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Plenary Speakers

Christina Toms

Christina Toms is an ecological engineer and senior environmental scientist with the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, a division of the California  Environmental Protection Agency. At the Water Board, she leads a broad portfolio that includes developing new policies to support tidal wetland restoration and nature-based sea level rise adaptation, providing senior technical review of restoration and adaptation projects, and developing frameworks for regional and statewide monitoring of estuarine wetlands. In her "free" time, she also serves as a Director of the California Native Plant Society, the largest nonprofit in California focused on conserving the state's remarkable biodiversity. Christina has a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She has supported the American Ecological Engineering Society in various capacities since 2002, and is so excited to see everyone in 2021!


Eric Roy

Dr. Eric Roy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont with appointments in the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment. Eric holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, an MS in Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a PhD in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining UVM, he was a Voss Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute at Brown University for Environment & Society. An ecological engineer and biogeochemist by training, Eric and his lab group primarily study nutrient cycling and management, aiming to: (1) clarify important processes that underpin ecosystem function, (2) identify opportunities for beneficial intervention, and (3) design systems that help achieve nutrient management objectives. This work – which often includes interdisciplinary collaboration – spans water quality, waste management, and food systems, and has taken place in Ohio, Louisiana, Vermont, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. In recent years, Eric has become passionate about open source publishing. Since the 2020 AEES Annual Meeting, he has served on the ad hoc AEES Journal Task Force. During this plenary talk, Eric will discuss the work of the Journal Task Force and next steps in the launch of an open source, peer-reviewed professional journal of the American Ecological Engineering Society using an innovative publishing model that includes zero fees to both authors and readers.

Link to Dr. Roy’s Nutrient Cycling & Ecological Design Lab at UVM: