First Annual Research Conference

The Stone Living Lab and the Boston Harbor Ecosystem Network held the first annual research conference virtually on Tuesday October 26, 2021. The conference brought together more than 125 participants to discuss ongoing research as well as research needs and opportunities. The conference was designed to advance projects that will inform coastal resilience decisions. Participants also had the option of joining a field trip to get a first-hand look at research in progress.

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conference agenda (10 AM – 5 PM)
  • 10:00am – Welcome, Land Acknowledgement, & Opening Remarks
  • 10:15am – Opening Plenary – Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • 11:00am – Break
  • 11:10am – Researcher Lightning Talks
  • 11:40am – Poster Session/Ask a Researcher
  • 12:15pm – Lunch
  • 1:15pm – Breakout Session 1: Conducting Experiments in Boston Harbor | National Park Service
  • 2:20pm – Breakout Session: Resiliency of Natural and Developed Coastal Systems I UMass Boston
  • 3:30pm – Break
  • 3:45pm – Breakout Session: Co-Benefits of Resiliency Measures & A Welcoming Waterfront I Boston Harbor Now
  • 4:50pm – Summary & Report Out
  • 5:00pm – Closing Remarks
select Conference Posters

Community Science in Boston: Beach Profiling – Annie O’Connell, UMB & Stone Living Lab

Developing Robust Policies for Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Flood Protection in Boston – Jessica Lilquist, PhD Candidate, School for the Environment, UMB

Education and Community Engagement – Rebecca Shoer, Stone Living Lab

Just Adaptation Planning Under Uncertainty: A Preliminary Case Study of East Boston, Massachusetts – Shailee Desai, PhD Candidate, School for the Environment, UMB

Lidar Characterization of Rainsford Island Bluff, pre- and post-Hurricanes Henri and Ida – Francesco Peri et. al., UMB

Nearshore Soft Infrastructure for Coastal Storm Protection and Inhabitable Floating Landscape – The Emerald Tutu

Elizabeth Solomon from the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag starts the conference with a land acknowledgment
UMass Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suarez-Orozco welcomes conference attendees
Cathy Stone, President of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation, also welcomes attendees