Biennial Science Conference

A woman kneels in the dune to measure vegetation.

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Join us for the 11th Biennial Science Conference

Fire Island National Seashore has hosted a biennial conference since 1997 to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the seashore's natural and cultural features and about research projects currently or recently conducted on Fire Island and at the William Floyd Estate. The 2018 conference will highlight post-Hurricane Sandy research.

Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
Presentations and poster session (full schedule below)
Patchogue Ferry Terminal, Patchogue, NY

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An evening with science communicators: digital storytellers help share the science of the seashore and students share their research
St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY

Saturday, April 28, 2018

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Field trip and tour (description below)
Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island

Email for more information or to register.


2018 Science Conference Schedule

Friday, April 27, 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Location: Patchogue Ferry Terminal

8:00 - 9:00 AM Registration & Welcome National Park Service (NPS)
9:05 AM Managing a Dynamic Landscape Superintendent Chris Soller, NPS
9:30 AM A Storm of Ecological Research & Monitoring following Hurricane Sandy Sara Stevens, NPS Northeast Coastal & Barrier Network
9:55 AM Tracking Shorebirds & Seabirds Using Radio Telemetry Pam Loring, USFWS
10:20 AM Break and Posters
10:50 AM Habitat Mapping for Resource Management Monique LaFrance, University of Rhode Island
11:15 AM Effects of Hurricane Sandy on Great South Bay: Assessing Water Quality, Seagrass & Nekton Communities Bradley Peterson, Stony Brook University
11:40 AM Recovery in an Urban Ecosystem - Lessons from Sandy Patti Rafferty, NPS Gateway National Recreation Area
12:05 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Determining Fire Island National Seashore's vulnerable natural/cultural resources and facilities for
prioritizing and adapting in an uncertain world of
climate change
Amanda Babson, NPS Northeast Climate Adaptation
1:55 PM Factors Affecting Post-Sandy Overwash Vegetation Recovery Chellby Kilheffer, SUNY ESF
2:20 PM Modeling Saltmarsh Response to Sea-level Rise Holly Plastid, NPS Northeast Coastal & Barrier Network
2:45 PM Break and Posters
3:15 PM Understanding Resilience: Measuring and Modeling Hurricane Sandy Impacts and Recovery from the Nearshore to the Breach to the Beach Jennifer Miselis, USGS
3:40 PM Sharing Park Science: Telling the story of research and monitoring in our national parks - Panel Discussion National Park Service
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM An Evening with Science Communicators: Digital Storytelling and Poster Session
LOCATION: St. Joseph's College


Saturday, April 28, 9:00 to 11:00 AM

A tour, led by National Park Service staff and partners, will visit five stops to learn about the science of this Fire Island National Seashore site. Participants will hear from scientists who track migratory hawks, monitor horseshoe crabs, and collaborate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Fire Island Inlet to Moriches Inlet sand stabilization project. The morning will close with a tour of the Fresnel Lens Building and Fire Island Lighthouse. Registration is required.

Science Conference Abstracts

Digital copies of abstracts providing a brief synopsis of the presentations from many of Fire Island National Seashore's past conferences can be made available.

The 2018 conference abstracts will be available soon. Please email us to request a copy.

Learn more about the science of the seashore.


Last updated: April 10, 2018

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