The theme of this year’s conference is Climate Change & the Patuxent River: Local Implications of Global Issues. This theme was chosen based on feedback from last year’s conference participants who wanted to learn more about climate research occurring in the region as well as learn best practices for climate change focused communication, outreach and advocacy.
National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708
The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located within the Patuxent Research Refuge, also home to the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The 12,841 acre refuge has land surrounding the Patuxent and Little Patuxent rivers between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD. The Refuge's mission is to conserve and protect the nation's wildlife and habitat through research and wildlife management techniques.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melissa Kenney
Dr. Melissa A. Kenney is an Associate Research Professor in Environmental Decision Analysis and Indicators at the University of Maryland, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center and the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-Maryland. She is also affiliated with the Department of Geography. Her research broadly addresses how to integrate both scientific knowledge and societal values into policy decision-making under uncertainty. Her research expertise includes conceptual modeling and decision structuring, indicators, systems analysis, multi-attribute methods, and evaluation of decision support to address environmental policy decisions. These methods have been applied to a range of topics including participatory global change indicators, setting environmental policy criteria, economic analyses for restoration alternatives assessment, expert elicitation, and value of information of indicators. Dr. Kenney was an AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow, focusing on stakeholder engaged research to create climate-resilient solutions in the U.S. and Chesapeake Bay region. She earned a Ph.D. from Duke University, focusing on water quality modeling and decision analysis.
Panel & Sessions Speakers:
USFWS Patuxent Research Refuge
Montgomery County Planning Department
Kari St. Laurent
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
Kelly Nash & Megan Anderson
National Aquarium in Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve - Maryland