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Shoreline conservation and restoration in Mississippi and Alabama - March 28 2-3pm


March 28, 2023 2:00-3:00pm EST 


This presentation will cover results, lessons-learned, and future directions of a living shoreline technical assistance program in Mississippi and Alabama and a recently started living shorelines cost-share program in Mississippi.


Eric Sparks serves as the Director of Coastal and Marine Extension for Mississippi State University and dually as the Assistant Director of Outreach and Coastal Ecology Specialist for the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. In these roles he conducts a variety of research and extension activities across broad range of topics, but specializes in living shorelines, coastal ecology, marine debris, and environmental stewardship. He received a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of South Alabama/Dauphin Island Sea Lab and a B.S. in Marine Biology from Troy University.

Continuing Education

  • Approved for American Planning Association AICP CP
  • Approved for American Society of Landscape Architects LACES PDH
  • Approved for Society for Ecological Restoration CERP credit

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Past Events Archive

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2023Sustainable Shorelines: Living Shorelines and Collaborative Restoration in Apalachicola, Florida• Kim Miller, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
• Anita Grove, Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
2022Water Chestnut on the Hudson River: Impacts, Management, and a New Emerging Species• Dr. Steve Pearson, NYSDEC
• Kelly McKeon, MIT / WHOI
• Lynde Dodd, USACE
2022Round Goby on the Hudson River: Status, Implications, and Preventing the Next Invasion• Scott George, USGS
• Rich Pendleton, NYSDEC HREP
• Dr. Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
2022Conservation Words That Work: Engaging the American Public Through the Language of Conservation• Mark Damian Duda, Responsive Management
• Tom Beppler, Responsive Management
2022Sustainable Shorelines: Climate Adaptation in Practice• Joseph Sutkowi, Waterfront Alliance
• Lyndsey Cooper, NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program
• Clif Staples, Climate Smart Communities Equity Working Group
2022Sustainable Shorelines: New Tools for Engaging Communities and Resource Managers• Jessica Kuonen, New York Sea Grant
2021Sustainable Shorelines: Building Resilience in a Changing World• Peter Weppler, New York Chapter of the US Army Corps of Engineers
• Nancy Beard, New York Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program
2021Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve's Pilot Shoreline Stabilization Project at Piermont Marsh• Heather Gierloff and • Brian DeGasperis, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
2021Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship Info Session• Heather Gierloff, Sarah Fernald, Dan Miller, Maija Niemisto, and Brian DeGasperis, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve
• Dave Yozzo, Glenford Environmental Science
• Clara Chang, Columbia University PhD candidate and 2020-2022 Davidson Fellow
2021Sustainable Shorelines: New Tools and Guidance for Designers and Practitioners• Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy
• Rebecca Swadek, NYC Parks
• Carolyn Fraioli, NYS DOS
• Shannon Dougherty, NYS DEC
2020Implementation of Nature-Based Shoreline Projects and Initiatives Since 2015 in New York State
2020Resilient Hudson River Shoreline Designs from the Climate Adaptive Design Studio
20202020 Research in the Reserve Presentation
2020Prioritizing NYS Coastal Wetlands for Resilience and Blue Carbon• Katie Warnell, Duke University
• Patrick Crist, Plan It Forward
• Heather Gierloff, HRNERR
2020Softening Our Shorelines• National Wildlife Federation
• Coastal States Organization
2020Place-based Understanding of Fish Nursery Habitat Function and Impact Mitigation with a Focus on Shoreline Engineering• Dr. Thomas Grothues, Rutgers University
2020Shoreline Management BMP Verification for Chesapeake Bay TMDL Pollutant Reduction Credits• Aaron Wendt, Virginia Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
2019Understanding Shoreline Management Decisions and Incentivizing Living Shorelines Among Private Landowners• Steven Scyphers, Northeastern University
2019Living Shoreline Techniques in the Buffalo-Niagara Region• Emily Root, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
• Charles Oddo, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
• Erica Grohol, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
2019Sustainable Shoreline at Foundry Dock Park: Design and Performance • Stephen Yarabek, Hudson-Pacific Designs
2019Bioengineering Techniques for Shoreline Stabilization in Coastal Regions• Rebecca Haney, Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
• Seth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Ecological Design
2019Regional Collaboration to Advance the Use of Nature-Based Solutions in New England• Eric J. Roberts, The Nature Conservancy
2018Ecology of Shorezones• Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute
• David Stayer, Cary Institute
2018Living Shorelines Techniques in the Marine District of New York State• Dawn McReynolds, NYSDEC
2018Case Study Comparison of Behavior Change Tactics in Promoting the Adoption of Nature-Based Shoreline Protection Methods• Lucille Potter, Bard Center for Environmental Policy
2018Sustainable Shoreline Tools: Long Island Sound and Raritan Bay• Meredith Comi, NY/NJ Baykeeper
• Gregory Biesiadecki, Langan
2018Sustainable Shoreline Tools: Education Programs• Julia Kirkwood, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership
• Aram Terchunian, Coastal Zone Foundation
2017Sustainable Shoreline Tools: Mapping Tools• John Truscinski, The Nature Conservancy
• Karen Duhring, VA Institute of Marine Science
2017Sustainable Shoreline Tools: Design Guidance• Jim Park, ODNR Office of Coastal Management
• Jim Johannessen, Coastal Geologic Services, Inc.
2017Hudson River and Connecticut Coasts: Climate Resilience• Mark Carabetta, Milone & Macbroom
• David Murphy, Milone & Macbroom
2017Niagara River and Connecticut Lakeshores• Jason Williams, Milone & Macbroom
• Tim DePriest, NYSDEC
2017NYC Waterfront Alliance Collaboration on WEDG Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines• Kate Boicourt, Waterfront Alliance
• Brian Staresnick, Balsley
• Terry Doss, Biohabitats
2016Enhancing Armored Shoreline – Techniques & Prioritization Inventory• Kacie Giuliano, NYSDEC Estuary Program
• Stuart Munsch, University of Washington
• Andrew Rella, EcoConcrete
• Dan Miller, NYSDEC Estuary Program
2016Long Island Sound Sustainable Shorelines• Laura Schwanof, GEI Consultants
• Mike Ludwig, COWI North America
2016Sustainable Shorelines Designs: From Long Island to Lake Erie• Jennifer Dunn, NYSDEC
• Brian Majka, GEI Consultants
2016Hudson River Working Shorelines and Techniques• Sven Hoeger, Creative Habitat Corp.
• Jon Miller, Stevens Institute of Technology
2016Conservation Strategies for Climate Change Resilience• Nava Tabak, Scenic Hudson