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School of Natural Resources and Environment

School of Natural Resources and Environment

SNRE Student Research Symposium

April 22, 2021 - 9 am to 5 pm
Virtual Symposium Schedule

9:00-9:10 Introduction and Welcome
9:00-9:50 Session 1: Humans and the Environment
10:00-10:50 Session 2: Humans and the Environment 2
11:00-11:50 Session 3: Demography
12:00-13:00 Break for Lunch
13:00-13:50 Lightning Talks
14:00-15:00 Keynote Speaker: Kaitlin Kovacs
15:00-15:20 Break
15:20-16:20 Session 4: Organism- Environment Interactions
16:20-16:30 Closing Remarks

Each session will have a dedicated Question and Answer period following the session. We encourage participants to put their questions in the chat feature.

To facilitate a conversation with presenters and attendees during break periods, we have created a Slack link:

Detailed Symposium Schedule

List of Speakers and Abstracts

Symposium Guidelines

Important dates:

21 March: Abstract submission deadline - Extended to March 28

31 March: Notification of abstract acceptance

11 April: Deadline to submit pre-recorded talk files

22 April: Day of Symposium (9 am - 5 pm)

Preparing your talk using Zoom

Adding captions to your presentation

Additional tips for recording your presentation


Kaitlin Kovacs, USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

Drawing on her background in marine science, informal education, and science outreach, Kaitlin Kovacs communicates the science of more than 200 researchers across the Southeast and Caribbean to various stakeholders, including Congress, media, natural resource managers, and the general public. Prior to leading the U.S. Geological Survey’s Wetland and Aquatic Research Center’s (WARC) outreach and communications program, Kaitlin worked as a biologist in a benthic ecology lab focused on understanding community structure and trophodynamics of coastal and deep-sea ecosystems. Kaitlin has a B.S. in Biology from U.F. and a Master in Environmental Management, with a concentration in Marine Ecosystem Science and Conservation, from Duke University. Her graduate work investigated coral reef restoration in the Maldives.

Kaitlin will present an overview of USGS WARC science, the USAjobs platform, and other career topics, and some lessons learned throughout her own career as a federal science agency employee.

Kaitlin Kovacs, USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center