DEEP: 2019 Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference

2019 Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference
A celebration of the 20th anniversary of CT DEEP's Volunteer Water Monitoring Program!
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Many Waters, One State
Uniting Connecticut's Lake, River, Wetland & Long Island Sound
Citizen Science Communities
Friday, April 5, 2019 
8:30a - 4:00p
Three Rivers Community College
(574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT)
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Conference Agenda Overview:
7:30a  Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30a Plenary Session: 
     - Welcoming Remarks
     - Keynote Presentation
10:10a Morning Concurrent Presentations (Sessions A, B, C)
12:00p  Lunch & Student Poster Social 
1:30p Afternoon Concurrent Presentations (Sessions D, E, F) 
Afternoon Refreshments & Concluding Remarks:
The Next 20 Years of Volunteer Monitoring in CT
Keynote Presentation:
Deep Roots, Broad Branches: Growing a Connected Community for Citizen Science
Jennifer Shirk, Citizen Science Association (Interim Executive Director)
  {Jennifer Shirk} Jennifer works to research, advance, and serve the field of public participation in scientific research. As the Interim Executive Director of the Citizen Science Association, she builds collaborations to share transferrable knowledge of practice from across different citizen science contexts. Based at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, she has worked in a wide range of informal learning and natural resource management settings to explore promising practices of citizen science that support integrity in both research and public engagement. Jenniferís research interests focus on the effective use of citizen science for scientific research and conservation, particularly where complex decisions are at stake. Jennifer has a B.A. in Conservation Biology from Bard College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.
Concurrent Presentations:
The conference will feature 8 concurrent sessions!  We have an exciting line-up of 43 presentations and hands-on workshops.  Topics will include: River Monitoring, Lake Monitoring, LIS and Coastal Monitoring, Education and Outreach, Aquatic Invasives, Technology and three special topics: Cyanobacteria Monitoring, Natural Resource Mapping, and Effecting Change at the Local Level. There will also be a special workshop on 'Plankton Collection, Evaluation and Data Recording in a School Curriculum.'

Student Poster Session:
The conference lunch break will feature a student poster session.  14 student presenters, ranging in academic experience from high school to graduate degree programs, will present the results of independent research projects.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. 

Travel Information:
The 2019 CT Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference is presented by
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in collaboration with the 2019 Conference Advisory Board:
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Conference Co-Host Representatives:
*2019 Conference Chair
Conference Advisory Board:
*2014 Conference Advisory Board Member
Questions about the conference can be sent to the DEEP Volunteer Water Monitoring Program Coordinator / Conference Chair at
Content last updated March 13, 2019.