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Plenary - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM EST, Holiday Ballroom (Hilton) and livestreamed on Attendee Hub.

Jessica Black

Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tamamta: Centering Indigenous Knowledge in Fisheries Governance

Lonnie Gonsalves

Environmental Scientist, NOAA National Centers for Ocean Science

Building an Effective Talent Bridge to Drive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) in Natural Resource Management

Dionne Hoskins-Brown

Fisheries Biologist, National Marine Fisheries Service

The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor NHA as a Framework for Marine Ecological Research and Inclusion of African American Stakeholders

Tuesday Award Presentations

Presented during the Plenary Session at 10:45 AM EST in the Holiday Ballroom (Hilton) and livestreamed on the Attendee Hub.
J Francis Allen Scholarship Award
Lian Guo, recipient
Emily Chen, runner-up

William E. Ricker Resource Conservation Award
Reef Environmental Education Foundation & the Cayman Islands Department of Environment
Meritorious Service Award
Aaron Lerner

Emmeline Moore Prize
Zachary Penney
Presented during the AFS Business Meeting at 3:30 PM EST in the Holiday Ballroom (Hilton) and livestreamed on the Attendee Hub.
Excellence in Public Outreach
Jessica Feltz

Distinguished Service Award
Joseph Conroy

Outstanding Chapter & Student Subunit Awards
Georgia Chapter
Colorado/Wyoming Chapter
University of Tennessee Student Subunit

Publication Awards

Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship
Mary Fisher, recipient
John Bohorquez, runner up
Grace Casselberry, runner up
John E. Skinner Memorial Fund
Aaron Black, University of Idaho
Carissa Gervasi, Florida International University
Lian Guo, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Audrey Harris, Colorado State University
Helen Killeen, University of California Davis
Justin Kowalski, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
William Lubenau, University of Idaho
James Miazga, New Mexico State University
Emily Slesinger, Rutgers University
Spencer Weinstein, University of Waterloo

Skinner Honorable Mentions
Michael Curtis, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Christina Linkem, Oregon State University
Jon Masingale, University of Idaho
Ojo Oke, Federal University of Technology Akure
Joel Yeager, University of Georgia

Tuesday Business Meetings

  • 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM Fisheries Information and Technology Section, Business Meeting, Tilghman (Hilton)
  • 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM AFS Past Presidents Luncheon (Invitation Only), B&O Room (Marriott)
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Equal Opportunity Section Business Meeting, University 2 (Marriott)
  • 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Northeastern Division Business Meeting, Paca (Hilton)
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM AFS Business Meeting, Holiday Ballroom (Hilton)
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Bioengineering Section Annual Business Meeting, University 2 (Marriott)

Reginald Lewis Museum Visit

A short walk from the hotels, we begin our evening at the stunning Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM, 830 E. Pratt Street (walk past the Inner Harbor and Aquarium)

National Aquarium Grand Networking Event

The aquarium is within walking distance but a shuttle bus is also available. Please use both entrances to avoid lines. We suggest you get a beverage and visit the fish first, as some exhibits close early, and then enjoy dinner.
  • 7:00 – 10:00 PM, 501 E. Pratt Street

Featured Symposia

See also the list of virtual talks and posters associated with these sessions. Recordings can be viewed on the Attendee Hub. We have a new Attendee Hub User Guide now available.
  • 8:00 AM – Managing for a RADical Future: Resisting, Accepting, and Directing Ecosystem Transformation, Peale C (Hilton), also includes 6 virtual talks
  • 8:00 AM – Fisheries PEP Talk—Increasing Diversity in Our Science, University 1 (Marriott), also include 2 virtual talks
  • 8:00 AM – Retrospective and Horizon Scans for Fish Genetics/Genomics, Stadium 4 (Marriott)
  • 8:00 AM – Diversity and Inclusion: a Strategy to Implement Change for 2021 and Beyond, Stadium 5 (Marriott), also includes 5 virtual talks
  • 8:00 AM – Beyond Species Detection—Leveraging eDNA to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation, Stadium 3 (Marriott), also includes 15 virtual talks
  • 8:00 AM – Interactions between Offshore Wind, Fisheries, and Fisheries Resources, Johnson A (Hilton), also includes 13 virtual talks and 7 in-person posters
  • 8:00 AM – Back to the Future of Reservoir Science and Management: What Have We
    Learned in 50 Years?, Peale B (Hilton), also includes 8 virtual talks
  • 8:00 AM – Fish Passage through the Ages—Historical Approaches, Current Innovations, and Future Opportunities (Day 2), Ruth (Hilton), also includes 13 virtual talks and 1 virtual poster
  • 8:00 AM – Climate Informed Fishery Management, Promenade (Marriott), also includes 8 virtual talks and 2 in-person posters
  • 9:00 AM – Ecological Forecasting: Bridging Fish, Ecosystems, Weather, Water, Climate, and Communities (Day 1), University 2 (Marriott), also includes 21 virtual talks
  • 1:20 PM – Forage Fish Omics, Peale C (Hilton), also includes 2 virtual talks
  • 1:20 PM – Stakeholder Perceptions of Fisheries Management, Peale A (Hilton), also includes 3 virtual talks
  • 2:20 PM – Fishing for a Molecule—the Practical Value of eDNA Monitoring for Invasive Species, Stadium 3 (Marriott), also includes 5 virtual talks and 1 in-person poster


Come spend some time in between sessions with colleagues and new friends on Gather.Town. We’ve designed an exclusive space for registrants to take advantage of during the meeting, with scheduled gatherings through the conference. The password is VIRTUAL2021.
  • General Hang-Out, 3:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Chat with AFS Policy Director Drue Winters, 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST
student quiz bowl

Student Events

Events for ALL attendees
  • Tours of the National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center (must be signed up). Uber is suggested for transportation; tour attendees can be dropped off on Fayette Street. All attendees must wear masks and closed-toed shoes and arrive in the lobby of ACRC 5-10 mins prior to tours.
Student Events
  • Student Trivia: 1:00 – 2:30 PM, Marriott University Rooms 3&4. Come test your fish & AFS knowledge to win awesome prizes! Prizes include AFS bookstore gift cards, Annual Meeting t-shirts, and drink tickets for Tuesday’s social at the Aquarium!
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Silent Auction

The auction closes at 12:00 PM, so don't miss your chance to bid on great items, benefitting the Skinner Fund for student travel. Both virtual and in-person attendees can submit bids: