York River and Small Coastal Basins Research Symposium - Call for Abstracts

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The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia welcomes abstract submissions for the upcoming York River and Small Coastal Basins Research Symposium.  The event will take place Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, Virginia

Submissions are sought for both oral and poster presentations highlighting theoretical and/or applied research in the York River watershed and adjacent basins (Mobjack, Piankatank).  Topic areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Water quality and contaminant loadings
  • Community resilience and related education
  • Upland, land margin and nearshore habitat research and inventories
  • Habitat/species vulnerability in a changing climate
  • Wildlife and fisheries (including commercial, recreation and aquaculture)
  • Future challenges (advancing a science agenda, enhancing science-based solutions to meet public and resource management needs)

The symposium will provide a forum for the translation and transmission of quality, rigorous and objective science on the state of local watersheds, in addition to the presentation of science-based management and education.  Through information exchange and knowledge transfer, the symposium aims to foster a collective understanding of the current state of the York and small coastal basins, cultivate new partnerships and projects, and inspire place-based solutions that sustain resilient resources.

Abstracts should be submitted via the following Google Form:

The deadline for abstract submission is 5:00pm EST, Friday, February 14, 2020.

Details on the symposium and registration information can be found here.

Should you have any questions please contact Cirse Gonzalez at or 804-684-7144.