Program Overview

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Registration and Welcome Reception at the Ward Museum (included in conference registration)

SHUTTLE/PARKING INFORMATION Vans will run from 4:30-5:30 and 6:30-7:30 in a continuous loop among the Hampton Inn in Fruitland, the dorm (Dogwood Village), and the Ward Museum. There also is ample free parking at the Ward Museum.

Part of Salisbury University, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art features the world’s largest and finest public collection of decorative and antique decoys. It advances the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature, and culture and reflects the heritage of maritime communities of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond. During our conference, the Ward Museum will have on display an exhibit entitled “Chesapeake Visual Icons.” Paired with iconic historical images of the Chesapeake Bay and its people, works by contemporary photographers will offer a powerful sense of where we have been and where we are.

Thursday, June 6

SHUTTLE/PARKING INFORMATION A shuttle van will be operating on a continuous loop between the Hampton Inn in Fruitland and the Guerrieri Academic Commons from 8 am to 9:15 am and 5 pm to 8:15 p.m. You also may park on campus, but you need to get a free parking pass at least two business days ahead of time at Visitor Parking.

8:15 am - 8:45 am - Registration and Breakfast

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 4th floor

8:45 am - 9:00 am - Welcome

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 4th floor

Beatriz Hardy, Chair, Conference Steering Committee, and Karen L. Olmstead, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Salisbury University

9:00 am - 9:45 am - Keynote address, “Depleting the Immense Protein Factory that was Chesapeake Bay,” Victor Kennedy

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 4th floor

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 - 11:15 am - Concurrent sessions

Discussion: Building Socio-ecological Resilience to Climate Change through Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 401 (Board Room)

Moderator: Michael Paolisso, University of Maryland College Park


  • Sasha Land Maryland, Department of Natural Resources

  • Jennifer Raulin, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  • Jennifer Dindinger, Maryland Sea Grant Extension

  • Andrew Webster, Salisbury University

  • Elizabeth Van Dolah, University of Maryland College Park

Presentations: Servitude and Race in the Broader Chesapeake

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 430K (Nabb Center Classroom)

Moderator: Creston Long, Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture, Salisbury University

  • “Attended with many Evils”: A Case of Manumission in Colonial Maryland

    Beatriz Hardy, Salisbury University 

  • The Mystery of Margaret: Unraveling the Story of Harriet Tubman’s “Daughter”

    Jeffrey Ludwig, Seward House Museum                               

11:30 am - 12:45 pm - Concurrent sessions

Presentations: Maritime and Material Culture

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 430K (Nabb Center Classroom)

Moderator: Maarten Pereboom, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University

  • "The Celebrated Wreckers": B & J Baker & Company of Norfolk

    Anna Holloway, Independent Scholar         

  • A Case for Character: Leadership Lessons Learned from a 19th-century Eastern Shore Schooner Captain

    Paul Ewell, Virginia Wesleyan University/Eastern Shore Watermen's Museum  

  •  Wooden boat builders in Eastern Shore society, 1840-2000

    Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum             

Presentations: Transdisciplinary Research Approaches in Chesapeake Bay

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 401 (Board Room)

Moderator: Michael Scott, Henson School of Science and Technology, Salisbury University

Presenters are all from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science - Integration and Application Network

  • Combining narratives and visuals to communicate transdisciplinary research

    William C. Dennison

  • Using conceptual diagrams as synthesis tools for transdisciplinary science

    Emily Nastase

  • Community based monitoring contributes local data to managing the Chesapeake Bay

    Nathan Miller

  • Co-designing a citizen science program for monitoring submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chesapeake Bay

    Suzanne Spitzer

  • Incorporating transdisciplinary indicators into the Chesapeake Bay report card

    Heath Kelsey

  • Stakeholder perceptions on the benefits and limitations of a transdisciplinary report card for the Chesapeake Bay

    Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

1:00 - 1:45 pm - Lunch in the GAC Assembly Hall (included in conference registration)

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm - “A Celebration of Chesapeake Science” poster session

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 4th floor

  • Changes in the Wicomico River Stream Morphology from 1938 - 2010

    Charles Lavan and Chris Cagle, Salisbury University

  • Cross Tabulation Analysis of Forest Cover Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed: 2001 – 2011

    Nicholas Johnson and Brandon Vermillion, Salisbury University

  • Dietary Niche Overlap and Potential Partitioning Between the Endangered Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) and Other Turtle Species

