2017 OREGON CHAPTER 53rd ANNUAL MEETING
Casting a Broader Net: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in the Fisheries Profession
Bend, Oregon February 28 – March 3, 2017
Our Annual Meeting workshops provide our members with pertinent opportunities in continuing education. Workshops are typically held the Tuesday afternoon and/or Wednesday morning prior to the plenary session. We will be offering three workshops for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Topics were selected by survey results from members who responded and instructor availability.
Please select the workshop of your choice when you register. If you decide to sign up for a workshop after you register, please contact Tony Siniscal. All other questions regarding the workshops should be directed to Jordan Massie or Shivonne Nesbit.
Workshop 1: Science Talk: Guide to Sharing your Research with the Public (4 hours)
Wednesday March 1st, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Cost: $50.00
The “Guide to Sharing Your Research with the Public” workshop will focus on ways scientists, researchers, and policymakers can improve communication with the general public. The key parts of this course will address:
- Effective messaging for your audience
- Ways to incorporate storytelling into your presentations
- Advice for working with the media
- Advice for speaking directly with “normal” people
- Best practices for using available communication tools, such as social media and video production
Join us for the chance to turn your research into something someone else will find interesting. Come learn how effective communication can make your study stand out and raise your profile within the fisheries community.
About the instructor
Steven Sobieszczyk is an outreach scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and professor at Portland State University. He has a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a M.S. degree in Geology from Portland State University. As a scientist, his research includes landslides, sediment transport, and stream ecology. Additionally, he is deeply involved in science communication and has produced a variety of outreach products, including presentations, websites, podcasts, and videos. On his free time, he runs the popular public speaking blog Your Next BIG Speech, where he highlights ways parenting can improve your public speaking. Recently, Steve spent summer 2016 as media lead and spokesman for the Bureau of Land Management in California focusing mostly on the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan in the Mojave Desert. For more information see SteveSobie.com.
Workshop 2: Bayesian Analysis for Beginners (8 hours)
Tuesday February 28th, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; Wednesday March 1st, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Cost: $150.00
Bayesian statistical analyses are increasingly used in ecological research and management, yet most biologists have little training in this subject. This leads to questions like, “What is Bayesian analysis?”, “Why are people doing it?” and “How is it actually performed?” This workshop will introduce the what, why, and how of Bayesian analysis for biologists. The goal of the workshop is to prepare participants to understand research conducted with Bayesian techniques, critique them, and even implement their own Bayesian analyses using freely available software.
No prior knowledge of Bayesian analysis is expected. Participants that already know Bayesian analysis are welcome to contribute their knowledge during this open and participatory learning experience. The workshop will be delivered on two consecutive days. The first day will focus on theory, and the second day will focus on implementation.
Day 1: Theory (what and why)
- Review null hypothesis testing and p-values. What does a 95% confidence interval mean to a policy maker?
- Understanding probability: A table for the conditional, joint, and marginal probability that the chicken crossed the road.
- What is a “maximum likelihood estimate?” It’s the engine of modern science.
- Got a “prior?” Probably not, so why are we doing this?
- Bayes’ theorem derived in two easy steps.
- Discrete and continuous variables: One giant leap in concept, one small step in notation.
- MCMC: Let a computer do your high dimensional integration because nobody else will.
Day 2: Implementation (how). Bring a computer
- Simulate data with known parameters using R.
- Write (and understand!) a script for JAGS that will recover the (known) parameter values.
- Address error messages. Explore output visually, and compute some diagnostic metrics.
- Compute a 95% “highest probability density interval.”
- Explore sensitivity to priors.
- Repeat with as many examples as time permits. Analyses may include trends in abundance, spawner-recruit dynamics, site occupancy data, and mark-recapture analysis. More advanced topics like hierarchical models, state-space models, and multi-model inference may also be introduced if time and interest permit.
About the instructor
This workshop will be led by Matt Falcy. Matt has a PhD in Biology with a minor is Statistics. He works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on fishy issues that often involve Bayesian analysis. Questions and suggestions can be sent to Matt Falcy.
Workshop 3: Genetics Theory and Application (4 hours)
Tuesday February 28th, 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Registration Cost: $100.00
Rapid advancements in technology have propelled genetics to the forefront of fisheries research, providing numerous avenues to enhance our understanding of the aquatic world. This intermediate workshop will give attendees the chance to learn about some of the cutting edge techniques being applied within the field, and the types of questions they can answer. Join us for this four hour workshop to beef up your knowledge, then attend the genetics themed symposium during the technical sessions to hear about case studies illustrating how genetic techniques are being used to solve problems in fisheries research and management.
Pool of covered topics may include:
- Species and stock identification
- Parentage analysis (parental based tagging/heredity studies)
- Life history analysis (resident vs. migratory , ocean type/stream type)
- Species detection and abundance estimation with environmental DNA (eDNA)
- Conservation and restoration of threatened stocks
- Genetic effects of hatchery practices
About the Instructors
Andrew Black is a postdoctoral research associate at Hatfield Marine Science Center. He has research experience using parentage analysis, conservation genetics, Next Generation Sequencing (ddRAD), and bioinformatics with both freshwater and marine species. Kathleen O’Malley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on investigating how genetic and ecological factors interact to shape life history variation of marine and freshwater organisms. Marc Johnson is a research biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW). He applies genetic research to his work assisting with the management and conservation of Oregon’s fish populations, including Willamette River spring Chinook Salmon and Steelhead. Mike Meeuwig is the Program Lead for ODFW’s Native Fish Investigation Program. His past research includes population genetics, landscape ecology, and population assessment and monitoring techniques. Patrick DeHaan is a Fisheries Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. His past work has included using genetic techniques to examine population structure, investigate variation within fish populations, and assess spatial patterns of hybridization between species like Bull Trout and Brook Trout. Taal Levi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU. He combines empirical data, fieldwork, and quantitative methods to address applied problems ranging from understanding how to assess the spatial extent and ecological consequences of wildlife overexploitation, to fisheries management and population dynamics in a changing climate.