Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) symposium

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The Defense Coastal/Estuarine Research Program (DCERP) began in 2007 to study the ecosystem processes of the New River Estuary and its tributaries, the coastal marshes of the estuary and the Intracoastal Waterway, the barrier island of Onslow Beach, and the managed forested lands of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (MCBCL) located in Onslow County, NC.  The program focused on how the ecosystem processes respond to anthropogenic and natural stressors. You are invited to attend the DCERP Symposium to learn about the findings from the 10 years of ecological research and monitoring at MCBCL.

Symposium Date and Location

The symposium will be held at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, on October 12 and 13, 2017.

Who Should Attend the Symposium?

The symposium is for anyone interested in the function and management of coastal ecosystems and potential responses of these ecosystems to future climatic and land-use conditions. Coastal natural resources managers; representatives from local, county, state, and federal agencies; and members of the scientific community will all benefit from the information shared during the symposium.

What Is the Format of the Symposium?

The DCERP Symposium will include oral presentations from lead DCERP scientists, a panel discussion about the development of an estuarine/coastal carbon budget, and poster sessions to highlight key scientific discoveries and DCERP–funded student research.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. William “Bill” Boicourt

Bill is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory and has been a member of the DCERP Technical Advisory Committee since 2007.  He will kick-off the 2-day symposium by providing an overview of the scientific achievements of the program.


The DCERP Research Team is a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational team of scientists who will be presenting the findings of their monitoring and research activities. These scientists are at the forefront of their respective fields and bring their extensive knowledge and expertise to the program. You can see a list of the presenters here:


The registration fee for the symposium is $54 per person and includes lunch.  Deadline to register is October 5th.


For more information about the DCERP Symposium, please contact Kim Matthews via e-mail at or by calling (919) 316-3366.