2018 OREGON CHAPTER 54th ANNUAL MEETING
Eugene, Oregon March 13-16, 2018
Our Annual Meeting Workshops provide our members with pertinent opportunities for continuing education. Workshops are typically held on Tuesday afternoon and/or Wednesday morning prior to the plenary session. We will be offering three workshops for the 2018 Annual Meeting.
Please select the workshop of your choice when you register. If you decide to sign up for a workshop after you register, please contact Katie Pierson. All other questions regarding the workshops should be directed to Julie Sharp or Kristen Homel.
Workshop 1: Communicating Science Better in a Digital World (4 hours)
Tuesday March 13th, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
This workshop will focus on the latest in science communication tools including the exploration of multimedia storytelling tools and options offered by new and changing technology.
First Hour: Communicating Science Basics – An overview of successful science communication built on the framework of comm 101
Second Hour: Using digital toolsets for science communication – Building and using infographics and creating better presentations
Third Hour: Social Media overview and practical application – Looking at some of the great science communicators using social media today
Fourth Hour: Practical Application – Writing science for mass appeal, hands-on building infographics and social media scenarios.
About the Instructors
Tim Akimoff is the Social Media Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and has worked as a journalist at newspapers in Oregon, Montana and Ukraine, a television station in Anchorage, Alaska and a public radio station in Chicago, Illinois. Questions about the workshop can be sent to Tim Akimoff.
Kelsey Adkisson is the Communications Project Leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserves Program. She is responsible for developing strategies to translate complex scientific information to diverse audiences. Kelsey has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Western Washington University and a M.S. in Biology from Nicholls State University. She has a background in fisheries policy, journalism and graphic design.
Workshop 2: Large River and Floodplain Restoration (8 hours)
Tuesday March 13th, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; Wednesday March 14th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
This workshop will review conservation and restoration design concepts for large river and floodplain restoration projects. Topics will include geomorphic and ecological concepts, side channel and alcove design, gravel pit naturalization, riparian reforestation, developing successful landowner relationships, and floodplain road crossing improvement design. Fisheries ecologists and restoration practitioners will provide instruction, present case studies, and introduce the tools that are being used to develop and implement large river-floodplain restoration projects throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The workshop will culminate with a field trip to a local restoration site Wednesday morning. The field trip will provide an on-the-ground review of workshop concepts.
About the Instructors
Cory Sipher (lead instructor) is the District Fish Biologist and Aquatic Program Lead with the Bureau of Land Management in Roseburg. He has a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Cortland and a M.S. in Fishery Biology from Colorado State University. Cory has been involved in numerous restoration projects and workshops. Questions about the workshop can be sent to Cory Sipher.
Colleen Fagan (workshop organizer and instructor) is the Grande Ronde Fish Habitat Program Manager with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in La Grande. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a M.S. in Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho. Colleen is actively involved in habitat restoration efforts throughout the Grande Ronde Subbasin. Recent projects include riparian exclosure fencing, side channel and floodplain creation and reconnection, and large wood additions. Questions about the workshop can be sent to Colleen Fagan.
Troy Brandt (instructor) is the co-founder of River Design Group in Corvallis and the former President of Oregon AFS. He received his B.S. from U.C. Davis and his M.S. from the University of Montana. Troy has been heavily involved in restoration efforts throughout Oregon since 2003.
Workshop 3: Advantages, Limitations, and Current Applications of Environmental DNA Sampling (4 hours)
Wednesday March 14th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling is so hot right now! But understanding how and when eDNA-based methods are the most useful tool for providing answers that accurately address management needs is critical. This short course will provide participants with a basic review of the molecular concepts underlying eDNA technology. With this foundation, participants will gain an understanding of the advantages of eDNA over traditional sampling methods, as well as situations in which eDNA technology cannot address research and management objectives. Finally, the course will also provide a review of scientific studies that have used eDNA for aquatic species conservation, as well as unknowns that scientific research has yet to address. Is eDNA the right tool for your research and management questions? Come find out!
About the Instructor
Kellie Carim is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service National Genomics Center for Wildlife and Fish Conservation, in Missoula, MT. She has a B.A. degree in Biology from Carleton College and a Ph.D. degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. Kellie has worked at the forefront of eDNA research and has taught several short courses on the advantages and limitations of eDNA. Questions about the workshop can be sent to Kellie Carim.