Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America 2019 Annual Meeting

“Ecology of Unintended Consequences”

5-7 April 2019

Hosted at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD


The Mid-Atlantic ESA annual meeting brings together students, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the MidAtlantic region and beyond. The theme of the meeting is the ecology of unintended consequences, which includes any and all human activities which have unintended ecological consequences to them (which is most if not all of them).  The meeting offers an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate ecology students to present their research in all ecology-related topics.

MA-ESA Program

Student Center and Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing Bldg,, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie, MD 20715

Friday April 5 – Evening social at BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse from 6-9 PM
Saturday April 6 – Main conference

  • Morning plenary session
  • Two lunchtime workshops
  • Afternoon oral and poster sessions
  • Evening closing social with guest speaker and book signing

Sunday April 7 – Field trip to Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Also planned are a visit by the Johns Hopkins Univ Press with a display of their ecology and related books and a live raptor exhibit, discussion, demonstration.

Online registration is now closed.

Abstract submission is now closed.

Information on MA-ESA 2019 special hotel rates

Parking Information

Conference Code of Conduct Policy

Questions: Contact Steve Sheffield, Chair, Mid-Atlantic ESA srsheffield@comcast.net


See Mid-Atlantic ESA in New Orleans at #ESA2018

Come stop by the Mid-Atlantic ESA table at the ESA Annual Meeting in New Orleans to learn more about our chapter and next year’s chapter meeting. We will be in the Exhibit Hall at Table N.

We will also be having a chapter meeting at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center– River Bend 1 Room. All are welcome to join.


Mid-Atlantic Annual Conference: April 7 at Rutgers University-Newark

Mark your calendars!

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America 2018 Annual Meeting

“Ecology & the Brick City: Nature in a Post-Industrial World”

April 7 – 8, 2018

Hosted at Rutgers University-Newark

Paul Robeson Campus Center, Newark, NJ

The Mid-Atlantic ESA annual meeting brings together students, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the MidAtlantic region and beyond. We will explore current ecological issues related to urban areas that range from ecological restoration, conservation, biodiversity, ecological effects of climate change, topics in human ecology and environmental justice. The meeting offers an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate ecology students to present their research in all ecology related topics.

We look forward to you joining us for this exciting conference.

Rutgers University – Newark, Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Newark, NJ

Friday April 6 – Evening social, 6-8 pm at Kilkenny Alehouse (27 Central Ave, Newark, NJ)
Saturday April 7 – Main conference
Sunday April 8 – Field trip

Please note there will be no walk-in registration.

MA-ESA 2018 Full Program

MA-ESA 2018 Two Page Program

MA-ESA 2018 Abstracts and Presenter Bios

Additional Conference Details

Accommodation and Transportation

Conference Parking

Personal vehicles: Parking for conference attendees will be available in the Rutgers Newark Washington Deck #2 at 166 Washington St, Newark (corner of Warren Street).

University vans: Groups that arrive in large passenger vans need to park in the Bradley Lot (#508) at 110 Warren St, Newark (between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and University Ave).

Conference Code of Conduct Policy

Questions? Contact: MidAtlantic.ESA2018-at-gmail.com

Claus Holzapfel, Chair of the MA-ESA, Rutgers University-Newark
Chris Habeck, Secretary of the MA-ESA, Kutztown University
Allyson Salisbury, Conference Coordinator, Rutgers University-Newark


Mid-Atlantic Chapter at ESA Portland

Visit us at booth number 301!


Mid-Atlantic Chapter ESA Business Meeting, Wednesday, August 9, 12-1:30 pm Oregon Convention Center, E143-144, Portland OR

[NOTE: Bring your lunch and drinks, if you wish. None provided – sorry]

1. Approval of the Stockton University meeting minutes

2. Financial status of the chapter – J. Cromartie
 Conference costs and revenue
 Dues
 Awards
 Overall Balance

3. By-Laws Update – J. Cromartie
Chair-Elect serves from June → June, according to bylaws. Motion needed to change to Aug → Aug to reflect the timing of the National ESA meeting

4. Micro-meeting update – A. Caldas

5. Planning Grant Report – A. Caldas

6. New Officer Installation

7. 2018 Chapter Meeting – C. Holzapfel

8. Chair-elect and Secretary-elect nominations

9. Other

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting, April 22, Stockton University

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 2017 Annual Conference was attended by over 140 chapter members, speakers, and guests, assisted by student volunteers from Stockton University. There were 24 oral and 47 poster presentations, as well as the plenary and evening panel speakers. The Friday evening moth watch was attended by a handful of hardy souls, as was the Sunday field trip to Stockton’s Forest Management and Restoration Area.


1st Graduate Student Oral:  Nicholas Buss, Binghamton University Wood frog susceptibility to a common parasite is modified by road salt and predators

1st Graduate Student Poster: Miranda Figueras, Hofstra University Consumption and Assimilation Patterns of the Eastern Box Turtle, Diet Generalists

1st Undergraduate Student Oral: Madalyn Slook, Kutztown University/University of Virginia Bringing Metal to a Slugfest: How Nickel Alters Plant Defenses Against Herbivory.

1st Undergraduate Student Poster: Evan Perkowski, Widener University Effects of fungal endophytes on pepper plant (Capsicum annuum) seedling growth

2nd Graduate Student Oral: Allyson Salisbury, Rutgers University An update on a multi-decade study of tree growth in structural soils.

2nd Graduate Student Poster: Matthew Lundquist, Binghamton University Allochthonous and autochthonous energy sources in urban streams in a medium-sized city

2nd Undergraduate Student Oral: Emily Sarver, Shippensburg University Effect of an invasive plant species, Ficaria verna, on a native woodland species, Mertensia virginica, in a floodplain forest in Southcentral Pennsylvania.

