Nature-Based Coastal Resilience in Urban Settings

Registration now open for the 2023 Stone Living Lab Conference!

Join us for our first in-person conference focused on nature-based approaches in urban coastal settings, to be held April 26-28, 2023 at the UMass Boston Campus Center.

Meet and network with researchers, students, adaptation professionals, and other climate resilience leaders, plus experience all that spring in Boston has to offer!


Volunteer at the Conference! Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in seeing the conference from a different, behind the scenes view? Sign up to become a conference volunteer! By volunteering, you will receive complimentary admission to all conference proceedings and events, including field trips.

Volunteer roles may include but are not limited to registration & attendee management, technical support, logistical support, staffing conference meals & field trips, and note taking.

Peruse the Program Conference Schedule

Formal conference proceedings will be held Wednesday April 26 & Thursday April 27, with field trips taking place on Friday April 28.

Detailed field trip information will be shared with conference registrants via eventbrite
Become a Conference Sponsor! Sponsorship

Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to put your organization front and center for conference attendees, a fantastic opportunity to reach and engage with researchers, students, adaptation professionals, and other climate resilience leaders.

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Sign up today! Registration

All conference attendees must register, including those who have submitted an abstract to present during conference proceedings.

2 Day General – $200  |  1 Day General – $150  |  Student – $50

If the registration fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact

Explore topics Conference Tracks
Permitting, Policy, & Financial Implementation

Presentations addressing barriers and successes during the implementation process are welcome. What do you need to know before, during and after the implementation of a project? What is the role of public private partnerships? What lessons have we learned and what challenges remain?

Assessment of Success

How do we define the success of a nature-based coastal resilience project? Over what timescale? With what metrics? How are social and ecosystem co-benefits valued? All presentations addressing these critical issues of assessing the success of a Nature Based Approach are welcome.

Nature-Based Approaches & Social Equity

Nature-based approaches can invite gentrification, while at the same time creating positive environmental benefits. How do we get it right? What are ways to engage the community in regard to these complex, interactive topics? How to make sure the socio-economic benefits flow to the community?

Where to Stay Accommodations

A limited number of rooms are available through March 21 for a group rate of $229/night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside.

We recommend reserving your room well in advance, as this rate will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Click the link below to book your room through the hotel website. If booking by phone, ask for the “Stone Living Lab Conference” rate.

● Address: 240 Mt. Vernon Street | Boston, Massachusetts, 02125

● Phone: (617) 822-3600

● Email:

Hotel Fact Sheet

Conference Committee

Chair Melanie Gárate

Director of Climate Engagement | Stone Living Lab

Co-Chair Brittany Knotts

Special Projects Manager | Stone Living Lab
Programs and Operations Coordinator | Boston Harbor Now

Member Jahson Alemu

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Marine Science Center, Northeastern University

Member Mark Borrelli

Director | Coastal Processes and Ecosystems (CAPE) Lab
Steering + Research & Monitoring Committees | Stone Living Lab

Member Bob Chen

Professor and Interim Dean | UMass Boston, School for the Environment
Education + Steering + Research and Monitoring Committees | Stone Living Lab

Member Jeff King

Deputy National Lead | Engineering With Nature (EWN),
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Member Paul Kirshen

Professor of Climate Adaptation | UMass Boston, School for the Environment
Research Director | Stone Living Lab

Member Andrew McQueen

Research Biologist | U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)

Member Danielle Perry

Marine Habitat Resource Specialist | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Member Rebecca Shoer

Education and Engagement Program Manager | Stone Living Lab