Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Event will take place over Zoom

Event Fee:
$10 for non-Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partners
Free for Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partners

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance with support from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation invites oyster practitioners of all types—early career professionals, graduate students, researchers, restoration experts, growers and watermen—to convene and explore emerging science and innovative approaches to advance the oyster population of Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium unites the fields of oyster restoration, aquaculture, and science to explore the potential for accelerating and maximizing the ecological and economic gains obtainable in each area.

We are assembling an all-star lineup of oyster experts, post-docs, faculty, and industry practitioners for our second Symposium. Multiple panel discussions featuring more than 20 speakers are intended to offer succinct presentations and ample Q&A around each topic. The Symposium will also feature a round of lightning-talks by young scientists and early career professionals (attendees may self-select to present when they register) and frequent breaks to combat the dreaded “Zoom fatigue.”

The Symposium will be focused on emerging science and innovative approaches to advance the oyster population of Chesapeake Bay, but we welcome attendees from all locations (e.g., the East, Gulf, and West Coasts—and even other countries as we had last year).


10:30 a.m. Join Zoom and Convene the Audience
10:45-11:00 a.m. Welcome
Tanner Council, Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)
Richard Keurajian and Will Smiley, The Tides Inn
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Abundant Oyster: Increasing Our Yields
Moderator—Steve Pattison, Solar Oysters
Improving Survival in Aquaculture—Bill Walton, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)
Optimizing Oyster Restoration—Rom Lipcius, VIMS
Genetic Breeding to Advance Aquaculture—Ming Liu, Morgan State University
12:00-12:30 p.m. Break
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lightning Talks*: Rapid-fire presentations by emerging scientists
1:00-1:50 p.m. Knowing Our Oysters: Advancements in Monitoring
Moderator—Scott Budden, Orchard Point Oyster Company
Chesapeake Reefs: Reef Habitats and Biodiversity—Matt Ogburn, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Large-Scale Monitoring—Olivia Caretti, Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP)
Know Your Enemy: Parasites, HABs, and Bacteria—Willy Reay, VIMS
2:00-2:50 p.m. Converging Currents: Cooperation Across Sectors
Moderator—Bryan Hofmann, Friends of the Rappahanock
SOAR Program 2.0— Zach Greenberg, Pew Charitable Trusts
Co-locating Oysters and Grasses—Erin Shields, VIMS
Alternative Rock: Non-traditional Substrate and Gear—Andrew Button, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
3:00-4:00 p.m. Oysters Unlimited: Visions of the Future
Moderator—Allison Colden, CBF
Community Collaboration—Brent Huntsinger, Friends of the Rappahannock
Large-Scale Restoration and Alternative Substrates— Ward Slacom, ORP
Success Through Stakeholder Cooperation—Tommy Kellum, Kellum Seafood
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Tanner Council, Chesapeake Oyster Alliance Manager, CBF

*Graduate students who are interested in presenting during the 5-7 minute Lightning Round can sign up during registration.

Please join us and share this event widely with your networks! And by all means, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for clever ways to promote the program among oyster practitioners.

Questions can be directed to Tanner Council at [email protected].

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