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Wildlife and Offshore Wind

The State of the Science on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy Development

The first State of the Science Workshop, hosted by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will be held November 13-14, 2018. This workshop will bring together stakeholders engaged with environmental and wildlife research relevant to offshore wind energy development, to promote coordination and collaboration in efforts along the eastern seaboard from Massachusetts to North Carolina.



On the evening of November 13th, we are hosting a Poster Session and Public Open House focusing on wildlife science and management in relation to offshore wind energy development. 

This event, located at the Inn at Fox Hollow in Woodbury, Long Island, is free and open to the public and does not require prior registration.


Find updated information on travel, arrival and check-in, local transportation, food, and more below. Please note that workshop registration is now closed.


Workshop Goals

This workshop will bring together scientists to present and discuss their research. Workshop goals include:

  • Engage and inform interested stakeholders about the state of knowledge regarding wildlife and offshore wind energy development, including ongoing efforts to understand, minimize, and mitigate environmental impacts.
  • Promote regional coordination by sharing updates on research studies, guidelines development, and other efforts along the eastern seaboard (Massachusetts to North Carolina).
  • Promote collaboration through expert information exchange and discussion.


Download detailed agenda here
List of speakers/topics within each session (please note that presentation topics and speakers are subject to change):

Tuesday, November 13

Marine Systems and the Offshore Wind Energy Development Process 
10:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Moderator: Greg Lampman, NYSERDA

Welcome and workshop overview 
Greg Lampman, NYSERDA
Resources in a Dynamic Ocean 
Kevin Friedland, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Overview of current leases and relevant wildlife regulations for the offshore wind development process 
Mary Boatman, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Introduction to Offshore Wind- Development, Construction and Operations
Sophie Hartfield, Ørsted
Results to Date: Real-time Opportunity for Development Environmental Observations (RODEO) project
Mary Boatman, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Q & A / Panel discussion

12:25-1:10 p.m.

Marine Mammals, Part 1

1:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Moderator: Francine Kershaw, Natural Resources Defense Council

Marine mammal populations and surveys
Debi Palka, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Large cetaceans – human impacts, existing knowledge, and data gaps 
Melinda Rekdahl, Wildlife Conservation Society
Lessons learned from Europe: the effects of offshore wind energy development on marine mammals
Karen Hall, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Overview of pile driving sounds and how to estimate impacts within the U.S. regulatory framework
David Zeddies, JASCO Applied Sciences
Developments to minimize marine mammal exposure to wind farm construction noise
Ursula Verfuss, SMRU Consulting
Q & A / Panel discussion

Coffee Break
2:50-3:05 p.m.

Sea Turtles, and Marine Mammals Part 2
3:05-4:30 p.m.
Moderator: Lisa Bonacci, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Turtle populations in the northwest Atlantic 
Heather Haas, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Impacts from marine development on turtles
Sue Barco, Virginia Aquarium
Turtles and offshore wind: what we know (and what we don't)
Kyle Baker, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Monitoring during the construction and post-construction periods: Developing a regional strategy for data sharing and standardizing protocols
Kyle Baker, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Q & A / Panel discussion

Group Discussion - Regional Strategies
4:30-5:00 p.m.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Poster Session and Public Open House
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 14

Welcome and Day One 
8:00 - 8:05 a.m.

Lower Trophic Levels, Fishes, and Fish Habitat, Part 1
8:05-9:35 a.m.
Moderator:Carl LoBue, The Nature Conservancy

Zooplankton in the northwest Atlantic – the foundation of the food web
Ryan Morse, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Fish populations in eastern North America
Vince Guida, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Review: fish hearing and effects of underwater noise
Arthur Popper, University of Maryland
Effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) from offshore wind facilities
Andrew Gill, Pangalia Environmental
Impacts from offshore wind to benthos and benthic habitats
Paul English, Fugro
Q & A / Panel discussion
Coffee Break
9:35 - 9:50 a.m.
Lower Trophic Levels, Fishes, and Fish Habitat, Part 2
8:05-9:35 a.m.
Moderator: Sue Tuxbury, NOAA Fisheries

