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.

The next RAFWE will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis, OR. Be sure to mark your calendars, and register here!

Questions? Want additional information about RAFWE? Please contact Ryan Baumbusch or Kerrick Robinson. Thanks! 

RAFWE 2018 Keynote

Speaker: James D. Nichols, United States Geological Survey

"Beyond Critters: Contributions of the Wildlife Profession to Confronting Uncertainty in an Uncertain World"

This year we have the privilege of hosting Dr. James Nichols as our kenote speaker. Dr. Nichols' research interests are in the dynamics and management of animal populations, with particular emphasis on methods for drawing inferences and making decisions. Dr. Nichols received his B.S. (biology) from Wake Forest University, his M.S. (game management) from Louisiana State University, and Ph.D. (wildlife ecology) from Michigan State University. He worked as a research scientist for both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and later the U.S. Geological Survey at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD, from 1976 - 2015. 

We are grateful that he will be able to speak at the RAFWE symposium this year. You can learn more about Dr. Nichols and his work here

2018 Schedule

Click here to view our full schedule! 

2018 Workshops

Interactive R Visualization with Shiny Apps

This is intended to be a motivational workshop to demonstrate the capacities of R Shiny, an application that allows the interactive visualization of R data and model results. Workshop presenters Tyrell Deweber and Steve Whitlock will walk attendees through a few simple examples from start to finish, then demonstrate more advanced applications from experts in the field.  Attendees are invited to bring their laptops if they want to explore accompanying online examples.

This workshop will take place from 3-4:30 on Thursday, April 26th in Nash 032. Please register here. By completing the registration form, you are comitting to attending the workshop. 

We hope to see you there! 

2018 Brown Bag Lunch

This year's brown bag lunch session will focus on effective science communication. Our panelists include: 

Jes Burns, Oregon Public Broadcasting

Jes is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway." Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

Kaety Jacobson, Oregon Sea Grant

Based at the OSU Lincoln County Extension office in Newport, where she also serves as county extension leader, Kaety is an expert in outreach and engagement who works with the commercial fishing industry, ocean users, researchers, and the coastal community at large to address a variety of ocean and coastal issues. Current projects include non-fatal injuries to commercial crab fishermen, direct market seafood sales, and whale entanglements in fishing gear.

Jeremy Maestas, Sage Grouse Initiative

Jeremy works with United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Services staff and partners to put science into practice through strategic habitat conservation delivery in sagebrush ecosystems across the West. He grew up in Nevada and went on to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Much of his career has focused on sustaining working landscapes in the Great Basin, where contributions have included implementation of large-scale strategic approaches to reducing conifer encroachment, wildfire and invasive species threats to sagebrush ecosystems.

Oral Presentations, Speed Talks, and Posters

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. 

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 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 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 2 pm 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.

Please submit your abstracts here by April 16th


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

RAFWE Social and Auction

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 Wildlife 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!