PAXCON 2018 is taking place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Refuge Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. The theme of this year’s conference is Climate Change & the Patuxent River: Local Implications of Global Issues. This theme was chosen based on feedback from last year’s conference participants who wanted to learn more about climate research occurring in the region as well as learn best practices for climate change focused communication, outreach, and advocacy. Conference sessions will feature presentations that will focus on current research on climate change impacts within the Patuxent River watershed, as well as highlight strategies and methods that can be applied to climate change research, management, communication, and advocacy on the Patuxent River.
The conference is a great opportunity for high school, college and graduate students to gain knowledge about research relevant to the Patuxent River Watershed and network with professionals working in the area.
Student scholarship recipients have the option to prepare a research poster/table-top presentation about a topic related to the Patuxent River watershed to be shared with conference attendees during the lunch hour. Or, they can write a response to the following question to be published in Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary's quarterly publication of the Marsh Notes: "What aspect of the conference resonated the most with you?"
Applications are due by November 15 and students will be notified of application status by November 19.