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SFS Annual Meeting

SPECIAL EVENTS & MEETINGS

SPECIAL EVENTS

Note: Wear your SFS 2019 name badge and bring your picture ID for any of the SFS mixers and social events. A ticket will be issued and provided at registration.

*Asterisk denotes events that are for specific committee members and/or by invitation only.


Experience Great Salt Lake: A Translational Ecology-Themed Tour

Sunday, May 19 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
(lunch and transportation included)

Great Salt Lake is the largest saline lake in North America (4th largest on Earth) and is a unique and important ecosystem that is of hemispheric importance to migratory birds. Much of the surrounding landscape has been described as “stark,” but it possesses an otherworldly beauty that continues to fascinate visitors from around the world. In striking contrast, the many wetlands surrounding the lake are lush and diverse, hosting about 7.5 million birds annually. The lake’s unique ecosystem has also generated unique industries, ranging from mineral extraction to a multi-million commercial fishery for brine shrimp. The lake also lies at the bottom of two watersheds where over 80% of Utah citizens resides.

Competing interests over the relative importance of Great Salt Lake’s economic and ecological values have resulted in stakeholder conflict and resource management challenges, and many scientific investigations aimed at finding solutions. This makes the lake an ideal setting for exploring the application of translational ecology.

This day-long tour along the shores of Great Salt Lake will allow participants to explore the beauty of Great Salt Lake and learn about this unique ecosystem. At stops along the tour, local scientists and resource managers will discuss how principles of translational ecology have been applied to protect the lake from increasing threats its important resources.

An Unforgettable Bird Watching Tour at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

Sunday, May 19 – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
(lunch and transportation included)

The Great Salt Lake lies on the eastern edge of the Pacific flyway and the western edge of the central migratory flyway, which makes its freshwater marshes and surrounding habitats critical resting and feeding habitat for migratory birds. The Bear River Migratory bird refuge is the largest marsh complex around the lake and among the most important wildlife sanctuaries for migratory birds in the United States. Over 200 species of birds visit the refuge annually, numbering in the millions.

Chris Luecke (Dean, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University) will host a bird watching tour along a 12-mile loop through the heart of the refuge. Plenty of stops along the way will provide participants ample opportunity to observe and photograph birds using a mosaic of habitats, including: upland, mudflat, river delta, brackish and freshwater marshes, temporary ponds, and uplands. This ideal location, combined with the fact that this field trip takes place during spring migration means that it will be easy to see many species of birds along the way.

SRC Workshop

Sunday, May 19, 1:00 PM

The Society for Freshwater Science Student Resource Committee is partnering with the Utah Conservation Corps to lead a nature walk and river cleanup on Sunday, May 19. Leaving from the Salt Palace Convention Center, we will walk by the Utah State Capitol Building, along Canyon Road, and through City Creek Natural Area. The Utah Conservation Corps works on environmental and sustainability projects throughout the state and will be giving us a tour about the history of the city, drinking water supply, and natural features of the park. Lunch is included with the price of the workshop.

SFS-SRC STUDENT ORIENTATION

Sunday, May 19, 4:30-6:00 pm. No charge

Students, please join the Student Resource Committee (SRC) for our first ever student orientation (replacing the SRC luncheon). Learn about the SRC’s activities (e.g. live auction, silent auction, student-mentor mixer), opportunities to get involved in the society, and how to have a rewarding meeting experience. We will also seek nominations for leadership and committee positions. Light refreshments provided

SFS-SRC STUDENT/ MENTOR MIXER

Monday, May 20, 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm; No charge

South Foyer

The student-mentor mixer is designed to facilitate interactions between students and experienced professionals. Mentors may include aquatic science professors, research associates, post-doctoral researchers, government employees, and private consultants. This mixer provides students a great opportunity to network and engage in lively conversation with mentors and peers in a relaxed environment. Each student will be assigned to a group, and all students over 21 will receive a complimentary drink ticket!

Inclusivity Mixer

Monday, May 19, 7:30 PM, No Charge

What better way for SFS to celebrate its diversity than with a party. We welcome you to the second Inclusivity Mixer on Monday May 19, 2019 around 7:30 pm at the Beerhive (10min walk from the convention center). Several food items (including vegetarian options) will be available; for now, drinks are on you. This is mainly a crowdfunded event with support from the society

Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) MIXER

Tuesday, May 21, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm; No Charge

Location – TBA

The PUI Mixer provides a casual opportunity to meet and network for faculty and undergraduate students from colleges and universities that primarily focus on teaching under-graduates. At a location (tba) convenient to the Salt Palace Convention Center. Appetizers are included and cash/credit bar will be available.

5k FUN RUN

Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cost: $30 (includes t-shirt)

The annual SFS 5k run will start and finish outside. A lead cyclist will guide runners and volunteers will be stationed at turns throughout the course. All participants will receive a 5k run or conference meeting shirt. There will be a brief awards ceremony at the immediate conclusion of the event. A portion of the proceeds from the 5k event will go to. Thank you for your support of urban green spaces!

EARLY CAREER MIXER

Wednesday, May 22, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm; No charge

Location – The Green Pig Pub: 31 East 400 South

A casual networking opportunity for SFS members who have finished their terminal degree within the last 10 years. Meet at the Green Pig Pub, 31 East 400 South (convenient to Salt Palace). Cash/credit bar available.

EARLY CAREER WORKSHOP

Thursday, May 23, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm; Cost: $15; Capacity: 30

Room 252 AB

Immediately following the preceding NSF special session, "Advancing Freshwater Science: A Discussion with the National Science Foundation," NSF panelists will continue with a Q&A-style discussion workshop focused on tips and advice for early career scientists wanting to learn how to apply for NSF funding and interact with program officers. Open to SFS members who have finished their terminal degree within the last 10 years. Lunch is included.

MEETINGS

*Asterisk denotes events that are for specific committee members and/or by invitation only.


SFS Committees Lunch Meeting*

Monday, May 20, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Room 251 CF

Members from various SFS committees gather for our annual planning meetings. Committees include: Executive, Board of Directors, Finance, Board of Trustees of the Endowment, Elections and Place, Awards Selection, Long-Range Planning, Annual Meeting, Publications, Public Information and Publicity, Constitution Revision, Student Resources, Taxonomic Certification, Technical Issues, Science and Policy, International Coordination, Conservation and Environmental Issues, Education and Diversity, Sponsorship and Development, Journal Endowment, Special Offices, and Early Career Development.

SFS Endowment Reception*

Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hilton

For donors and recipients, by invitation.

SFS Membership Business Luncheon

Tuesday, May 21, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ballroom EFGHIJ

This is the Society's annual business meeting where reports are presented, and voting is conducted. Pre-registration required.

Annual SFS Taxonomy Fair

Wednesday, May 22, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Ballroom ABCD during Poster Session

The Technical Issues Committee would like to invite you to the Annual SFS Taxonomy Fair at the 2019 Annual meeting. Taxonomic experts will be gathered during the poster session Wednesday afternoon to discuss any and all taxonomic issues and help with identifications. This year there will be prizes for those attendees that bring the 'most interesting specimens' to the Taxonomy Fair. Are you flying to SFS? Please be aware that the FAA has recently changed their guidelines for flying with biological specimens, a description of how to package specimens can be found here: https://www.faa.gov/hazmat/packsafe. Do you not have any specimens to examine but have questions about taxonomy or systematics? Be sure to stop by and chat with the invited experts and hear the latest news about the taxonomy of your favorite invertebrate or algal taxon. We look forward to seeing you at this year's fair.