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Past Meetings

Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration (CEER): July 28 - August 1, 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana

Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration logoCEER is a collaborative effort of the leaders of the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).

CEER brought together ecological and ecosystem restoration scientists and practitioners to address challenges and share information about restoration projects, programs, and research from across North America.


Fifth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration - 2013

The purpose of NCER is to provide an interactive forum for physical, biological and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, planners and policy makers to share their experiences and research results concerning large-scale ecosystem restoration on both national and international levels. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn about both large-scale and small local ecosystem restoration efforts and what their colleagues working at these levels have learned, what factors contributed to success, and how barriers and obstacles were overcome. Participants explored the roles of policy, planning and science in establishing goals and performance expectations for achieving successful and sustainable ecosystem restoration. They also looked at the importance of considering ecosystem services in restoration cost:benefit discussions. Successful partnerships and means to leverage resources were important themes that ran through this conference. Visit the conference website.


Joint Conference of: 9TH INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Annual Conference and Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference - 2012

INTECOL International Wetlands Conference provided an opportunity to review and collaborate on advances in wetland science in ecological, physical, biogeochemical and social sciences pertinent to wetland management and policy. The conference was a forum to discuss threats, challenges and integrated solutions for sustainable restoration and management of wetlands in our changing world. Visit the GEER 2012 website.


Fourth National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration - 2011

The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) has become a critical force in addressing the nationís ecosystem restoration needs, bringing together restoration leaders and experts to share learning and seek common solutions. NCER 2011 presented a full and outstanding program of technical presentations representing all areas of the country and provided a deeper exploration of the Chesapeake Bay Program. Two stimulating coffee house discussions were had: one on addressing the remaining challenges in achieving CB restoration goals and the other on providing perspectives from seasoned journalists on effective public communication regarding ecosystem restoration. Visit the conference website.


Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference - 2010

GEER 2010 Conference, "The Greater Everglades: A Living Laboratory of Change". This conference provided a valuable forum for restoration practitioners - including private, public and tribal decision makers, engineers, planners, resource managers, and scientists, an opportunity to share their knowledge and challenges concerning restoration of this national treasure - the Greater Everglades. Visit the GEER 2010 website.


Third National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration - 2009

The purpose of Third NCER was to provide an interactive forum for physical, biological and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, planners and policy makers to share their experiences and research results concerning large-scale ecosystem restoration on both national and international levels. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn about both large-scale and small local ecosystem restoration efforts and what their colleagues working at these levels have learned, what factors contributed to success, and how barriers and obstacles were overcome. The roles of policy, planning and science in establishing goals and performance expectations for achieving successful and sustainable ecosystem restoration was explored. The importance of considering ecosystem services in restoration benefit:cost discussions was also looked at. Successful partnerships and means to leverage resources were an important theme of this conference. Visit the conference website.


A Conference on Ecosystem Services

In December, 2008, A Conference on Ecosystem Services, brought together government, non-governmental organization, academia, tribal, and private sector leaders to advance the use of ecosystem services and related science in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions. The primary objective of ACES was to provide an open forum to discuss the latest and most innovative methods, tools, and processes for assessing ecosystem services while facilitating their effective use in planning and decision making. Learn more about the ACES Conference...


2008 Florida Bay  and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference

The Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference was a forum for researchers to exchange technical information, to share that information with resource managers and other interested conference attendees, and to establish collaborative partnerships. The conference provided scientists an opportunity to highlight their research through oral and poster presentations and open discussions. Learn more about the 2008 Conference...


Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference - 2008

Eco Pond photoGEER 2008 is to provide a forum for restoration practitioners - including private, public and tribal decision makers, engineers, planners, resource managers, scientists - to share their knowledge and challenges concerning restoration of this national treasure - the Greater Everglades. So, what is this vast and wonderful system we call the Greater Everglades? Visit the GEER 2008 website.



Second National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

The purpose of 2nd NCER was to provide a forum for physical, biological, and social scientists, engineers, resource managers, planners and policy-makers to share their knowledge and research results concerning ecosystem restoration throughout the United States. The public forum allowed attendees to exchange information and "lessons learned" on opportunities for and challenges of achieving ecosystem restoration through partnership. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn about multi-scale ecosystem restoration programs (e.g., Missouri River, Great Lakes , Everglades, San Francisco Bay/Delta, Chesapeake Bay Columbia River, Louisiana Coastal Area, Puget Sound, Mississippi River) and what has contributed to success, as well as lessons learned from these programs. The roles of policy, planning and science in establishing goals and performance expectations for achieving successful and sustainable ecosystem restoration were also explored. Successful partnerships and means to leverage resources were an important component of these meetings. Visit the conference website.


