Scientific Meetings

With the end of summer, project scientists have turned some of their attention to analyzing data and presenting results at scientific meetings.  Scientific meetings add to the depth and rigor of our science.  One of the most important functions of a scientific meeting is their contribution to peer-review.  Presentations allow us to talk about preliminary results and solicit feedback on approaches and interpretation; this feedback strengthens our final reports or articles.   Scientific meetings also allow us learn about the innovations and ideas of other research groups, so we can adopt and adapt their approaches to understanding the ecology of the Missouri River.  In return, innovations and ideas that we’ve developed are disseminated to the scientific community.   Finally, presentations at scientific meetings help build the stature of the science program on the Missouri River by informing the world about the quality and quantity of Missouri River science.

Janice Albers presents study results at the 6th International Symposium on Sturgeon in Wuhan, China in 2009. USGS scientists and their collaborators in the Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Project provided six presentations at the symposium on topics ranging from reproductive readiness, migration, spawning, and population assessment of Missouri River sturgeons.

Scientific meetings are highly variable in subject matter, scope, and attendance.  With the interdisciplinary orientation of our sturgeon project it can be a challenge to select the meetings that are most effective for communication.  Our attendance has varied recently from management-oriented meetings (National Conference of Ecosystem Restoration), to discipline-specific meetings (American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting), and to specialized multi-disciplinary conferences (Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at the Earth’s Surface).  Unquestionably, the scientific meeting that is most relevant for our project is the annual Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, to be held this year March 13-16 in Pierre, South Dakota (http://www.mrnrc2011.com/CallForPapers.htm).  More than any other venue, the MRNRC meeting promotes discussion of science among scientists, managers, and stakeholders.  Some recent and upcoming presentations from our project are:

  • Sturgeon Use of the Lower Missouri River Floodplain: Presentation at 72nd Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference, Des Moines, Iowa, December 4-7, 2011; Michael W. Archer, Ryan L. Ruskamp, J. David Adams, Justin D. Haas, Gerald E. Mestl, and Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Leveraging Large Volumes of Data to Support Research of Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River: Presentation at World Sturgeon Conservation Society Meeting, Nanaimo, British Columbia, July 11-14, 2011; Kimberly A. Chojnacki, Chad J. Vishy, Emily K. Pherigo, and Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Mobile Mapping of the Endangered Pallid Sturgeon: Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, September 4-8, 2011; Kimberly A. Chojnacki  and Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Use of the Osage River by telemetry-tagged pallid sturgeon: Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, September 4-8, 2011; Sabrina A. Davenport,  Emily K. Pherigo, Chad J. Vishy, Kimberly A. Chojnacki, Diana M. Papoulias and Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Shovelnose Sturgeon: Presentation at 4th Annual Sturgeon and Paddlefishes Conference, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, 11-14 July 2011; Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Use of Telemetry to Intensively Monitor Reproductive Status, Habitat Use and Behavior of Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River: Presentation at World Sturgeon Conservation Society Meeting, Nanaimo, British Columbia, July 11-14, 2011; Aaron J. DeLonay, Diana M. Papoulias, Mark L. Wildhaber, Kimberly A. Chojnacki, Brandon McElroy, Robert B. Jacobson, Gerald E. Mestl
  • Deployment of DIDSON in the Lower Missouri River to Examine Sturgeon Behavior: Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, September 4-8, 2011; Aaron J. DeLonay, Chad J. Vishy, Brandon McElroy, and Kimberly A. Chojnacki
  • Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Pallid Sturgeon in the Missouri River: Presentation at Joint Statistical Meeting, Miami Beach, Florida, July 30 – August 4, 2011; Rima Dey, Christopher K. Wilke, Mark L. Wildhaber,  Edward H. Moran,  Christopher J. Anderson, and Kristie J. Franz
  • Larval Paddlefish and Shovelnose Sturgeon in the Upper Missouri River Basin including the Flow–Regulated Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam, Milk River, and Yellowstone River: Presentation at Montana AFS Meeting, Great Falls, Montana, February 7-10, 2011; David B. Fuller, Ryan D. Lott, and Patrick J. Braaten
  • Riverscape Genetics of the Endangered Pallid Sturgeon: Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, September 4-8, 2011; Edward J. Heist, Kimberly A. Chojnacki, and George R. Jordan
  • Simplification of habitat complexity metrics to guide restoration of large rivers: Presentation at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011; Robert B. Jacobson, Brandon McElroy, Caroline Elliott, and Aaron J. DeLonay
  • Conceptualizing and Communicating Ecological River Restoration: Presentation at National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration, Baltimore, Maryland, August 1-5, 2011; Robert B. Jacobson and Jim Berkley
  • Influence of bifurcation geometry on fluvial fish migration patterns: Presentation at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 5-9, 2011; Brandon McElroy, Pat Braaten, Robb Jacobson
  • Understanding Habitat Needs for Rare Fish with Long Term Telemetric Studies: Pallid Sturgeon in the Lower Missouri River: Presentation at American Fisheries Society 141st Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, September 4-8, 2011; Brandon McElroy, Robert Jacobson, and Aaron DeLonay
  • Distinguishing Bed-load and Bed-material-load Fluxes with Repeat Bathymetric Data: Presentation at Coherent Flow Structures in Geophysical Flows at Earth’s Surface Conference, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, August 3 – 5, 2011; Brandon McElroy and David Abraham
  • Effects Of Early Life-Stage Exposure To Selenium By Egg Injection On Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) And Shovelnose Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus): Presentation at SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts November 13-17 2011; Diana M. Papoulias, Donald E. Tillitt, Mandy L. Annis, Diane K. Nicks, and Matthew Schwarz
  • Multi-Scale Modeling of Riverine Ecosystems and Responses of Fish Populations in the Context of Global Climate Change and Predictive Uncertainty:  Presentation at Model Fusion Conference, London, England 28-29 November 2011; Mark L. Wildhaber, Christopher K. Wikle, Christopher J. Anderson, Kristie J. Franz, Edward H. Moran, and Rima Dey
  • Modeling Large River Fish Population Responses to Global Climate Change: Missouri River Sturgeon Example: Presentation at 2nd Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science, Berlin, Germany, August 8-12, 2011; Mark L. Wildhaber, Christopher K. Wikle, Christopher J. Anderson, Kristie J. Franz, Edward H. Moran, and Rima Dey
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