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SWS is pleased to provide a webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. The convenience and flexibility of SWS webinars enables you to educate one or a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office.

Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Certificates of completion, worth one hour of participation, are available upon request; please contact Kara Miller at kmiller@sws.org, if interested.  If you're unable to participate in the live webinar, all webinars will be recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page. 

Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Now, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language.

Watch webinars with subtitles

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

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Upcoming SWS Webinars

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January 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. EST


Stefanie Simpson
Restore America's Estuaries

Blue Carbon: Science and Application for Adding Value to Estuary Restoration

Coastal blue carbon has emerged as new opportunity to connect coastal management goals with climate mitigation and adaptation. Degradation and destruction of coastal blue carbon ecosystems (salt marshes, seagrass meadows and tidal forests) results in the loss of many important ecosystem services, including carbon storage and sequestration. Protecting and restoring these ecosystems can prevent CO2 emissions, increase carbon sequestration, and also reduce emissions of nitrous oxide and methane.

In the past few years, much has been achieved to advance the science and policies related to blue carbon at global, national and locally scales. Networks of NGOs with state, federal and private partners are leading the way in advancing our understanding of blue carbon science and piloting blue carbon application in management, policy and markets. This presentation will cover past and ongoing science assessments led by Restore America’s Estuaries (a US based non-profit) and our partners, tools and resources for applying blue carbon, and discuss remaining science needs.

As blue carbon initiatives have been growing over the past few years, this talk will also include existing and emerging networks, in the US and globally, working to advance blue carbon for coastal conservation. This ecosystem service provides an opportunity to add value for coastal restoration and conservation efforts, enhance habitat management to include climate adaptation and mitigation, and tap into carbon finance.

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Stefanie Simpson is the Blue Carbon Program Senior Manager for Restore America’s Estuaries, where she works to build regional and national capacity for utilizing blue carbon ecosystem services to increase investment in coastal restoration and conservation. In this role, Stefanie develops outreach products, leads the US Blue Carbon National working group, and works with partners to develop tools and pilot projects utilizing blue carbon to support estuary restoration. Prior to RAE Stefanie was an ORISE Fellow for the EPA’s Office of Water, worked at the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve in South Carolina, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines promoting environmental stewardship and working with locals on coastal resource management. Stefanie has her B.S. in biology from Clemson University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston.

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February 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. EST

Fred Ellery, Ph.D.
Rhodes University

The enigmatic Okavango Delta: A large wetland in a dryland

The Okavango Delta in the semi-arid Kalahari, is southern Africa’s largest wetland.  It forms an integral part of an internal basin that drains the highlands in Angola such that runoff that enters rivers never reaches the ocean.  This means that the clastic and dissolved sediment loads that enter the ecosystem accumulate within it.  It is therefore surprising that the Okavango Delta is characterized by fresh surface waters and is not saline.  The webinar will describe research that has shed light on this remarkable African ecosystem.

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March 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

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Amr Keshta, Ph.D.
University of Maryland - College Park

Stefanie Nolte, Ph.D.
University of Hamburg

Livestock grazing affects microbial activity at different soil depths via the groundwater level with potential implications for carbon sequestration

At the coastal marshes of the Wadden Sea (Germany), livestock grazing has been practiced for centuries. It is, however, unclear how grazing affects ecosystem services and functions. Livestock grazing in salt marshes might have a negative or positive impact on soil Carbon stocks based on the grazing history and the management practices.

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Our Wetland Ambassador, Amr Keshta, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (MEES) program at University of Maryland, USA. He completed his Master’s degree in the field of Environmental Science at Tanta University in Egypt in 2011. He will be carrying out his Wetland Ambassador fellowship at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany under the mentorship of Dr. Kai Jensen. Amr Keshta is passionate about studying carbon cycling in wetlands, wetland biogeochemistry, sediment dynamics, soil carbon stocks, wetland hydrodynamics, climate change, and wetland restoration. His graduate research involves the application of remote sensing tools to aid in the prediction of the impact of sea level rise on coastal wetlands. He also studies greenhouse gas emissions and their global impact on coastal wetlands and wildlife habitats. The title of his Wetland Ambassador fellowship project is “Sediment dynamics and hydrology in natural and restored tidal freshwater wetlands across continents.”

In the Applied Plant Ecology group at the University of Hamburg, Stefanie focuses on the ecology and geomorphology of coastal ecosystems such as salt marshes. In times of climate change salt marshes are threatened by sea level rise and an increased storm frequency. Therefore she investigates whether salt marshes are able to keep pace with sea level rise. Furthermore, the establishment of national parks has led to a land use change in these areas. In the last decades marshes previously used for intensive livestock grazing with sheep have been abandoned. How will these changes in climate and land use affect ecosystem functions, such as carbon cycling, and ecosystem services, such as the coastal protection function? These are the questions she wants to answer in her research projects.

In addition to her work in the Wadden Sea salt marshes, she studies the marshes of the Yangtze estuary together with her collaboration partners of FUDAN University (Shanghai, China).


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April 19, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

Joanna Lemly
Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Colorado Natural Heritage Program

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ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or work group. To learn more please click here



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