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Student Virtual Conference

April 5, 2024 - April 6, 2024


The fight against climate change is everybody's business, and students are at the forefront of fighting for a better future. Come hear the latest research on global warming, wetland restoration, hydrology, biology, and climate change from our perspectives. Cultivate discussions on policy and mitigation, and strategies for combatting climate change. Conference presentations will be invited and contributed.

Registration Costs

Student (SWS member): $35.00
Student (non-member): $55.00*
SWS member (non-student): $75.00
Super Supporter SWS member (non-student): $100.00
Non-member & Non-student: $125.00

*The non-member student registration fee includes an annual student membership for SWS! 

*All times/agenda items are drafted in EST (UTC -05:00) and subject to change.Friday, April 5th

Time in ET (UTC-5)PresentationSpeaker
9:00-10:00amWelcomeDr. Jim Anderson
10:00-10:20amWetland restoration in the face of hydrological and climate changes: lessons from semi-arid AustraliaJan Kreibich

Mitigating Climate Change Impacts with Beaver Related Restoration

Dash Paulson

Historical ecology and soil carbon dynamics in peatlands impacted by industrial smelting contamination (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada)

Samantha Mitchell

Everglades Agricultural Area, Florida: The current status of stable carbon pool

Mumtahina Riza

Exploring Nitrogen Enrichment: Unraveling the Dynamics of MAOM Formation in the Mangrove-Saltmarsh Ecotone along Florida's Northeast Coast

Mercedes Pinzon Delgado

Modeling changes in tidal marsh response to sea-level rise

Mina Shah Surprenant
12:10-1:10pmHour Break

Effects of treated effluent discharge on tree water use and growth in a cypress swamp

Devin Schexnayder

Unique Waters: Wastewater Impacts on Chrissiesmeer's Lake-Wetland Ecosystem

Philasande Mahlako

Evidence that our dustier atmosphere could shift peat chemistry, microbial community structure, and function- with implications for peat carbon fluxes

Jordan Thakar

Enhancing Wastewater Treatment in Wetlands: Phytoremediation in Mpumalanga's Naauwpoort and Phola Plants

Koena Mabistela
2:30-3:00pmArcade/Networking Break

Machine Learning Applications in Wetland Ecology

Nick Chin and Alexis Jackson

A Sustainable Development Goals Workshop: Developing a Toolbox for SDG to Enhance People's Connection to Wetlands

Marcela Strane and Jennifer Ruiz

Saturday, April 6th

Time in ET (UTC-5)PresentationSpeaker
9:00-10:00amStay Involved and Sponsor Thank YouDeja Newton

Geospatial Assessment of Essential Factors for Habitat Suitability of Migratory Birds in the Changing Climatic Conditions

Shubham Kumar

Overlapping extractive activities in Peruvian wetlands

Rosa Sato

Microplastic Pollution Remediation Through Constructed Treatment Wetland Systems

Katherine Johnsen
11:00-11:20amWetland Avifauna In Marjat Baor, Jhenaidah, Bangladesh: Community Structure, Habitat Utilization, Threats And Conservation IssuesAshikur Rahman Shome

Leveraging Climate Models for Ecosystem Resilience

Temaswati Dlamini
11:40am-12:00pmSmall Island/Networking Break
12:00-1:00pmHour Break

Creating Wetland Maps using ArcGIS Workshop

Paul Boudreau

Engaging Communities Through Land Conservation Workshop

Heather Obara

Creating Scientific Websites for scientists

Biplabendu Das

Diversity and Inclusion in Wetland Science

4:10-4:30pmThank you for coming!Anthony Mirabito

Additional Details:

  • The full list of presenters, co-authors, and abstracts are available in this Abstract Book
  • Here are Instructions for joining the Gather Space. Feel free to join before the conference starts to get a feel for it. 

Unable to attend but still want to support SWS students? You can donate directly to the SWS Student Section here!

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Details: Questions? Contact event leaders Deja Newton & Anthony Mirabito at and
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