Summer 2019 Meeting June 27, 2019 in Hadley, MA

Summer 2019 Meeting

Date: June 27, 2019

US Fish & Wildlife Northeast Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley MA 01035

Abstract submission for the upcoming Summer meeting is open! Oral presentations abstracts can be submitted HERE. Abstracts must be 250 words or less, and the title and authors must be specified. Submission deadline is 17:00 Friday, May 17, 2019.

Our Keynote speaker will be Todd Richards, the MA Division of Fish & Wildlife Assistant Director of Fisheries. His presentation, “Putting freshwater fisheries data to work”, will focus on current examples of how data, something every biologist wants to collect, can be put to use in everyday fisheries management decisions in order to protect and manage fisheries resources. The data are only useful, however, if we have invested thought in how to put the data to work. Current projects like wild trout management, climate change resiliency, coldwater refugia, warm water fisheries management, and recreational mapping will be highlighted as well as the mandate of MassWildlife.

SNEC SciComm Challenge

Think you’re a science communication champ? Never practiced your scicomm skills, but want to dip your toe? Enter to participate the first ever SNEC SciComm Challenge!

Objective: Create an interactive exhibit to communicate scientific material to a general audience. Any AFS-relevant topics are welcome! Think you can explain the basis of your research in the form of a board game? Go for it! Want to pilot an extensions/outreach tool? Bring it on!

Voting & prizes: To cast votes, each attendee of the winter SNEC 2018 meeting will be given two tickets to give to her/his favorite exhibits. Prizes, provided by the UConn AFS student subunit, will be awarded to the top two contestants.

How to enter: Submit your name(s), topic/title, and requested accommodations: SNEC SciComm Challenge! Entries may be individual or team. Access to table space, electrical outlet(s), and wall space for hanging posters and the like may be requested in the form. Tentative topics/titles are requested to provide some flexibility, but titles must be finalized and submitted to the organizers by December 16th.

We hope you enjoy this new program! Thank you in advance for your support and participation!


Tricks of the Trade – A Workshop on Data QA/QC Best Practices

The Southern New England chapter of AFS is proud to host a workshop on data QA/QC best practices on Wednesday, June 27th at the University of Rhode Island  Bay Campus, in Narragansett, RI.  The workshop will be taught in three parts by fisheries professionals who have years of experience, and will be teaching their “tricks of the trade” on how they deal with data issues.  Registration will start at 8:00am and the workshop will run from 9:00am – 3:30pm.

Session I will be taught by Tiffany Cunningham of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  Tiffany will focus on data collection, data management, and data auditing.  She will talk about the questions you should ask before you collect your data, the different databases you can use to work on your data, and formatting those data to fit a certain database.

Session II will be taught by Michelle Traver of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.  Michelle will talk about working with large data sets, knowing the raw data, looking for trends from the beginning, and incorporating different sources of data into a usable product.

Session III will be taught by Jeff Kneebone from the New England Aquarium. He will focus on quality control of tagging data.  He will go over different examples and how to troubleshoot data issues obtained from conventional, acoustic, and pop-up satellite tags.

Each speaker will talk for one and a half hours with breaks in between.  Lunch will be provided for all workshop attendees.  After the workshop is completed, everyone is invited to a social at a local venue, still TBD.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email Bill Duffy at 508-717-0210 or [email protected].

Registration is require. Click here for registration.