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We’re pleased to offer the following high-quality pre-conference workshops on Sunday, February 13, 2022. Thank you to the workshop organizers for their efforts to provide these additional educational opportunities with an emphasis on a specific skill, technique, or process.

Pre-registration and additional fees are required for participation in all workshops. Sign up will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis via the online registration form. Remote participation is available for virtual attendees as indicate below as “hybrid.”
W-01: Team Wellness in Times of Uncertainty
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Contact: Michelle Doerr, Anavah Consulting; (612) 209-1484; michelle@anavahconsulting.com
Type: Hybrid (virtual participation available)
Fee to attend: $30
Overview: Are you encouraging your team through these uncertain times or are you leading them to burnout? Managers must take the right actions to address wellbeing for themselves and their teams as we adapt to the future of the workplace. I help leaders become aware of factors contributing to overwhelm and burnout, then learn and encourage new ways of working together for the good of the organization. The learning objectives for this workshop are to;
  • Uncover signs of workplace burnout, COVID overwhelm and trauma
  • Devise a set of team operating principles to move through uncertainty
  • Discuss team wellbeing for resilience through change
  • Examine ways of being that support healthy and regenerative workplaces
Presenter(s): Michelle Doerr, Anavah Consulting LLC
Intended Audience: Early professional through all levels of leadership and authority - for anyone struggling with personal and team overwhelm.
W-02: Beginner/Intermediate GIS for Fish and Wildlife Biologists
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (with a break for lunch on your own)
Contact: Hadley Boehm, University of Missouri; hibhr5@mail.missouri.edu
Type: In person participation only
Fee to attend: $50 for students; $75 for professionals
Overview: We will introduce students to GIS and its capabilities, practice bringing data into a map, creating and editing features, working with spatial relationships, and creating maps of quality for reports and/or publications. Students will have the opportunity to complete the workshop using ArcGIS or QGIS, based on their preference.
Presenter(s): Nico Vigilante & Hadley Boehm; University of Missouri & Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Intended Audience: This workshop will be useful to students and professionals in fish and wildlife fields. Target audience will be those with little to some experience using GIS programs.
Requirements: Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer with ArcGIS and/or QGIS installed. QGIS is open source (free to download), and we will provide a student license for ArcGIS prior to the workshop.
W-03: Data Management and Visualization Using Tidyverse in R
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (with a break for lunch on your own)
Contact: Shaley Valentine Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (906) 362-7018 shaley.valentine@siu.edu
Type: Hybrid (virtual participation available)
Fee to attend: $50
Overview: This workshop will introduce participants to tidying, managing, manipulating, and visualizing data using R statistical software. Most of the tools to manipulate and visualize data will use the tidyverse packages including dplyr, ggplot2, tidyr, stringr, and gt. Using these packages, participants will learn how to organize data, summarize data, create new variables, clean data for use in visualizations, and create figures and tables. Visualization aesthetics for publication-quality figures and tables will be emphasized. Datasets used during the workshop will be fisheries and wildlife specific data to maximize applicability to participants. Writing code in any language takes much practice, so the workshop is meant to provide code, explanation of code, and offer exercises where participants practice editing or writing their own code and applying it to ecological datasets. The morning half of the workshop will focus on using dplyr, tidyr, and stringr to manage, manipulate, and organize data. The afternoon part of the workshop will focus on using ggplot2 and gt to create visualizations and synthesize all information together. The goal is to learn how to go from starting with a potentially messy dataset to managing and organizing the data and then visualizing the data. All these steps will be expanded on with walk-through exploratory exercises.
  1. Participants should be familiar with the basics of R, but need not have extensive knowledge.
  2. Personal laptop with RStudio and R downloaded. These programs are free online.
Presenter(s): Shaley Valentine, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Garrett Johnson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Intended Audience: Students, early career professionals, and any professionals interested in learning more about using R’s tidyverse to create visualizations and manage data
W-04: Designing and Conducting Acoustic Telemetry Studies
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (with a break for lunch on your own)
Contact: Chris Vandergoot, Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System; 734-780-6010; vandergo@msu.edu
Type: In person participation only
Fee to attend: $50
Overview: Over the last decade the use of acoustic telemetry for monitoring the movements and population dynamics in freshwater environments has increased greatly this workshop with provide an overview of conducting acoustic telemetry studies for fish populations in inland aquatic systems. Specifically, topics such as choosing the appropriate equipment (transmitters and receivers), implanting transmitters, importance of understanding transmitter detection range, contrasting fine-scale vs. presence/ absence studies, data management, data analysis and an introduction to open-source data analysis packages. Although this workshop will focus on acoustic telemetry, much of the content will be broadly applicable to radio telemetry and PIT tagging studies.
Intended Audience: Students, professionals; beginner/ intermediate
W-05: The Importance of Student Chapters of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society in the Professional Development of Students
(Sponsored by the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society)
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Contact: Gary Potts, North Central Section of TWS; (618) 322-0758; gary.potts@sbcglobal.net
Type: Hybrid (virtual participation available)
Fee to attend: $25
Overview: Becoming a member and getting involved in a student chapter of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society can have many benefits in the professional development of students. We will discuss the benefits of being a member at the various membership levels, networking, career assistance, and the opportunities for getting involved. Several officers will discuss their roles with each organization, student chapter advisors will discuss the benefits of student chapters and strategies for improvement, several student chapters will give presentations on running a student chapter and the challenges they face, and a breakout session will allow interactions between student chapters to exchange ideas to make their student chapter more effective. Students will gain a greater appreciation of how their membership and participation in a student chapter of AFS and TWS will help with their career development.
Presenter(s): Several officers of both the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, and student chapter advisors and officers will speak.
Intended Audience: Students and Student Chapter Advisors. Content level is from beginning student to officer levels.
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