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. 

COVID Status: We expect a significant decline in the currently high COVID numbers by April 2022. We will follow all FAU COVID guidelines; most importantly, note that masking is expected by all attendees. We will have sanitizers and extra masks readily available. Please also note that we will be live streaming all sessions for those who wish to watch the presentations virtually.

Program Schedule: 

Thursday, April 21: Technical sessions consisting of oral and poster presentations will be held all day. 

Friday, April 22 (Indian River Lagoon 2022 Update): The Indian River Lagoon has had a rough decade that included intense and widespread algal blooms, loss of seagrass, and manatee mortalities. Join us for presentations that examine the state of the lagoon and how it got there, what is being done to restore the health of the system, and options for augmenting those efforts. Our speakers (Chuck Jacoby, St. Johns River Water Management District; Virginia Barker (or designee), Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department; Duane De Freese, Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program) are leaders in IRL management efforts. After the presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Registration Information: The link to register for in-person or virtual participation is: https://epay.fau.edu/C20081_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=89. Registration is required for all participants.

In-person participation: Registration includes access to all sessions on both days, coffee breaks, lunch, and end-of-the-day reception on April 21.

Virtual participation: Registration includes access to the livestreaming. There is no charge, registration is required to get the links for livestreaming and all meeting updates.

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 2022 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 draft program is available here.
The draft Abstracts of Presentations are available here.

IRLS 2021 IRL Research during the Pandemic Materials
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
April 21st & 22nd 

​"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