Review of European studies: impacts of offshore wind development on fish
Andrew Gill, Pangalia Environmental
Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on Finfish Abundance
Elizabeth Methratta, Integrative Sciences Group
Examining impacts of America’s first offshore wind farm on fish and invertebrates
Drew Carey, Inspire Environmental
Q & A / Panel Discussion
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Birds & Bats
11:45 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Moderator: Caleb Spiegel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bats and wind energy
Trevor Peterson, Stantec
The current state of knowledge regarding avian impacts from offshore wind energy developments in Europe
Sue O'Brien, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Modeling avian distributions and relative abundance in the northwest Atlantic using compiled data
Arliss Winship, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Using individual tracking of protected species to inform offshore wind development
Pam Loring, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Bird and bat monitoring at the Block Island Wind Farm
Stephanie Wilson, Deepwater Wind
Recent developments in bird and bat detection and deterrence
Jocelyn Brown-Saracino, Department of Energy
Q & A / Panel discussion
Coffee Break
1:35-1:50 p.m.
Ecosystem Perspectives
1:50-3:15 p.m.
Moderator: Catherine Bowes, National Wildlife Federation

From observing structural effects to understanding functional effects of offshore wind energy development
Steven Degraer, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Designing research and monitoring studies to effectively detect impacts
Dave Secor, University of Maryland
Understanding cumulative impacts
Wing Goodale, Biodiversity Research Institute
Lessons learned from the European experience
Sue O'Brien, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Q & A / Panel discussion
Coffee Break
3:15-3:30 p.m.

Group Discussion with E-TWG Panel - Reflections on Workshop Priorities
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Martin Goff, Equinore
Jillian Liner, Audubon New York
Joe Martens, New York Offshore Wind Alliance


Poster Session and Public Open House

November 13th, 7-8:30 pm
Somerley Room, Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury, NY

This event is free and open to the public, and does not require prior registration

 This open house will allow workshop participants and members of the public to interact with engaged scientists and managers about their work. State agencies, federal agencies, universities, nonprofit research organizations, and for-profit companies involved with offshore wind energy development will be represented at the open house with posters and/or tables with information about their recent and ongoing activities. 

Download Poster Session and Open House Flyer


Inn at Fox Hollow

We have a room block reserved at the Inn at Fox Hollow, 7755 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, Long Island, with rooms at $152/night. This rate includes complimentary breakfast (6:00-9:30am) and dinner buffets (6:00-7:30pm), free self-parking, and wi-fi in the meeting and guest rooms. The hotel offers a free shuttle within a 10 mile radius, including from the Syosset train station.

For reservations: *This room block is largely sold out.* A few additional rooms have been added to this room block recently; to reserve one of these, please call Laura Quaranta, the Sales Manager at the Inn at Fox Hollow, at 1-516-224-8182 and reference the “NYSERDA State of the Science Workshop.”

Days Inn Woodbury

We have secured a second room block for the nights of Nov. 12-14th at the nearby Days Inn by Wyndham Woodbury Long Island, 8030 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, for $115/night. This rate includes complimentary hot breakfast, parking, and wi-fi. The Days Inn Woodbury is 0.5 miles from the workshop venue. Cancellation is available until 24 hrs from the date of the reservation. Rooms will be held until Friday, November 2nd.

For reservations: Use this link to make a reservation online, or call 516-921-8500 and reference "NYSERDA Conference" when booking the reservation. 

Other lodging

Other lodging options near the workshop venue include: 

Travel Information

Shuttles/Car Services

The Inn at Fox Hollow has a complimentary shuttle you can call to get a ride from the Syosset Train Station, which is approximately 2.2 miles from the venue. You may want to give them some advance notice on this. You can also take an Uber/Lyft or taxi from the station to the venue.
Hotel Phone: +1 516-224-8100


If you are taking the train into New York, you can get on the Long Island Railroad directly from Penn Station. The Port Jefferson train will take you to the Syosset station. From there, you can use the hotel shuttle or Uber/Lyft. The Ronkonkoma line runs to Hicksville, which is approximately 5 miles from the venue. The train from Penn Station to Syosset takes approximately 50-55 minutes. Tickets cost between $9.75-$13.50 depending on whether traveling during peak hours.
Long Island Railroad Info


Both John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) are located in nearby Queens, NY. From the airport, there are connectors to the Long Island Railroad. From JFK, the AirTrain Red line runs to Jamaica Station where you can transfer to the Port Jefferson line to Syosset Station. From LaGuardia, there is the Q70 LaGuardia Link bus to Woodside Station where you can connect to the Long Island Railroad. You could also take Uber/Lyft directly from the airport to the venue, depending on time of day, it might be around $70-80 from one of the airports to the venue.


