Indian River Lagoon Symposium 

























The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Symposium is the result of a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing Indian River Lagoon science and its application to management of the lagoon. The symposium is open to scientists, decision makers, students, education and outreach professionals, and the interested public. The intent is to facilitate better communication among these groups so that the gaps between research and its application can be narrowed. 

The goals of the symposium are to:








The theme for the 2022 symposium is IRL Connectivity. The concept of connectivity can refer to many aspects of the lagoon. Examples include: interactions of the IRL with its watershed or with other nearby coastal waters, the dependence of fish production and population dynamics on dispersal and migration among multiple habitats, and much more. 

Program Schedule: Technical sessions consisting of oral and poster presentations will be held all day on February 17 and 8:30 to noon on February 18. Oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL are invited. Although this meeting is open to anyone interested in sharing their knowledge, activities, and ideas, contributions by university students and early-career professionals are encouraged. The program schedule and other details should be posted here by January 21, 2022.

Abstract Submission: Oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL are encouraged. Abstracts of oral presentations (both 10-minute slots and abbreviated presentations, “3 Minutes – 3 Slides”) and posters are solicited. Information on abstract submittal is available in the Call for Presentations below. The abstract deadline is November 30, 2021. 

Registration: Registration is required for all participants and includes access to all technical sessions, coffee breaks, lunch, and end-of-the-day reception on February 18. Registration will occur in two phases:








Steering Committee: A Steering Committee with representatives from academic, governmental, and non-profit organizations defines the goals, basic outline, and structure for the symposium; identifies potential participants; and provides guidance, logistical support, and planning for the symposium. The Steering Committee is instrumental in making the symposium a truly collaborative effort within the diverse IRL research community. The 2020 Steering Committee members are:

  • Irene Arpayoglou - FDEP/Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves
  • Vincent Encomio - Florida Sea Grant & UF/IFAS Extension
  • Dennis Hanisak - Florida Atlantic University 
  • Kelli Hunsucker - Florida Institute of Technology
  • Chuck Jacoby - St. Johns River Water Management District
  • Holly Sweat - Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce 
  • Linda Walters - University of Central Florida 

Venue: Harbor Branch (for directions, see https://www.fau.edu/hboi/about/location-maps/) is located along the Indian River Lagoon in Fort Pierce, Florida, centrally located between the cities of Fort Pierce and Vero Beach.​

IRLS 2022 IRL Connectivity Materials 
The call for presentations is available here. 

IRLS 2021 IRL Research during the Pandemic
The final program is available here.
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here.
Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2021 Posters can be viewed here.

IRLS 2020 Reassessing IRL Biodiversity Materials
The program is available here.
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here.
Information on programming for the public is available here.

IRLS 2019 Indian River Lagoon: Quo Vadis? Materials
The program is available here.  
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here.
The program for this year's public outreach is available here.

IRLS 2018 Restoration of the Indian River Lagoon Materials
The program is available here
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here
The program for this year's public outreach is available here

IRLS 2017 An Estuary in Peril Materials
The program is available here
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here
The program for this year's public outreach is available here

​IRLS 2016 Linking Research with Management Materials
The program is available here.
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here
The program for this year's public outreach is available here.

IRLS 2015 Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities Materials 
A program is available here
The Abstracts of Presentations are available here
The program for the public forum Engaging the Public: Citizen Science is available here

IRLS 2014 Lagoon Biodiversity Materials
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.
The program for the public forum A Forum with the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative is available here

IRLS 2013 Health of the Lagoon Materials 
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.
The program for the public forum A Forum on Lagoon Health is available here

IRLS 2012 Looking Forward Materials
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.


For more information please contact Dr. Dennis Hanisak

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 Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2022
February 17th & 18th 

​"IRL Connectivity"
• Provide a forum to disseminate current knowledge of the IRL and its management 
• Foster collaborations and discussions among scientists, students, education and outreach professionals, and    decision makers
• Promote participation of university students and new scientists 
• Provide results and discussions that can be used to inform policy related to management of the IRL 
• Increase public awareness of the IRL and its ecological and economic importance



• For all those submitting an abstract, registration will occur in December after the abstract deadline (the          registration link will be sent out at that time). 

• For all other participants, the registration link will be posted and sent out in early January. For those not        presenting, registration is due by January 28, 2022. After that date, late registration fees are $35 ($25 for      students). Late registration closes February 10, 2022 at 5 p.m., unless availability ends sooner, which is        quite likely based on previous years.