Program Overview--Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Welcome wine-and-cheese reception at the Ward Museum.

Thursday, June 6

8:30 am - 9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:45 am - Keynote address, Victor Kennedy

Dr. Victor Kennedy is professor emeritus at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and previously taught and performed research at Horn Point Laboratory. He is the author of Shifting Baselines in the Chesapeake Bay (JHU Press, 2018) and numerous articles in scientific journals. With Dr. Willem Roosenburg, he co-edited Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-backed Terrapin (JHU Press, 2018).

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Presentations, multiple tracks

11:10 am - 12:10 pm - Presentations, multiple tracks

12:15 - 1:30 pm - Lunch and “A Celebration of Chesapeake Science” poster session

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Presentations, multiple tracks

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm - Presentations, multiple tracks

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm - Break, snacks provided

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Presentations, multiple tracks

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Crab feast (optional)

Friday, June 7

Optional field trips (at an additional charge) to explore aspects of the Chesapeake and Delmarva. Tentatively scheduled field trips (by no means finalized!):

Behind the Scenes at the Horn Point Laboratory and Oyster Hatchery

Description coming soon. Cost TBD.

Following Harriet Tubman: Creating the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center

Visit the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Park.  Tour will include the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, portions of the surrounding Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and an opportunity to interact with the Park’s education director.  Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and grew up near this site in southern Dorchester County, Maryland.  After escaping slavery as a young woman, she returned to area multiple times to help lead approximately 70 family members and friends to freedom.  The site and Visitor’s Center operate under the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service and Maryland State Parks. Approximately 4 hours.  Box lunches provided. Cost TBD.

Smith Island: A Threatened Island, a Threatened Way of Life (wear long sleeves and long pants, bugs will be hungry)

Smith Island is one of the Chesapeake's most famous communities - this island, never connected to the mainland by a bridge, has been the home of watermen and women since the 17th century. The story of Smith Island is, in many ways, the story of the Chesapeake over the past four hundred years. This tour will depart Salisbury at 9:00 am, returning by 4:00 pm.  We will drive to Crisfield and take a ferry to the island, where we will visit the two communities of Tylerton and Ewell, including visits to the Smith Island Cultural Center, the crab-picking cooperative, conversations with residents, and lunch at Drum Point Market (on your own), which boasts the best crab cake sandwiches to be had anywhere, as well as the official Maryland state dessert - Smith Island Cakes. Cost TBD.

Both conference registrants and their guests may participate in the field trips. Trips will leave at about 9 a.m. with pickups at both the Hampton Inn in Fruitland and the Guerrieri Academic Commons at SU.