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WILMINGTON — Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) congratulates three students for their winning presentations at this year’s Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit. All of this year’s winners were from New Jersey schools, namely, Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

PDE’s Science Director Danielle Kreeger, Ph.D., announced the winners on March 3 as part of the Summit’s closing remarks. Winners are:

  • Best Oral Presentation: Janine Barr of Rutgers University for her presentation called Nutrients, Salinity, and Oysters: The impact of Extreme Precipitation Events on Eastern Oyster (Crassotrea virginica) Ecosystem Services on the Delaware Bay.


  • Best Oral Presentation (Honorable Mention): Firas Gerges of the New Jersey Institute of Technology for his presentation called An Intrinsic Index for Communities: Adaptation of Resilience to the Stress Level.
  • Best Poster Presentation: Elizabeth Bouchard of Rutgers University for her poster presentation called Assessing the Distribution of Horseshoe Crab Eggs in Relation to Intertidal Oyster Aquaculture in Delaware Bay and Red Knot Foraging Distribution.

Summit student presentation winners receive a certificate in the mail from PDE.

This year’s summit had record-high registration with more than 400 people. There were 28 Zoom presentation sessions featuring 66 submitted oral presentations, four featured speakers, two special panels, and 13 poster sessions.

“Listening to the thoughtful keynote speakers and the well-prepared presentations, I learned a lot, and I feel reenergized for the work that’s taking place on behalf of the Delaware River and Bay, and of all of the people who live in our watershed,” said PDE Executive Director Kathy Klein during her closing remarks for the Summit.

This year, PDE celebrates its 25th anniversary, and Klein reflected on the organization’s origins and growth as the host and coordinator of the Delaware Estuary Program. Klein thanked all the Summit’s speakers, and everyone who helped in the Summit’s planning and execution.

 “When I think about the past 25 years and what has gotten us to where we are today, I attribute our success with three Ps, and they are passion, perseverance, and partnerships,” Klein said.

All presentations will soon be available on the PDE website, along with the program and other information at www.delawareestuary.org/summit. PDE thanks all who attended this year’s Summit, and looks forward to seeing everyone at the next conference in 2023.