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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 12, 2019, at the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus, Corvallis, OR.
The schedule for RAFWE can be found in the PDF below:
This year our plenary speaker will be Dr. Samuel Wasser.
Dr. Samuel Wasser holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, where he is a Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology. He is acknowledged worldwide for developing noninvasive tools for monitoring human impacts on wildlife. Fondly named the “Guru of Dudu”, Professor Wasser pioneered methods to measure the abundance, distribution and physiological condition of wildlife from their feces, relying on detection dogs to locate these samples over large wilderness areas. He uses these methods to address diverse conservation questions including impacts of poaching, oil development or overfishing on the well-being of multiple endangered wildlife populations. See Professor Wasser's plenary talk details below!
The Power of Non-invasive Approaches to Conservation Science
Samuel K Wasser, Center for Conservation Biology, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Human pressures are widespread, come in multiple forms, yet individual pressures rarely occur in isolation. How do we partition these pressures and determine those most critical to mitigate? My lab has pioneered highly accessible noninvasive tools to address these challenges. We use detection dogs to locate fecal samples with high frequency and very low collection bias, extracting DNA, hormones and toxins from those samples. DNA is used to determine species, sex and individual identities, the animal’s diet and the composition of its microbiome. These measures can, in turn, provide reliable capture-mark-recapture data free of capture heterogeneity, geospatial maps showing change in the distributions of animals over the landscape, resources selection and dietary overlap associated with interspecific competition. Endocrine measures of stress, reproductive and nutritional health acquired from these same samples can help tie disturbance events to their eventual demographic outcomes. Impacts of toxin exposure can simultaneously be measured and examined in relation to other co-occurring pressures.
I will illustrate the value of this approach through case studies on the illegal ivory trade, impacts of oil exploration on caribou, moose and wolf in the Alberta Oil Sands, impacts of human pressures on population growth of southern resident killer whales, and demographic changes during wolf recovery in NE 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.
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.
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, 12 point Times New Roman Font, and uploaded using either MS Word or PDF.
Please use the following format when submitting your abstract:
For more information, contact Alex Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to show off your knowledge of fisheries, wildlife, ecology, and other assorted subjects? Sign-up to compete in the first ever RAFWE trivia contest. This event will replace the traditional brown-bag event over the lunch break at the 2019 RAFWE. Teams must be comprised of three students (all students eligible, maximum one postdoc per team).
Trivia will be bar-style with ten round of three questions. Teams will submit answers on paper and points will be awarded for correct answers which will accumulate every round. The winning team will be the team that gets the greatest total points. Teams will receive additional information by e-mail before the event.
Deadline to register: April 8th
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.