Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council
University of Maryland– Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Lecture Hall 105, Public Policy Building
Baltimore, MD 21250
Lunch and Social will be held in The Commons.
Directions (UMBC web site)
This year's conference will highlight two of the major threats to Maryland's natural communities -- invasive species and climate change -- and remind us that, without intervention, our native biota will continue to decline and disappear. Speakers will address these threats, as well as actions that could reduce them. In addition, we will celebrate our native plants and communities with field trips to remarkable natural areas in the region.
Evening Social, Speaker and Dinner: $40
Registration Fees will increase by $10 on August 1.
Registration opened in mid-May
Saturday, September 15
9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 Overview of Threats to Maryland’s Flora. Jil Swearingen, Board member, MAIPC
9:30 Why Should We Care About Invasive Species? Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp, Associate Professor, Towson University
10:15 Greening Baltimore’s Vacant Lots. Dr. Christopher Swan, Professor, University of MD – Baltimore County
11:00 So Many Weeds, So Little Time. Art Gover, Invasive species specialist, Penn State Univeristy
12:00 Announcements Followed by Lunch in the Commons
(additional $40 fee, do not have to register for the conference to attend)
5:00 Evening Social, Cash Bar, Appetizers, Posters
6:00 Buffet Dinner
7:15 Climate and Rising CO2: It's Good To Be Invasive. Dr. Lew Ziska, Research Plant Physiologist, USDA
Sunday, September 16
Included in the basic registration fee. Must be registered for the conference to attend Sunday field trips.
Saturday Field Trips
Download the field trip listing (PDF) and select your field trips before beginning the registration process. We will try our best to accommodate everyone's choices, but some trip may fill up. Selecting a field trip does not confirm your choice, we will contact you in August to confirm your trip OR ask for your second choice option.
Sunday Field Trips