    Eaqan A. Chaudhry, Salisbury University

  • Impacts of the Watershed Stewards Academies

    Jennifer Dindinger, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension

  • Landscape and Habitat Parameters Influencing Pond Occupancy of The Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) in Maryland and Delaware

    Hannah G. Small and Kathleen D. Stafford, Salisbury University

  • Machine Learning Algorithms for Satellite Remote Sensing of Ocean Color in Coastal Waters

    Marvin Li, James M. Bennett High School

  • Quantifying the Impact of Agricultural Ditches on Stream Discharge for Selected Watersheds on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay

    Ashley Luton and Daniel Milbrath, Salisbury University

  • Spatial Analysis of Eastern Shore Slave Ownership and Voting Patterns

    Kevin Bedwell and Andrew Haislip, Salisbury University

  • Spatial and Statistical Analyses of the Influence of Chesapeake Bay Sea Surface Temperatures on Severe Weather Reports

    Maximilian Magness and Amber Millison, Salisbury University

  • Visualizing and Assessing Coastal Inundation Risks due to Climate Change: Case Studies on Baltimore and Dorchester County in Maryland

    Xiaohong (Sophie) Wang and Samuel Barnes, Salisbury University, and Fan Zhang, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm - Concurrent sessions

Presentations: Environment and Policy

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 430K (Nabb Center Classroom)

Moderator: Michael Lewis, Department of Environmental Studies, Salisbury University

  • A Watershed Moment: Science, Politics, Activism, and the Creation of the First Chesapeake Bay Agreement, 1973 - 1983

Andrew Ramey, Carnegie Mellon University              

  • The Industrial Bay: Oyster Dredging and the Redefinition of an Environmental Space, 1870-1900

Austin Kibler, Research Librarian               

  • On the Border of the Tropics: Toward a Historical Synthesis of the Chesapeake Bay's Ecological Crisis

Lynn Nelson, Middle Tennessee State University             

Presentations: Chesapeake and Delmarva Culture and Economy     

Guerrieri Academic Commons, 401 (Board Room)

Moderator: Jackson Medel, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

  • The Fall Line: Engine Room of the Chesapeake

Gregory Hargreaves, University of Delaware      

  • The Archival Document and the National Wildlife Refuge: A Settler's Meditation on Colonialism in Delmarva

Ryan Koons, Maryland Folklife Archive          

  •  The Farm Security Administration's Photographs of Roma on the Maryland Eastern Shore

James Deutsch, Smithsonian Institution              

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Screening of Documentary, “An Island Out of Time,” followed by Q&A with Tom Horton, one of the creators of the documentary (optional, free)

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall, 4th floor

Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Journal and created by Sandy Cannon-Brown, Tom Horton, and Dave Harp, the documentary is described as “both celebration and elegy for a place beset with rising sea levels and erosion, pollution and harvest restrictions, and young people seeking opportunities older generations of islanders never dreamed of—all this seen through the lens of the Marshall family of Smith Island.”

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Crab feast (optional, additional charge, additional guests welcome)

Guerrieri Academic Commons, Assembly Hall terrace, 4th floor

Friday, June 7

Optional field trips (at an additional charge) to explore aspects of the Chesapeake and Delmarva:

Behind the Scenes at the Horn Point Laboratory and Oyster Hatchery

Learn about the cutting edge research of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) faculty and graduate students that they conduct in the Chesapeake Bay. Located just outside of Cambridge, Maryland, UMCES researchers are working on critical questions of oyster restoration, disruptions to food chains, the loss of submerged aquatic vegetation that is so critical for the shellfish industry in the Bay, as well as many other important environmental quality indicators.  Following the tour of the UMCES facility, we will enjoy a dockside lunch at a locally-owned restaurant in Cambridge. This tour will depart Salisbury at 9:00 am, returning by 3:00 pm.  The cost is $10/person, lunch not included. The van will pick up at the Guerrieri Academic Commons, Rte 13 parking lot entrance, at 9:00 and then proceed to the Hampton Inn in Fruitland to pick up at approximately 9:10.

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 the 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 $30/person, lunch included.

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 8:30 am, returning by around 5:15-5:30 pm (REVISED SCHEDULE).  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 $50/person, lunch not included. Plan to wear long pants and long sleeves, as the insect population will be flourishing. The bus will pick up at the Guerrieri Academic Commons, Rte 13 parking lot entrance, at 8:30 and then proceed to the Hampton Inn in Fruitland to pick up at approximately 8:40 (REVISED SCHEDULE).

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