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2021 CERF Webinar: Providing Interactive Web Access to Long-Term Seagrass Monitoring Data with Open Science Data Analysis Tools
Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Category: CERF Events & Webinars

Providing Interactive Web Access to Long-Term Seagrass Monitoring Data with Open Science Data Analysis Tools

Presenters: Marcus Beck and Gary Raulerson, TBEP

Wednesday, 19 May 2021
10:00 – 11:00 AM PT | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Special Complimentary Webinar - Registration for this event is full!

About the Webinar

Marcus Beck and Gary Raulerson will provide an overview of the environmental history of Tampa Bay through the lens of seagrass management and showcase the open science tools to evaluate the region’s seagrass data. These tools provide an open, transparent, and reproducible approach to evaluating the nearly 30 years of Tampa Bay seagrass data. The presentation will include a live demonstration of the Tampa Bay Seagrass Transect Dashboard developed using the tbeptools and shiny R packages. The dashboard provides access to the seagrass transect database including maps, graphs, data download and an extensive set of interactive tools for exploring the rich information in this dataset. The SAV Mapping/Monitoring Community of Practice invites you to join us for a discussion of open science data analysis and the tools used to create this website.  We also encourage you to join our Discourse forum to learn more about best practices in monitoring seagrass ecosystems.


 About the Presenters

 Marcus Beck is the Program Scientist for TBEP and is developing data analysis and visualization methods for Bay health indicators. He received his BS in Zoology from the University of Florida in 2007 and his MSc and PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and 2013. Marcus has experience researching environmental indicators and developing open science products to support environmental decision-making. Marcus is also an avid software developer and creator of online dashboards that facilitate science communication.


Gary Raulerson Gary Raulerson, TBEP Ecologist, participates in research, restoration, and monitoring projects that improve habitats (such as seagrass, oysters, mangroves, marshes, and freshwater wetlands) throughout the Tampa Bay watershed. Previous positions include working for the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Florida’s Aquatic Preserve program, and as Assistant Director of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve near St. Augustine. Gary received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University.

Moderated by Randy Chambers

GERS Student Introduction by Dottie Byron

Affiliate Society (GERS) Introduction by Anna Armitage