Plenary Speakers

Whether you are new to wetland science or a seasoned expert, you are sure to learn something new from our outstanding lineup of plenary speakers. These renowned experts will share research findings, management techniques and new perspectives. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and hear from leaders in the field.

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Grace Brush, MD

Johns Hopkins University

OPENING PLENARY SPEAKER: A PALOECOLOGICAL HISTORY OF FRESH AND TIDAL MARSHES IN THE CHESAPEAKE

Grace S. Brush is a Professor Emerita of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She received a B.A. in economics (1949) at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, a M.S. in botany (1951) at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, and a Ph.D. in biology (1956) at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Brush has three major publications: Historical land use, nitrogen and coastal eutrophication: a paleoecological perspective (2009), rates and patterns of estuarine sediment accumulation (1989), and the natural forests of Maryland: an explanation of the vegetation map of Maryland (1980).

Brush has also written two books: Decoding the Deep Sediments: the Ecological History of Chesapeake Bay (2017) and Discovering the Chesapeake: the History of an Ecosystem (2001).

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Ülo Mander, MD

University of Tartu, Estonia

CLOSING PLENARY SPEAKER: IMPACTS OF DISTURBANCE ON WETLAND GREENHOUSE GAS BALANCE

Ülo Mander is Professor of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology and Head of the Department of Geography, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences at the University of Tartu, Estonia. He received a B.Sc. in physical geography (1977) and Ph.D. in biology/ecology (1983) at the University of Tartu, Estonia.

His research and teaching are focused on biogeosciences (nutrient cycling in various wetlands and landscapes) and ecological engineering (constructed wetlands: design and performance). He has been supervisor of 32 PhD theses and is currently supervising 15 PhD students in biogeosciences, environmental research and engineering.

He has been involved in 14 EU 5th, 6th, 7th FP and Horizon 2020 projects. He was Lead author of the 2013 Supplement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for NGGIP: Wetlands. He has organized (as head or member of organization and scientific committee) 55 international conferences, symposia and workshops. Prof. Mander has been visiting scientist/professor at various universities and research centers in Germany, Sweden, Norway, Japan, China, USA and France. Since 1994 he is/has been editor/ member of editorial board of 9 international peer reviewed journals and is currently editor of following journals: Ecological Engineering, Wetlands, and Regional Environmental Change.