American Shore & Beach Preservation Association
Preservation Through Conservation

ASBPA 2017 Symposium

3rd Annual Symposium
“Comprehensive Texas Shorelines”

University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute
Port Aransas, Texas (Registration is below)

Call for Abstracts

Due March 31st, 2017

ASBPA Texas Chapter announces the Call for Abstracts for their 2016 Symposium, which will be held on April 25, 2017 at the UTMSI Visitor Center Auditorium, Port Aransas, Texas.

Technical and policy-oriented abstracts are invited for a broad range of coastal issues related to changes in coastal ecology, science, engineering, economics, and policy.

  • Due date for abstracts is March 31st (Friday). Submit one-page abstracts as PDF or Word documents to: or
  • Topic must be related to aims and goals of ASBPA and must be about the Texas coast.
  • Abstract should include: name(s) of author(s), affiliation and email address.
  • Each abstract will be evaluated by a diverse team of coastal researchers.

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The oral program will include 15 to 20-minute presentations along with poster presentations, as space permits. All oral presentations will be in Powerpoint format, posters will be in a 3-ft x 4-ft format. Poster sessions will occur after the oral presentations.

Field Trip Announcement

There will be a field trip on Monday, April 24, 2017 starting at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, TX, in conjunction with the 2017 Coastal Symposium. Download the details.

This trip will be led by Richard “Skip” Davis and Jim Gibeaut, with some helpers. It will begin at UTMSI and will cover the northern portion of Padre Island. We would like to know how many people are interested in attending, so please let us know your availability. For more information and to confirm your participation, please contact: or


University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute
Visitor Center Auditorium, 750 Channel View Drive, Port Aransas, TX 78373

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Program Schedule

8:00 AM


Jerry Mohn

8:10 AM

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Watermaster Program

Katherine Bricken

8:30 AM

Spatial Variability of Relative Sea Level Rise in the coastal bend and Impact on Nuisance Flooding

Philippe Tissot

8:50 AM

Nuisance Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Anomalies on the Texas Coast

James Naismith

9:10 AM

Sea Level Changes on the Texas Coast

Skip Davis

9:30 AM

Hydrodynamic Modeling of Packery System and Extension

Larry Dell

9:50 AM

15 min. break

10:05 AM

Completion of Texas Largest-Ever Beach Nourishment

Gerald Songy

10:25 AM

Results from the Texas Coastal Sediment Sources: A General Evaluation Study

Juan Moya

10:45 AM

From Mud to Marsh – Restoring Lost Marsh Habitat In the Soft Soils of Dickenson Bayou

Philip Blackmar

11:05 AM

Case Study: Follets Island, Brazoria County, TX Restoration of Dune and Habitat System

Destroyed by Hurricane Ike

C. Connor

11:25 AM

Offshore Sand Resources along the Texas Coast – Lessons Learned from a Statewide Sand Resource Assessment and Constructed Beach Nourishment Projects

Lindino Benedet

11:45 AM

Lunch (Provided by Texas Chapter and Sponsors)

1:00 PM

The Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan – A Look Back and the Path Forward

Chris Levitz

1:20 PM

Federal funding for coastal projects and coastal infrastructure

Derek Brockbank

1:40 PM

Economic Impacts of Beach Nourishment in Texas

Michael Walther

2:00 PM

Beach Nourishment in Galveston Texas- A Long Term Plan for Success

Reuben Trevino

2:20 PM

Planning for the Beneficial Use of Dredged Material: A Success Story in Mississippi and an Opportunity in Texas

Leah Bray

2:40 PM

Aransas County Coastal Resiliency Initiative

Aaron Horine

3:00 PM

15 min. break

3:15 PM

Involving Texas Students in Coastal Science

Tiffany Caudle

3:35 PM

Living Shoreline Demonstration Project – Recent Experience on Design and Construction

Josh Carter

3:55 PM

The Virginia Point Wetland Protection Project (Galveston Bay, Texas)

Taylor Nordstrom

4:15 PM

Adaptive Management for Successful Marsh Restoration in Galveston West Bay

Christian LaPann- Johannessen

4:35 PM

Restoring and protecting bird habitat on Shamrock Island

Luis Maristany

4:55 PM

Don’t Forget the Bay Shores

Rhonda Cummins

5:15 PM

Closing remarks

5:20 PM

Poster Presentations

Various presenters

6:00 PM

Close Symposium

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