Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology Symposium (RAFWE)
The Research Advances in Fisheries Wildlife and Ecology Symposium (RAFWE) showcases research, extension, and outreach activities conducted by the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, related departments at OSU and other colleges and universities, and state and federal agencies.
This years RAFWE was held on Friday April 14, 2017 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis, OR. We want to thank everyone who came and contributed to making this year's symposium a huge success!
Registration is encouraged. There is no registration fee: admission to the RAFWE Symposium is free! Please note that we can only guarantee lunches to registered participants.
Registration for 2016 RAFWE is now open!! REGISTER HERE
Abstract submission for 2016 RAFWE is closed.
We will update this page as soon as information becomes available for RAFWE 2016. In the meantime, please explore the following information from RAFWE to learn about the events involved in our symposium.
For abstract submission and information, please see "Oral Presentations and Posters" below.
Keynote speakers: Rosemary and Peter Grant, Princeton University
"In search of the causes of evolution"
This year we had the privilege to host Dr. B. Rosemary Grant and Dr. Peter Grant as our keynote speakers. Dr. and Dr. Grant are both emeritus professors of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University where their lab uses a variety of methods and approaches to study the interaction between genetics, ecology, and behavior. Over 40 years ago they decided to study this interaction and the resulting diversity of individuals with Darwin’s Finches on the Galápagos Islands.
Dr. B. Rosemary Grant graduated in 1960 from Edinburgh University, then acted as a research associate at the University of British Columbia, Yale University, McGill University, and University of Michigan. She completed her doctoral dissertation work at Uppsala University in 1985 and joined Princeton University shortly after. Dr. Peter Grant graduated in 1960 from Cambridge University then moved to University of British Columbia to complete his dissertation work in 1964. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and a professor at McGill University and University of Michigan before joining Princeton University in 1985.
We were grateful that they were able to speak at the RAFWE symposium this year. You can learn more about their work at http://www.princeton.edu/eeb/people/display_person.xml?netid=rgrant and http://www.princeton.edu/eeb/people/display_person.xml?netid=prgrant.
RAFWE 2017 Workshops were held on Thursday, April 13th from 5-7pm.
Workshop 1: Identifying the Human Dimensions of your Project
Location: Nash 32
Description: In this interactive workshop, we will define the human dimensions of natural resource management and participate in activities to identify the different human dimensions of your research topic, how you might learn more about human dimensions, and briefly consider the requirements for incorporating human dimensions into your study.
Articles to before the workshop:
- Spalding, A.K. and K. Biedenweg. 2017. Socializing the coast: Engaging the social science of tropical coastal research. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 187(5):1-8. (download)
- Spalding, A.K. K. Biedenweg, A. Hettinger, and M. Nelson. 2017. Demystifying the Human Dimensions of Ecological Research. Frontiers in Ecological Science. (download)
- Bennett, N. et al. 2016. Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation. (download)
Limited to 25 people
Workshop 2: Unlocking QGIS
Led by Rick Debbout, Associate Software Engineer/GIS Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency
Location: ALS 4000
Description: QGIS is free, open-source software that provides many tools for the viewing and manipulation of geographic data. This workshop will give a brief overview of the interface and demonstrate a few examples of common GIS operations. Skills covered by this workshop may include: working with data frames, raster files, building queries and selecting locations, adjusting layer styles, composing maps, and creating other types of documents.
Participants MUST have QGIS installed on their personal laptop prior to this workshop. QGIS can be downloaded for free at the following site: http://www.qgis.org/en/site/ (Windows Users, download here: https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/)
Limited to 50 people
Professional societies are considered an integral part of the ecology, science, and conservation community. Many of us routinely attend society meetings and workshops. But how well do you know the history, functions, and benefits of society membership? In this RAFWE Brown Bag luncheon, a panel of three elected officials from fisheries and wildlife societies will discuss the value of society membership, and why professional societies are still meaningful to modern science.
This will be an interactive panel with opportunities for audience participation. Want to ask the panel a question? Stay tuned for more information!
Panel participants include:
Dr. Ben Clemens (OR AFS Past President): Dr. Benjamin Clemens is the Past President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. His self-described interests include “animal migration, life history diversity, and the mechanisms involved in the creation and maintenance of diversity”. After completing his Ph.D. at Oregon State University in 2011, Dr. Clemens began his career with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). He currently serves as a Fish Biologist and Statewide Lamprey Coordinator in addition to serving as OSU Affiliate Faculty (2013-2015). Before earning his doctorate at OSU, he completed his masters in Zoology at the University of Guelph in 2002.
