Workshops on Sunday January 8

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Workshop A: Transform your Fisheries Research and Data into Grade 6-12 Lesson Plans
Date and Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023
Half DayMorning
Description: Do you want to share your enthusiasm for fisheries science with young people but don’t know how? Do you have an idea for a lesson plan but aren’t sure where to start? In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to participate in fisheries research based lessons, to learn about best practices for engaging with formal 6th-12 grade teachers in schools and with informal educators, and to brainstorm with your peers about ways to translate your research and work into engaging lesson plans and activities.

Instructors: Abigail Archer & Grace Simpkins (Woods Hole Sea Grant and Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension) and Justin Stevens, Maine Sea Grant
Questions about this workshop? Contact Abigail Archer at [email protected]

Workshop B: Closing the Gap for Women and Underrepresented Groups Within Fisheries
Date and Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023

Half Day – Afternoon
Description: Please join us for a career development workshop focused on providing skills and tools to foster success for women and underrepresented groups within fisheries. This workshop will provide a safe space for participants and panelists to share experiences throughout different stages in their professional career. The first half of the workshop will include advice on pursuing employment opportunities, resume review, and interview advice. The second half of the workshop will focus on advice for career advancement, handling negative situations, developing a strong network, and job retention. The format will be a series of focused Q&A sessions to cover these topics, with a panel of professionals representing different career stages and employment types to share their experiences and advice.

Instructors: Aubrey Ellertson Church, Stacy Furgal, and Sara Turner (Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, NY Sea Grant, NOAA NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office)
Questions about this workshop? Contact Aubrey Ellertson Church at [email protected]

Workshop C: R for Fisheries Science
Date and Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023
Full Day
Description: This workshop will help to address a gap in computational resources for biologists. Computational skills are in high demand and enhance research across all disciplines at all career stages. This hands-on, live-coding workshop is specifically designed for individuals who have little or no coding experience, with dedicated time for troubleshooting any installation and/or set up challenges. Learners will be exposed to a broad range of R-based tools that can be applied to their own research, and best practices of scientific computing for facilitating reproducibility will be discussed. The first half of this workshop is a comprehensive introduction to best practices of flat file (spreadsheet) design, data formatting, and foundational programming with R/RStudio, while the second half covers practical applications of R, including importing and cleaning data, customizing summary tables, generating effective visualizations, and automated reporting.

Instructors: Danielle Quinn
Questions about this workshop? Contact Danielle Quinn at [email protected]

Workshop D: Small Fishways
Date and Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 8, 2023

Full Day
Description: Goals for the workshop are to provide an overview and history of design and evaluation of small (less than 5 meters in height) fishways in eastern North America, and current techniques for biological and hydraulic evaluation of various fishway designs, including Denil, Alaska Steeppass, pool and weir, and nature-like fishways. Background presentations will be given by biologists and engineers currently working in the field of fish passage technology and application. The workshop will also feature brief case studies of fishway successes and failures from workshop attendees, compilation of fishway performance data, and a Round Table discussion of small fishway performance and application. The target participants are federal, state and local agencies, as well as NGO and watershed organization staff interested in development and evaluation of small fishways, nature-like fishways, and dam removals.

Instructors: Alex Haro (USGS Conte Lab) and Ben Gahagan (Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries)
Questions about this workshop? Contact Alex Haro at [email protected]

For more information or questions, please contact the workshop instructor(s), or the Meeting Workshop Chairs:

Alex Haro: [email protected]