American Fisheries Society


Bend, Oregon  

March 3-6, 2020


Our Annual Meeting Workshops provide our members with relevant opportunities for continuing education. Workshops are typically held on Tuesday afternoon and/or Wednesday morning prior to the plenary session. We will be offering two workshops for the 2020 Annual Meeting.  

Attention Students! Workshop scholarships are now available for the 2020 meeting in Bend. Up to 20 scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact Natalie Scheibel to sign up today!  

Please select the workshop of your choice when you register.  If you decide to sign up for a workshop after you register, please contact Elizabeth Moats.  All other questions regarding the workshops should be directed to Peter Stevens. 

Workshop 1: Introduction to R (8 hours)

Tuesday March 3rd, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; and Wednesday March 4th, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

This workshop will provide a gentle introduction to the statistical computing program R. We will cover fundamental topics including an introduction to the R statistical computing environment, data management, general programming skills, and data manipulation. As time permits, we will cover plotting, writing for loops and constructing our own functions. By the end of the workshop participants will have the foundations to begin using R for their own analysis. All examples will be taken directly from real-life fisheries projects. This workshop is designed assuming NO previous knowledge of R. Participants are expected to provide their own computer with R and Rstudio installed.

About the Instructors

Michelle Jones is the biometrician for the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Recreational Fish program. She has a B.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, and a M.S degree in fisheries from Humboldt State University. Before joining the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife she worked as a research assistant with the Canadian Sablefish Association and developed Simon Fraser University’s entire R curriculum, developing several course-integrated special topics across a variety of disciplines.  Questions about the workshop can be sent to Michelle Jones.

Workshop 2: Technical Writing (4 hours)

Wednesday March 4th, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Have you ever wondered what the “recipe” is for good scientific writing? Does writing for reports differ from peer-reviewed manuscripts? In this workshop, a group of experienced science editors and writers will share their insights about the writing process. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to work on, and improve, their own writing with some time spent simply putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Breakout sessions to foster shared learning based on specific writing outlets (journal articles, gray literature, grant proposals) will also be part of the workshop. So, bring a bit of that half completed thesis, or the manuscript you’ve been meaning to write. This may be the workshop that can kick start a project, or help you improve how you write every day. 

About the Instructors

Dr. David Noakes is a Professor and Senior Scientist at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. 

Dr. Rebecca Flitcroft is the Team Leader of the Landscape and Ecosystem Management Team, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab, US Forest Service.

Dr. Jason Dunham is a Supervisory Research Ecologist with the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, US Geologic Survey.