Jeff Barna, MS, PWS (Society for Ecological Restoration): Jeff Barna will represent the Northwest Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration. After completing his MS at University of California, Santa Cruz in 2004, Jeff held a number of ecologist positions with Alaska Biological Research Inc. in Forest Grove, Oregon and Fairbanks, Alaska and Tetra Inc. in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a research ecologist and senior biologist for Environmental Science Associates in Portland, Oregon. Jeff has coordinated projects and research “focusing on plant and vertebrate taxa, as well as wetland and riparian ecology, with a concentration on protected resources.”
Julia Burco, PhD, DVM, (The Wildlife Society): Dr. Julia Burco will represent the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society. After receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University in 2000, she went on to University of California, Davis and earned her MPVM in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health. At UC Davis she also received her PhD in Comparative Pathology where she performed clinical rehabilitation work and oil spill response with aquatic birds. Since 2011, Julia has worked for Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife as a wildlife veterinarian.
F. Teal Waterstrat, MS (President, Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology): Teal Waterstrat is the current president of the Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology (SNVB). During his time as president, he hopes to foster the ongoing growth, advancement and enjoyment of SNVB. Teal earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Washington and went on to earn his Masters of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. He has worked for various natural resources management agencies, museums and non-profits over the past 10 years. He currently works for the USFWS as a biologist at their Washington Field Office in Lacey, Washington.
The focus of RAFWE is to provide graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research to their peers and faculty in a student-run symposium. Faculty and professionals in research fields are also encouraged to participate. Please note all presentation laptops will be PCs.
Oral Presentations are 15 minutes in length; there are 12 minutes for the presentation followed by three minutes for questions. Oral presentations will be given in the morning and early afternoon of the second day of RAFWE in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Speed Talks are short, 4 minutes in length, with automatically advancing slides, followed by 1 minute for questions. Speed talks will be given in the afternoon of the second day of RAFWE in the LaSells Stewart Center.
Posters: A formal poster session will be held in the evening. Please plan for one hour of attendance at your poster to answer questions. Posters should be set up in the afternoon at approximately 2pm, and retrieved by the end of the symposium or poster session. At least one poster dimension should be 36", and maximum poster dimensions are 36" x 44".
Abstract Submissions for oral presentations and posters may be submitted by students and faculty at OSU, other colleges and universities, employees of state and federal agencies, and professionals associated with non-governmental organizations. Abstracts should be 250 words or less.
Abstract submission for RAFWE 2015 is now closed.
Lunch is catered by Oregon State University, with vegan/vegetarian and now a gluten free option.
Evening hors d'oeuvres will be served, as well as non-alcoholic refreshments. Free keg of beer provided while supplies last. Additional beer and wine will be available for purchase. Catering by Oregon State University.
Metered parking for the LaSells Stweart Center is available in the Reser Stadium lot. More information about parking can be found on the OSU Transportation Website.
The evening social and silent auctions are located at the LeSells Stewart Center directly after the poster session.
Funds from the silent auction are used to support future RAFWE symposiums.
The FWGSA would like to thank the generous people who have contributed their time and resources to making past RAFWE's possible
We would like to thank this year's sponsors: Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Widllife Society, ER Jackman Foundation, OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Agricultural Research Foundation, and the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife .
Finally, we would like to thank all of the local businesses and individuals who donated merchandise for last year's silent auction as well as presentation prizes. RAFWE wouldn't be possible without you!
Dr. Elizabeth Derryberry, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
Topic: Song evolution in birds
Dr. Mary Power, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
Topic: Food webs, streams
Dr. Michael Heithaus, Professor, Marine Sciences, Florida International University
Topic: Trophic relationships, behavioral ecology
Dr. Mark Hebblewhite, Associate Professor, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana
Topic: Ungulate and carnivore ecology, applied management
Dr. Milton Love, Research biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara
Topic: Marine fish and ocean conservation
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
Topic: Sea turtle ecology and ocean conservation
Dr. Jim Martin, retired Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife employee
Topic: Lessons of leadership
Dr. Julia Parrish, Professor of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, University of Washington
Topic: Seabird ecology, animal aggregations, and marine conservation
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Professor, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College
Topic: Ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies
Dr. Todd Pearsons, Grant County Public Utility District
Dr. John Wiens, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Topic: What is recovery in ecological systems and how shall we know it?
Dr. James Elser, Research Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Topic: Biological stoichiometry
Dr. James Estes, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz & USGS
Topic: Defaunated food webs
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