Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum

Friday, January 27, 2017


The 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed is dedicated to the preservation of water resources and natural communities. A variety of agencies and organizations assist with this cooperative effort including Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the CREW Trust, and Collier County, among others.

Begun by our science staff in 2015 and held at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, this one-day meeting brings together scientists working within the Corkscrew Watershed to present their work to their colleagues, policy staff, decision makers, volunteers and the general public. This meeting provides a platform for scientific presentations, as well as opportunities for networking, productive discussion, and building collaborations.

In advance of the 2017 meeting we’ve established a scholarship fund to support student research in the Corkscrew watershed. In lieu of paid registration, please consider donating to this fund (c/o CREW Land & Water Trust) when you register online or bring a donation with you to the Forum. This scholarship can make a significant difference in the ability of students to carry out research that can benefit our ecosystem.


2017 CWSF PROGRAM (Download flyer HERE)

8:45      Welcome – Jason Lauritsen (Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary) & Joe Bozzo (South Florida Water Management District)

9:00      Southern Critical CREW hydrologic restoration project – Mike Bogie (South Florida Water Management District)

9:20      The weed control toolbox: managing landscape-scale weeds more effectively – Carey Minteer (University of Florida/IFAS)

9:40      Water quality in the Corkscrew Watershed – Rhonda Watkins (Collier County Government)

10:00    Panthers and private lands – Jennifer Korn (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

10:20    Break

10:40    Advancing views of Wood Stork resource limitations: the availability of prey, foraging habitat, and the rise of exotic fishes – Dale Gawlik, Jessica Klassen & Betsy Evans (Florida Atlantic University)

11:00    Vegetation response to treating willows invading marshes at CREW and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary– Are we getting our marsh back? – Jean McCollom (Natural Ecosystems) & Kathleen Smith (FWC CREW)

11:20    Content analysis of newspaper coverage of the Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) through time – Amie Haertling & Win Everham (Florida Gulf Coast University)

11:40    Hydrologic synthesis-based delineation of Lake Trafford Watershed and associated effects on restoration – Sanjay Shukla & Max Wallace (University of Florida/IFAS)

12:00    Lunch break


1:00     Keynote Session - Water in our Watershed: Past, Present & Future

Panelists: Mike Duever (Natural Ecosystems), Shawn Clem (Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary), Roger Copp (Water Science Associates)

Facilitator: Billy Gunnels (Florida Gulf Coast University)


3:00     Posters & Pints – Scientific poster session and networking social


  • Fish communities at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Panther Island Mitigation Bank - Mica Rumbach & Shawn Clem (Audubon Florida)
  • Bioacoustic monitoring of anuran breeding calls within the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Management Area - Molly DuVall (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
  • CREW Education - Rachel Walter (CREW Land & Water Trust)
  • Biological control: the bug alternative in the fight against water hyacinth - Brittany Knowles (USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory)
  • CREW Wildlife Surveys - Kathleen Smith (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)
  • Longterm forest growth plots in Southwest Florida - Irma Sanchez, Mateus DeCosta, Jesse A. Shelton, Victoria Adams & Win Everham (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Micropropagation of Southwest Florida orchids - Taylor Harris & Brian Bovard (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Endoparasite frequency and variation based on disturbance in the FGCU Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) and other snake populations - Taylor Grimes & John Herman (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Preliminary results from the SWF Frogwatch database 2000-2016 - Addison Cutler, Alexandra Elliot, Kayla Koszela, Amber Shaw, Morgane Sleeper, Matthew Witmer & Win Everham (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Temporal trends and potential effects of mercury exposure in Florida panthers (Puma concolor coryi) - Jami Mercer & Darren Rumbold (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Habitat use of Florida Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina bauri) on a barrier island: Sanibel, Florida - Natasha Gibson & Win Everham (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Effect of cypress dome isolation and anthropogenic noises in urbanized environments on bird signaling behavior - Dominique Russetti & Billy Gunnels (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Developing a rapid assessment protocol to assess effectiveniess of Southwest Florida storm water treatment ponds - Jessica Goodstein & Don Duke (Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • Eastern indigo snake habitat use and home range size - Matthew Metcalf, John Herman, Win Everham & David Ceilley (Florida Gulf Coast University & Johnson Engineering)
  • Is Creativity Crucial in Conveying Environmental Concepts? - Zoe Spanbroek & Brian Bovard (Florida Gulf Coast University)




The 1st Annual Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum was held on February 27, 2015 (Agenda can be downloaded below)

Presentations from the 2015 Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum held on February 27, 2015.

The 2nd Annual Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum was held on January 29, 2016 (Agenda can be downloaded below)

Presentations from the 2016 Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum held on January 29, 2016.

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