If you are driving from the north, to avoid NYC traffic, there are two ferries that crosses the Long Island Sound, connecting from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson, NY and from New London, CT to Orient Point, NY. Ferries run every hour or hour and a half from both sides, with approximate sailing time of 1 hour and 15 minutes. A car + driver costs $57-61, with additional passengers costing extra.

Bridgeport Ferry Info
New London Ferry Info

Arrival and Checking In

Checking In

Please arrive at the Inn at Fox Hollow between 9-9:45am on Tuesday, November 13 to check in and receive your registration packet. The workshop will begin promptly at 10 am. The registration table will be located in the Somerley Lobby. The Somerley is the building adjacent to the main building at the Inn at Fox Hollow (see map). It is the same buildling as the Volpe Restaurant. The main entrace is in the rear of the building by the parking lot. From the main building, you can also take the walkway under the white arbor and enter the Somerley Building at the Fox Hollow awning.


Free self-parking is available in the large lot behind the Somerley Building (see map). Take the Volpe Restaurant entrance off the Jericho Turnpike.

Free Shuttle

An 11-person shuttle will run between the Days Inn (8030 Jericho Tpke) and the Inn at Fox Hollow (7755 Jericho Tpke) at the times listed below. Please be outside the hotel lobby at the designated times to catch the shuttle.

Tuesday, Nov 13
Days Inn to Inn at Fox Hollow: 8:30 am, 8:45 am 
Inn at Fox Hollow to Days Inn: 8:30 pm, 8:45 pm

Wednesday, Nov 14
Days Inn to Inn at Fox Hollow: 7:30 am, 7:45 am
Inn at Fox Hollow to Days Inn: 4:45 pm 

Thursday, Nov 15
Days Inn to Inn at Fox Hollow: 8:45 am
Inn at Fox Hollow to nearby restaurants (for the AMBC meeting): 11:45 am

Other Local Transportation Options

It is a 0.6 mile walk between the Days Inn and Inn at Fox Hollow. The Best Western (7940 Jericho Tpke) is located between the two, <1000 feet from the Days Inn. Other local transportation options include Lyft and Uber.



For those staying at the Inn at Fox Hollow, breakfast will be available starting at 6:00 am. Those staying at the Days Inn have breakfast available to them at the hotel also starting at 6:00 am. There are also other dining option nearby, including Starbucks, Gabby’s Gourmet Bagelatessen, and On Parade Diner, and Dunkin’ Donuts, all located approximately 0.5 miles from the Inn at Fox Hollow.


Coffee will be available throughout the workshop, as well as during the designated coffee breaks.


Lunches on the 13th and 14th are included in registration for the workshop and will be located in the Springfield Room.


On Tuesday evening, November 13th, NYSERDA is providing a dinner buffet for all workshop attendees at the Inn at Fox Hollow regardless of whether you are staying at the hotel. The buffet will be located in the Hearth Room on the first floor of the hotel, with additional seating in the Fox Hunt Room on the second floor.

Post-Workshop Meetings

On November 15 (the day after the workshop ends), two additional meetings are planned:

Environmental impact vs. effect - towards understanding the interaction between benthic environmental receptors and energy emissions (EMF and noise) (9am-12pm): This meeting will be led by Dr. Andrew Gill of PANGALIA Environmental, who will draw on his 18 years of experience researching the environmental effects of energy emissions associated with offshore wind farms on benthic species in the context of determining the environmental impact. The meeting will be a mixture of short blocks of key topics presented by Andrew for consideration and discussion amongst all attendees.  Contact Kate Williams to attend this meeting. 


Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative (AMBC) Marine Spatial Planning Working Group (9am-4pm): This meeting will focus on 1) identifying distribution, abundance, and movement data for marine birds within the AMBC focal area (offshore waters from Florida to Atlantic Canada), building off of work by the Distribution & Abundance and Tracking working groups; 2) discussing how these data are currently being used, and could be further utilized to make specific management decisions; and 3) identifying pressing gaps in existing data. In addition, the group will discuss forming a more formal AMBC Marine Spatial Planning Working Group. The meeting will be facilitated by Caleb Spiegel, Marine Bird Biologist for USFWS Division of Migratory Birds and AMBC Coordinator. Contact Caleb to attend this meeting.

More Information

Contact Kate Williams, conference organizer on behalf of NYSERDA, with questions regarding the scientific program or logistics.

To be added to the workshop mailing list, please send a blank email with subject "Add to SotS workshop email list" to

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