November 9, 2017

The Environmental Law Institute and Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy were pleased to hold the Fifth Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop on Stetson Law's Gulfport campus. This year's workshop focused on the status and conservation of reefs, mangroves and seagrasses, and the use of compensatory mitigation to offset coastal wetland impacts. The workshop included an optional morning field trip to a nearby wetland and concluded with an evening poolside networking reception.


Draft Agenda (Subject to Change)

9:00 am

Optional Mitigation Site Field Trip

12:00 pm

Opening Remarks

12:15 pm

Session One: Status and Conservation of Reefs, Mangroves, and Seagrass
Foreman Biodiversity Lecture: Dr. Max Finlayson, Charles Sturt University, Australia

12:45 pm

Panel Discussion:

  • Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida College of Marine Science
  • Dr. Gary Raulerson, Tampa Bay Estuary Program
  • Dr. Benjamin Tanner, Stetson University
  • Moderator: Dr. Kirsten Work, Stetson University

2:00 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm

Session Two: Using Compensatory Mitigation to Offset Coastal Wetland Impacts
Keynote Address: David Urban, Ecosystem Investment Partners

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion:

  • Michael Dema, City of St. Petersburg
  • Christina Storz, Natural Resources Section, NOAA Office of General Counsel
  • Erin Okuno, Stetson University College of Law
  • Moderator: Jay Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute

4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

5:15 pm

Poolside Networking Reception sponsored by Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.