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2023 NY-NJ HEP State of the Estuary Conference

2023 NY-NJ HEP State of the Estuary Conference

Join us to learn about key indicators of our estuary’s health and how they are trending! The NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP) hosts an annual conference that brings together officials from local, state and federal government, non-profit advocates, utilities, scientists and private consultants. This year’s HEP conference is focused on the changing conditions of our Estuary and what the best available data for 30+ indicators can tell us about our estuarine health and current environmental trends. Stay tuned for more information.

Call for Abstracts

As part of this year’s conference, HEP invites researchers to contribute to our shared understanding of how our estuary is changing, including how it influences the ecological and social systems connected to it. Applicants can be working in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, consulting, utilities or community groups. We will host virtual presentations as well as an in-person poster session.

The theme of the conference is The State of the Estuary: An Assessment of Environmental Conditions. Any research projects located (at least in part) within the boundary of the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program that address the following are welcome to submit an abstract:

  • Trends in environmental quality over time, including water or habitat quality, species abundance and biodiversity, legacy contamination, and contaminants of emerging concern
  • Demonstrated effects or modeled predictions of climate change impacts to habitats, wildlife, or human communities
  • Research on how people have engaged with the estuary and have been impacted over time, including topics such as public access, community engagement, and environmental justice.

  • You may submit one or both of the following types of presentations:

    • Oral Presentation: Selected 15-minute presentations will be grouped with similar talks to form thematic remote sessions.
    • Poster Presentations: Printed posters will be showcased as part of the in-person conference session as well as displayed remotely through our conference software.

    In addition, we are hosting a student symposium during the conference, highlighting research of any kind within the estuary and pertaining to the State of the Estuary. Any undergraduate or graduate student is invited to propose a lightning talk (5 minutes) and participate in a group discussion during this remote session. Students are also able to submit a poster to be showcased during the in-person event.

    All accepted presenters will receive complimentary access to the in-person and virtual conference sessions. HEP strongly encourages a diversity of perspectives and representation including community science, non-traditional presentations and new partners.

    Abstracts are due by October 13, 2023. For any questions contact Allison Fitzgerald at afitzgerald@njcu.edu.

    Submit your abstract here.

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