2nd Undergraduate Student Poster: Jennifer Urmston, Monmouth University The short and long-term effects of weather and climate variables on the growth of Pinus rigida in New Jersey maritime forests

Honorable Mention Graduate Student Oral: Sarah Kropf, Shippensburg University The Effects of Clothianidin, a Neonicotinoid, on Two Amphibian Species (Ambystoma maculatum and Lithobates clamitans).

Honorable Mention Graduate Student Poster: Ian Drake, William Paterson University Endophyte infection status of native and restored populations of Ammophila breviligulata along the New Jersey coast

Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Oral: Brandon Mullen, Shippensburg University The Effects of Forest Change on Leaf Processing in Vernal Pond Ecosystems

Honorable Mention Undergraduate Student Poster: Rebecca Klee, Monmouth University Community Succession After Cranberry Bog Abandonment Within the New Jersey Pinelands

Congratualtions to all our winners, and to everyone who made the meeting a success!

MA-ESA 2017 Tentative Meeting Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:00 – 9:30 pm Evening social and moth watch, weather permitting

Sachsenhauser Farm. Contact jamie.cromartie@stockton.edu if you plan to attend.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

7:30 – 9:00 am  Registration  Grand Hall, Campus Center Stockton University

Continental Breakfast  Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University

9:00 – 9:15 am  Opening Remarks. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University 

Jamie Cromartie, MA-ESA Chair and Peter Straub, Dean, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

9:15 – 10:15 am  Plenary Session. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University 

Dr. Richard Lathrop, Director, Walton Center for Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis and Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources Cook College, Rutgers University. Terrestrial/estuarine interactions and changing climate

10:15 – 10:30 am  Morning Break. Grand Hall, Campus Center Stockton University  

10:30 – 11:30 am  Plenary Session. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University

Dr. Gerry Moore, NRCS, Greensboro, NC. The North American Coastal Plain biodiversity hotspot

11:30 am – 1:30 pm  Lunch. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University

12:00 – 1:30 pm MA-ESA Business Meeting.  MR5, Campus Center Stockton University

1:30 – 2:30 pm  Oral Session 1. USC 145, USC 160, USC 246, USC 260, USC 346, USC 360 Unified Science Center

2:30 – 3:00 pm  Afternoon Break. Refreshments. Lobby, Unified Science Center 

3:00 – 4:00 pm  Oral Session 2. USC 145, USC 160, USC 246, USC 260, USC 346, USC 360 Unified Science Center

4:00 – 5:30 pm  Poster Session, Afternoon Social & Cash Bar. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University

6:00 – 8:30 pm  Banquet and Student Presentation Awards. Event Room, Campus Center Stockton University 

Panel discussion – The Future of Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain Biodiversity

Sunday, April 23, 2017

9:30 am – 1:30 pm Field Trip: Stockton Pine Barrens Habitats and Forest Management Areas  Meet at Parking Lot O, Stockton University


Student Awards and Call for Judges MAESA Stockton University, April 22, 2017

Student Awards and Call for Judges, MAESA Meeting, Stockton University, April 22, 2017.


We need volunteers to judge up to 3 papers/posters at the ESA Mid-Atlantic Chapter annual meeting (we may ask judges to judge more papers if we don’t cover all presentations by a certain date). Please contact the Chapter Secretary, Astrid Caldas (astridcaldas@gmail.com) if you are willing to volunteer (sorry, students may not serve as judges).

Once the program is in place after April 3, the Secretary will send out the link to a google doc to volunteer judges, who will select the papers/posters they wish to judge.

Chapter Student Awards

1st  Place,  2nd  Place and Honorable Mention for undergrad and grad students for best posters and papers (12 awards total).

1st Place – $200.00 (+ $800.00 to travel to National ESA meeting)

2nd Place – $150.00

Honorable Mention – $100.00

Conference Announcement

Mid-Atlantic ESA Annual Conference

April 21-23, 2017. See below for tentative schedule


Stockton University, Galloway NJ

Theme: “Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic: Present and Future”

Please join us for an exciting conference, hosted by Stockton University in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and Coastal Zone. The conference theme includes biodiversity throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

The sessions will run from 9 am to 5:30 pm, with the talks and poster sessions from 1:30 to 5:30 and the awards ceremony and banquet from 6 pm to 8:30 pm.

The plenary programs will focus on the North American Coastal Plain, recently designated as the world’s 36th biodiversity hotspot. Our speakers and panel will discuss the current threats and future prospects for biodiversity, especially in the Mid-Atlantic portion of the hotspot, including the critical interactions between terrestrial and estuarine/marine environments. The conference will include a full program of submitted oral and poster sessions of interest to ecologists from the entire region.

Abstract submission and registration close April 3.

Register Here

For those who arrive Friday evening, a special event is planned. Please contact the Chapter chair, if you will arrive on Friday jamie.cromartie@stockton.edu

Sunday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, there will be a field trip on the Stockton campus, covering Pine Barrens habitats and Stockton’s forest restoration and management sites.

Abstract Submission Here

We need volunteer judges. Please see Student Awards and Call for judges below.

Hotels and Motels

There are many hotels and motels, in all price ranges, located within 5-12 miles of Stockton University, This includes Stockton’s Seaview Hotel and Resort, which may offer a special rate of $149 per night. Contact Beth Williams, Group Housing Coordinator,Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, (609)748-7608, if you are interested. Other hotels and motels can be found through any online booking service by searching in Absecon, NJ or Galloway NJ. For the adventurous, there is also Atlantic City (about 12 miles) Spring weekends may book up early, so try to reserve as soon as possible.


Jamie Cromartie, Chair of the MA-ESA, Stockton University

Astrid Caldas, Secretary of the MA-ESA,

Campus Map and Directions to Stockton University: