Stormwater Management

11:50 pm - 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch with Invited Speaker Darryl Haddock

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Ecological Connectivity

  • Sustainable Food Systems

  • Engaged Education

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm: Break

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

  • Fluvial Geomorphology

  • Urban Ecosystems

3:40 pm - 3:50 pm: Break

3:50 pm - 5:10 pm: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Constructed Wetlands

  • Bioenergy and Applications

  • Socio-cultural Dimensions

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Bus transportation to Terrapin Brewery

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Welcome Dinner Reception at Terrapin Brewery

9:00 pm - 9:30 pm: Bus transportation to The Classic Center 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

9:00 am - 10:20 pm: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Resilient Coastlines

  • Antibiotics and Nutrients in Agricultural Applications

  • Urban Innovation and Revitalization

10:20 am - 10:40 am: Break

10:40 am - 12:00 pm: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Stream Habitats and Environmental Flows

  • Tools for Decision Support

  • Nutrient Removal and Analysis

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Local Field Tours

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Poster Session

Thursday, May 25, 2017

8:30 am - 9:50 am: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Wetland Restoration and Management

  • Phytoremediation

  • TBD

9:50 am - 10:10 am: Break

10:10 am - 11:50 am: Concurrent Technical Sessions

  • Contamination Analysis and Remediation

  • Urban Planning and Resilience

  • TBD

11:50 am - 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Business Meeting

2:00 pm: Depart for Coastal Georgia Field Trip

3:00 pm: Informal Activity

Friday, May 26, 2017

8:00 am - 3:30 pm: Atlanta Green Infrastructure Tour

8:00 am - 8:00 pm: Coastal Georgia Field Trip

Detailed Agenda with Technical Sessions

Field Trips

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UGA Sustainability Tour

Walking tour that highlights an array of sustainability initiatives at the University of Georgia. The walking tour will weave through the historic North Campus with a focus on natural and cultural resources as well as current programs designed to restore ecosystems and reduce energy, water, waste, and carbon emissions in the campus living laboratory. 

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UGA Watershed Tour

This tour will make stops throughout the University of Georgia watershed featuring a visit to the 840-acre Whitehall Forest and the Oconee River to discuss dam removal and initiatives of Watershed UGA. Additional stops might include a visit to Lake Herrick and the UGArden farm.

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State Botanical Gardens

This field tour will make a visit to see the vibrant flora of the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia located in Athens, GA. The tour will cover education and research through local natural areas, restoration, and battles with invasive species.

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Atlanta Green Infrastructure

This tour will make a visit to the City of Atlanta exploring and discussing the award-winning beltline and other green infrastructure initiatives. An additional cost of $45 is required to cover transportation and lunch.

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Coastal Georgia Tour

Departing Thursday evening and returning on Friday evening, this field tour will make a visit to the Georgia coast to see the Pfizency Wetland Center, Wormsloe Historic Site, living shorelines, Tybee Island, Fort Pulasky, Savannah's Green Infrastructure, and potentially the aquarium and oyster hatchery. An additional cost of $95 is required covering transportation, lodging, a low country boil, breakfast, and lunch. Space is limited to 15 people on a first come first serve basis.

17th Annual Meeting Sponsors

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