Conference: Climate Change & Rhode Island’s Natural History Future

Happy customers at the 2011 conference at the Quonset O Club.

The Natural History Survey will be holding a conference in recognition of our 25th anniversary: Friday, November 15, 2019

Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Natural History Future

For 25 years, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey has connected people knowledgeable about Rhode Island’s animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation. In this anniversary year, the Rhode Island Natural History Survey will host a conference to celebrate Rhode Island’s natural history and consider the challenges ahead.

Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Natural History Future
Friday, November 15, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Quonset O Club, North Kingstown, RI

Sea level rise is dramatically changing coastal plant communities. Photo: T. Kutcher, RINHS.

The conference will include a single morning session that targets climate change and natural history. Concurrent afternoon sessions featuring oral presentations will focus more broadly on ecological and environmental research in Rhode Island. A late afternoon poster session will round out the day. All Rhode Island-centric topics that address natural history, ecology, geology, hydrology, or other aspects of the environment from the near-shore Atlantic waters, the islands, and Narragansett Bay, inland to our forested, agricultural, and urban borders with Connecticut and Massachusetts are welcome.

We are seeking abstracts for oral presentations and posters. Download the call for abstracts in PDF.

The deadline for abstracts is August 30. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations may be submitted online via this link.

Conference registration itself is not open yet. Check back here or contact the Survey office at to get put onto the conference email list.

For any questions about presentations, posters, or abstract submission, please contact us at

Plenary session at 2011 conference at Quonset O Club.