Junior chemistry major Blake Ford (left) traveled to Portland, Oregon for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference. Blake presented the results of his summer research with SU faculty member, Dr. Keith Johnson (right), which focused on predicting oyster reef restoration success from juvenile oyster growth in the Chesapeake Bay. During his time at the conference, Blake attended several lectures focusing on various coastal and estuarine systems, but he was particularly intrigued by the presentations relating to oysters. Blake said that the conference was “a great way to meet some of the top professional in the field and also to try some new exciting foods in Portland!”