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2020 State of the Science Workshop

Scientific Program

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2020: Cumulative Impacts

Agenda Overview

Plenary sessions on November 16-20 focused on the current state of knowledge, including how we define, approach, and scope cumulative impacts. Several sessions of submitted lightning talks (4 minutes per talk) were more broadly focused on offshore wind energy and wildlife topics. Sessions 1-8 were recorded for workshop participants to view asynchronously and will be available through Whova until May 21, 2021.

Scientific Program

Terms of Use for Presentation PDFs

Links to presentations from the workshop are provided below where available, courtesy of the presentation authors. These presentation files are provided for personal edification only, and should not be cited without contacting the author(s) directly. Users should not reuse or redistribute slides, or images on these slides, without express permission from the presentation author(s).

Monday, November 16

Session 1: Framework for Understanding Cumulative Impacts from Offshore Wind

Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society

Opening remarks from NYSERDA

Doreen Harris, Acting president and CEO of the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)


Welcome and Setting the Stage

Gregory Lampman, NYSERDA

Cumulative anthropogenic impacts on the world's oceans

Sara Maxwell, University of Washington

Framework for defining the scope of cumulative adverse effects assessments for offshore wind

Wing Goodale, Biodiversity Research Institute

An ecosystem functioning approach for thinking about cumulative impacts

Steven Degraer, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Metapopulation PVA: Developing methods for reducing uncertainty in impact assessments

Julie Miller, Marine Scotland Science

Q & A / Panel discussion

Tuesday, November 17

Session 2: European Efforts to Understand Cumulative Impacts from Offshore Wind

Moderator: Sophie Hartfield Lewis, Ørsted

Session 3: Lightning Talks Round 1


Matt Robertson, Vineyard Wind

Status of NMFS survey activities impacted by wind development

Andy Lipsky, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Migratory paths of horseshoe crabs in peril due to offshore energy development

John Tanacredi, Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring


Pelagic fish and zooplankton abundance and distribution in the New York Bight

Joseph Warren, Stony Brook University

Large bony fish information from New York OPA

Jeff Clerc, Normandeau Associates Inc.

Q & A / Panel discussion

The BOEM 'RODEO' Program: Lessons learned from environmental monitoring at multiple U.S. offshore wind farms

Kristen Ampela, HDR, Inc.


Mapping the distribution and habitat use of Atlantic cod spawning aggregations on Cox's Ledge to assess potential impacts of offshore wind development

Rebecca Van Hoeck, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ali Frey, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Multi-scale relationships between marine predators and the distribution of forage fish

Evan Adams, Biodiversity Research Institute

Benthic habitat and epifaunal monitoring at the Block Island Wind Farm

Zoe Hutchison, University of Rhode Island

Q & A / Panel discussion

Expected effects of proposed large scale offshore wind farm implementation of common guillemots (Uria aalge) in the southern North Sea

Verena Peschko, Research and Technology Centre (FTZ), University of Kiel

Protected species observer (PSO) detections of North Atlantic Right Whales (NARW): Contributing to science, conservation, and management

Craig Reiser, Smultea Sciences

Age-based habitat use of humpback whales in the New York Bight and implications for vessel strikes

Julia Stepanuk, Stony Brook University​

Review of night vision technologies for detecting cetaceans from sea

Mari Smultea, Smultea Sciences

Q & A / Panel discussion

Wednesday, November 18

Session 4: Current Knowledge on Cumulative Impacts I


Jillian Liner, Audubon

New York

The Vineyard Wind SEIS: Assumptions made in the cumulative impact scenario

Ian Slayton, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Cumulative impacts of displacement on seabirds

Stefan Garthe, Kiel University

Cumulative impacts to birds from collisions with offshore wind farms

Aonghais Cook, British Trust for Ornithology

Q & A / Panel discussion

Session 5: Current Knowledge on Cumulative Impacts II


Ruth Perry, Shell

Cumulative physical effects of offshore wind energy development on oceanographic processes

Jeff Carpenter, Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

Cumulative effects of offshore wind on benthic habitats

Drew Carey, INSPIRE Environmental

Cumulative noise impacts upon fishes (and turtles) from offshore wind construction and operation

Arthur Popper, University of Maryland & Anthony Hawkins, Loughine Ltd.

Designing studies to detect the ecological impacts of offshore wind development

Elizabeth Methratta, contractor to NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Q & A / Panel discussion

Thursday, November 19

Session 6: Current Knowledge on Cumulative Impacts III


Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council

Decision framework to identify populations that are vulnerable to population-level effects of disturbance

Cormac Booth, SMRU Consulting

Cumulative noise impacts to marine mammals from offshore wind development and operations

Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates Inc. & Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society

Vessel encounter risk model tool

Mary Jo Barkaszi, CSA Ocean Sciences Inc.

Population impacts to bats from wind energy development

Cris Hein, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Q & A / Panel discussion

Session 7: Lightning Talks Round 2


Jenny Briot, Avangrid Renewables

Friday, November 20

Session 8: Designing Studies to Assess Cumulative Impacts


Louis Brzuzy, Shell New Energies

Synthesis of the science: interactions between offshore wind development and fisheries

Andrew Lipsky, NOAA Fisheries, Brian Hooker, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Annie Hawkins, Responsible Offshore Development Alliance & Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Responsible Offshore Science Alliance

Approaches to understanding cumulative effects of stressors on marine mammals

Peter Tyack, University of St. Andrews

Designing monitoring to detect cumulative impacts and address the confounding variable of climate change

Jon Hare, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Q & A / Panel discussion

Charge and process for working groups

Kate Williams, Biodiversity Research Institute

Closing remarks

Kate McClellan Press, NYSERDA

Session 9: Informal Breakout Groups

Group leads hosted informal discussions to share their intended work group focus and obtain initial input from workshop attendees. Groups included: benthos, fishes and mobile invertebrates, birds, bats, marine mammals, sea turtles, and environmental change. Learn more about work groups here.

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