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11/4 Symposium Lectures

November 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

SC Native Plant Society 2021 Symposium: Sustainability & Resilience

The South Carolina Native Plant Society invites you to our 2021 Symposium, hosted by the Lowcountry chapter, from November 3rd-7th!


November 4th Schedule of Events:

  • Virtual Lectures, 6:30 — 8:00 PM

Lecture #3: Restoring the Future
Speaker: Keith Bowers, Founder of Biohabitats, Inc.

Description: Climate change, habitat fragmentation, and invasive species are rapidly changing species composition and ecosystem functions different from anything we have seen in past or present systems. While ecosystems are always changing, the rate and pervasiveness of change from multiple environmental and cultural stressors are making us rethink what it means to restore and manage these communities. Using case studies from Biohabitats’ 30+ years of work, Keith will examine how applied ecology is being used to address climate change, habitat fragmentation, environmental justice, and water conservation throughout the Southeast and beyond.

Speaker Bio: For over three decades, Keith Bowers has been at the forefront of applied ecology, land conservation and sustainable design. As the founder and president of Biohabitats, Keith has built an intradisciplinary organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. His work has spanned the scale from site-specific ecosystem restoration projects involving wetland, river, woodland and coastal habitat restoration to regional watershed management and species conservation planning, to the development of green infrastructure and urban ecology planning for cities throughout the country. Keith is a founding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology. He also served on the board of the Society for Ecological Restoration for more than 10 years and on the board of the Wildlands Network for 6 years. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Professional Wetland Scientist. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University and an honorary degree from the Conway School of Design.


Lecture #4: Land to Sea Restoration and Resilience
Speakers: Mary Conley and Colette DeGarady, The Nature Conservancy

Description: Mary and Colette will share information about efforts to conserve and restore native habitats across the southeast to enhance resilience in wildlife and plant communities and provide nature-based solutions to reduce the impacts of an increasingly changing climate.

Speaker Bio (Mary Conley): Mary Conley serves as The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Marine Conservation for the southeast United States. Working in collaboration with staff from Virginia to Louisiana, she leads regional coastal and marine conservation initiatives focused around ocean protection, climate adaptation, and sustainable fisheries. Her roles include strategic planning, facilitation, and partner engagement. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Mary worked with the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program and the Chesapeake Bay Program.  She holds a Masters in Marine Science, with an emphasis in benthic ecology, from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, with a Geology Minor, from the College of Charleston.

Speaker Bio (Colette DeGarady): Colette DeGarady brings 20+ years of experience in the field of conservation with expertise in strategic planning and Southeastern natural communities in her role as the Longleaf Pine Whole System Director.  Working from her home office in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Colette oversees a regional conservation program providing leadership and support for longleaf pine habitat restoration work occurring across the 9-state historic range from east Texas to southern Virginia.


November 4
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm