WORKSHOPS

PRE-MEETING WORKSHOPS

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Space is limited - register early.

Workshops are subject to cancellation if minimum registration is not met.

No refunds or cancellations after April 28.

 

 

Using Technology in the Field - Devices over Paper?

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Limit: 20 participants

Cost: $75.00 SFS members; $25.00 SFS student members

 

Becca Winterringer (TRC) and Rebecca Spring (TRC) and Cory MacVie ( Fulcrum) will provide an introduction to commonly used applications used by field biologists. The workshop will overview ESRI Collector, and other programs commonly used for data gathering. Data collection associated with EPA Rapid Bioassessment forms, QHEI/HHEI, Wetland Delineations, and project routing and mapping will be presented. The pros and cons of using technology in the field will also be reviewed. The workshop will entail a half day of lecture followed by a half day of hands on experience putting your technology to work. Some GIS experience would be helpful but is not essential. Students should be able to provide their own laptop, tablet, or handheld device. A limited number of devices will be provided by the presenters.

 

Molecular observation methods for benthic science

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Limit: 20 participants

Cost: $75.00 SFS members; $25.00 SFS student members

 

Dr. Donald Baird (Canadian Rivers Institute) and Dr Mehrdad Hajibabaei (University of Guelph, Canada) will present various methods of DNA extraction, amplification, sequencing and bioinformatics. Instructors will provide practical advice for field sampling, and how to align these new observational results with traditional methods. The workshop will also present some ideas for methods standardization for group discussion.

 

Taxonomy and Systematics of Plecoptera

9:00 am-5:00 pm - Limit: 20 participants

Cost: $150.00 SFS members; $75.00 SFS student members

 

Dr. Edward DeWalt of the Illinois Natural History Survey will present recent advances in Plecoptera taxonomy and systematics. Participants should expect to learn preferred collection and rearing techniques, larval and adult taxonomy, and the associated ecology of stoneflies. Stonefly taxonomy will be presented from all regions of North America but special attention will be given to the fauna of the eastern and southeastern regions. Students should have baseline knowledge of the Nearctic Plecoptera fauna.

 

Quantifying Transient Storage and Hyporheic Exchange using Tracer Techniques and the OTIS Solute Transport Model

10:00 am-3:00 pm - Limit: 30 participants

Cost: $75.00 SFS members; $25.00 SFS student members

 

Tracer techniques and solute transport models are frequently used to quantify the temporary detainment of solutes in hyporheic and surface storage zones. The physical process of "transient storage" has implications for nutrient cycling as the storage process affects residence time and the extent of biogeochemical processing. This 4-hour workshop provides an overview of OTIS (One-dimensional Transport with Inflow and Storage), a solute transport model that is often used to quantify transient storage. The workshop will provide a step-by-step "how-to" on the use of OTIS to estimate transient storage parameters based on tracer data. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental concepts such as experimental design, data evaluation, transport processes, and parameter estimation (due to time constraints, "hands on" computer exercises will not be part of the workshop). Beginner and intermediate model users are encouraged to attend. Participants should read the OTIS documentation and have a conceptual understanding of transient storage prior to the workshop. Additional information on OTIS is available at http://water.usgs.gov/software/OTIS/. The workshop will be presented by Rob Runkel, a Research Hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Boulder Colorado.

 

SFS SRC Workshop – Local Stream Cleanup

11:30 am-4:00 pm - Limit: 30 participants

Cost: No Charge

 

The Student Resource Committee is joining forces with the City of Raleigh and Stormwater Volunteers to do a stream clean-up. The workshop will be held on Sunday, June 4 and is FREE to participate in (food and drinks not included). The schedule is for the workshop is below. Please sign up for the workshop when you register for the SFS 2017 conference and contact Lauren Koenig (lauren.koenig@unh.edu), Kait Farrell (kfarrell@uga.edu) or Andrea Fitzgibbon (afitzgib@kent.edu) with any questions!

11:30 am: Official start of the event. Meet next to registration desk, Raleigh Convention Center. We will walk to Rocky Branch - site of stream cleanup.
12:00 pm: Begin cleanup
2:00 pm: End cleanup. Walk to brewery.
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Crank Arm brewery

 

River Macrosystem Ecology Workshop

9:00 am-4:00 pm (Lunch on your own from 12:00-1:00pm) - Limit: 30 participants

Cost: No Charge

 

This meeting will primarily serve as an annual workshop for participants from 8 universities on three continents (North America, Mongolia, and Europe) working on the NSF project: "Hierarchical functioning of river macrosystems in temperate steppes - from continental to hydrogeomorphic patch scales." The morning session will include overviews of project results from 5 teams who participated in a summer 2016 expedition to three rivers in the U.S. Great Basin (Carson, Humboldt, and Bear Rivers). The teams are focusing on hydrogeomorphology, system metabolism, invertebrate traits, fish traits, and food webs in 3 rivers from each of 3 temperate steppe ecoregions on each of 2 continents (18 rivers total). The morning session will include planning for the summer 2017 expedition to 24 sites in mountain steppe regions of Yellowstone River Basin in Wyoming. The afternoon session will concentrate on planning for the 2017 expedition to mountain steppe regions of Mongolia, and may include initial discussions of expeditions planned for 2018 (grassland ecoregions of the USA, and terminal basin regions of Mongolia) and 2019 (grassland ecoregions of Mongolia).

All SFS meeting attendees are welcome to attend all or part of the workshop and participate in discussions. There will be a short overview of the project at the beginning of the morning and afternoon sessions for attendees who are not presently part of the project.