Photo of scientists in front of their boothGreater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference - 2006

Sustainable restoration of the Greater Everglades requires effective integration of Planning, Policy and Science. The purpose of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Conference is to provide a forum for restoration practitioners – decision makers, engineers, planners, resource managers, scientists – to share their knowledge and challenges concerning restoration of this national treasure – the Greater Everglades. So, what is this vast and wonderful system we call the Greater Everglades? The Greater Everglades is an interlinked complex of natural and human ecosystems from the Kissimmee River at the top through Lake Okeechobee, the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries to the east and the Caloosahatchee Estuary to the west, southward to the Everglades and Florida Bay with the Keys at the bottom; and, from Biscayne Bay and other coastal systems on the east to Big Cypress, Ten Thousand Islands and other coastal systems on the west. Learn more about GEER 2006...



Photo of a talk given during the workshopArthur R.Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Science Workshops

In May 2004, a science workshop was held with the purpose of provid ing a forum for discussing A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge science needs as well as providing an overview of research already being conducted on the refuge. Objectives of the workshop included making a broader audience aware of the mana gement issues on the refuge that need science support; illustrating current research on the refuge, and opportunities for others to conduct research on the refuge; and beginning (or continuing) dialog among researchers and refuge staff to provide a foundation for future collaboration and partnerships. The workshop was held again in 2005. Learn more...



Photo of Pamela Telis, Aaron Higer, Chip Groat, Arturo Torres, and Martha Garcia.First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration

This First National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration (NCER) was held December 6-10, 2004 in Orlando, Florida at the Wyndham Palace. It enabled national and international information exchange on many issues involved in landscape-scale ecosystem restoration. Fellow scientists, educators, and restoration planners, managers and decision-makers met to discuss similarities and differences and successes and failures of ecosystem restoration programs throughout the country. Learn more...



photo of people standing amoung pine treesWilliam B. Robertson, Jr., Memorial Pineland Fire Ecology and Management Workshop

This February, 2004 meeting reviewed and discussed current fire management and research in pineland ecosystems, with an emphasis on pine rocklands, in South Florida and the Bahamas. The results of these discussions will be used to create a vision, goals, and action items for a new working group focused on fostering pine rockland fire ecology research and informed management practices. A workshop Summary is available from this meeting.



collage of three screen shots from presentationsAnnual Technical Presentations Meeting - SFWMD/USGS Cooperative Program

Held Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Several presentations from this meeting are available online.



Joint Conference: Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Science Conference and the Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference

Held April 13-18, 2003

photos showing florida bay and the evergladesThe Florida Bay and Adjacent Marine Systems Science Conference and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (G.E.E.R.) Science Conference was, for the first time ever, held in conjunction to provide a joint forum for the exchange of information among physical, biological and social scientists.

The Joint Conference on the Science and Restoration of the Greater Everglades and Florida Bay Ecosystem was conducted April 13-18, 2003 at the Westin Innisbrook, just 25 miles from Tampa. Learn more...



Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Informational Workshop Series

Held April 29-May 29, 2002

The Informational Workshop Series was a series of five meetings conducted by USGS's South Florida Ecosystem Program to present current research and receive comments on future direction. Through interactions at these Informational Workshops, attendees helped guide the USGS in its mission of providing science information, modeling and decision support tools relevant to the CERP and GEER. Learn more about this workshop...

Topics included:

  • Ecosystem History and Paleoecology graphic showing people exchanging ideas
  • *Hydrological Modeling and Related Processes
  • *Ecological Modeling and Related Processes
  • Landscape Mapping and Topography
  • Contaminants [Hg, etc.] and Biogeochemical Processes

*USGS and SFWMD models presented



Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference

Held December 11-15, 2000

image of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration conference logo The purpose of the GEER conference was to provide a forum for physical, biological, and social scientists to share their knowledge and research results concerning Everglades restoration. The objectives of the conference was to define specific restoration goals, determine the best approaches to meet these goals, and provide benchmarks that could be used to measure the success of restoration efforts over time. To these ends, the conference recognized the need to synthesize information gathered since the first Everglades conference, the interdisciplinary nature of Everglades restoration, and the need to adapt scientific understanding to management action. Learn more...



photo of scientist collecting a water sample

USGS Water Quality Workshop

Held October 23-24, 2000
West Palm Beach, FL

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) held an informational workshop on water quality investigations conducted under the USGS South Florida Ecosystem Program. Eleven principal investigators presented the results of their projects. Learn more ....



South Florida Restoration Science Forum

Held May 17-19, 1999

The South Florida Restoration Science Forum website highlights the powerful connection between science and management decisions in restoration efforts. You can see first-hand how the public's investment in science is paying off in support of better management decisions and restoration of imperiled south Florida Ecosystems - including the South Florida Restoration Science Forum internationally recognized, globally significant Everglades. The Forum affords a unique opportunity for everyone to see highlights of the most significant restoration science and management efforts underway. Hundreds of scientists from numerous organizations have prepared over five hundred posters and exhibits to show you the strength of the science that is done to have science-based decisions in managing the restoration effort. The forum is being held by the Working Group of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force whoses member organizations are responsible for the multi billion dollar restoration projects in south Florida. Learn more...

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