Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference



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NEIWPCC is happy to announce that the 2020 Northeast Aquatic Biologists (NAB) Conference will be held March 4–6, 2020, at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina in Newport, RI.

This conference, coordinated by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) in partnership with member states and EPA, continues the tradition of providing a forum for the professional sharing of knowledge and collaboration.

This conference is open to all registrants, and attendees will include representatives from public and private sectors in New England and New York State, including participants from state, federal, and municipal governments; the private sector; academia; and watershed organizations.


  • March 3rd – 10:00am-4:00pm; incudes lunch & break
  • March 4th – 9:00am-12:00pm; includes breakfast & break (lunch on your own; conference begins @1:00pm)
  • Cost – $50
  • Parking is waived for all attendees, subject to availability.

Arriving Prepared for the Workshop

A large portion of report writing is often consumed by tedious edits and a disjunct workflow. The R-package, R markdown, provides a centralized workflow and reproducible framework, allowing you to focus your time and energy on the content of the report. This workshop offers you hands-on experience developing reports with R markdown and is intended for individuals with at least a basic understanding of the statistical programming language, R. You will learn basic markdown syntax, formatting tips, how to compile your report as several document types (e.g., HTML, MS Word, and PDF), how to automate the production of tables and figures, and how to configure a report template that can be used automate the production of many reports. There is time dedicated at the end of the workshop for you to bring your own dataset and begin developing an R markdown document using lessons learned throughout the workshop. Overall, this workshop will provide you with the working knowledge of R markdown enabling you to communicate your data efficiently and effectively.

Conference Agenda

This year’s agenda (block format, list format) covers a variety of important topics including but not limited to: bioassessments and biocriteria, innovative cyanobacteria monitoring, river connectivity, and clean water act assessments (*Note* This agenda may be subject to change pending confirmation of all speakers).  The 2020 NAB Conference will include many thought-provoking presentations with over 60 knowledgeable speakers.  There will be plenty of opportunities to network, including at our poster session, evening social event, banquet dinner, and daily breaks.

  • Parking is waived for all attendees, subject to availability.


  • Full Conference, Attendee – $200
  • Full Conference, Presenter or Student – $170
  • Full Conference, Exhibitor – $700
  • Single Day, Attendee – $110
  • Single Day, Presenter or Student – $90
  • Parking is waived for all attendees, subject to availability.

Registration price includes NAB t-shirt; daily coffee breaks; evening social event on Wednesday; and lunch, poster session, and dinner banquet on Thursday.

Exhibitors & Sponsors

You are invited to join the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor! Why should your organization partner with the Northeast Aquatic Biologists (NAB) Conference? In one word: visibility! Being an exhibitor or sponsor gives your company the opportunity to engage with future customers and develop a deeper network within the NAB community.

With a guarantee to reach NAB professionals from around the region, this conference provides an excellent marketing vehicle to a targeted and attentive audience. Space is limited and designated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please reserve your spot early!

Exhibitor Option:
-One 6’ table
-Full conference registration for one attendee
-Wednesday evening reception admission

Sponsor Options:
Customizable sponsorship opportunities also available.
-Sponsor a networking event such as our poster session or evening social
-Demonstration opportunities during conference

Can’t attend, but still want visibility at the NAB Conference?
-Logo on webpage and printed materials

For questions or concerns about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Vivian Frausto at 978-349-2048 or

Payment Information

NAB Conference registration will be accepted via check or credit card. Purchase orders are not accepted.

Check Payments: Please make checks payable to NEIWPCC.  When mailing in your check, please reference your confirmation number on the check, or mail the check with a printed copy of your confirmation.  Please include the check number when registering, if available (not required).  Checks must be received within two weeks of submitting conference registration.

NEIWPCC (ATTN: Jennifer Sylvester)
650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
Lowell, MA 01854

Cancellation Policy: Attendee cancellations made by January 17, 2020, will be refunded less a $15.00 processing fee.  Refunds will not be issued for attendee cancellation received after January 17, 2020.
Exhibitor registration is non-refundable.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina at the rate of $99 .00+tax.  The room block will close on February 3rd, 2020.

49 Americas Cup Avenue
Newport, RI 02840

Reservations can be made online or by calling the hotel, toll free: 1 (800) 955-2558 or direct: (401) 847-9000, under the group attendee code: NAB2020.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card, supplied at the time of reservation.  Guest check-in time is 4:00 pm; check-out time is 11:00 AM.  Any guaranteed reservation not cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival will be subject to cancellation fees.


For questions or concerns about making reservations, please contact Vivian Frausto at 978-349-2048 or

See You in Newport, RI!


For general conference questions or information about the NAB Workgroup, please contact Maryann Dugan at 978-349-2052 or


Presentations and materials from the 2019 NAB Conference may be found at the archived conference page.


2020 Northeast Aquatic Biologist Conference

Conference Page

Hotel Website