Category: Seminar

NNOUNCEMENT – 7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels – Deadline 15 March for 1-5 June 2015 conference

We invite all researchers of tree and flying squirrels to participate in the 7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels in Helsinki, Finland, in June 15, 2015.

The colloquium will take place at the Finnish Museum of Natural History, LUOMUS at the University of Helsinki.

Presentations on various aspects of ecology, behaviour, systematics, genetics and conservation of squirrels are warmly welcome.

Research on arboreal squirrels as model animals can solve general questions, not only in squirrel biology, but also for many broader subdisciplines of the biological sciences. Researchers from all over the world are welcome to present their newest results, meet and discuss with colleagues and build collaborative relationships.


                        *Learn at Lunch Live Webinar: Bird Friendly Tree and Shrub Pruning and Removal
Date: Tuesday Mar. 24, 2015 Time: 12 pm *MST
Speakers: Janice H. Gardner, Great Salt Lake Audubon Volunteer and Biologist for Ecology and Environment Inc. and Melissa Burns, Ecologist and Migratory Bird Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Utah Ecological Services Field Office

Do you know your responsibilities to protect birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?

Melissa Burns of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Janice Gardner of Great Salt Lake Audubon and an environmental consultant, will discuss how both private and public personnel can avoid “take” of birds during tree trimming, brush removal, and other habitat-altering projects. The webinar will use case studies to discuss basic bird biology, how birds are impacted, and project planning as it relates to professionals in the tree care and forestry industry.

*No registration required! CEUs available from the following organizations:    – International Society of Arboriculture    – Society of American Foresters Click HERE <> for more details. Each webinar will have a unique website.

1. Plan to enter the webinar a few minutes early to enter CEU information and answer survey questions.

2. Click on the web link provided for the session:

3. We recommend using Firefox web browser for viewing the webinar

4. Enter as a guest ­ or enter yourr name.

5. You should be taken to the presentation screen and have access to the audio.


The `Ilima SACNAS Chapter at UH is hosting the 2015 SACNAS Regional Meeting at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, April 17-19, 2015.  The free public event will feature award-winning keynote speakers, a career opportunities workshop, a research symposium, and an awards ceremony bbq reception.

All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs are invited to submit an abstract to present their research in any science, technology, engineering, or math discipline.  Deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 3, 2015.

Registration is free (thanks to our sponsors) and open to the public.  Registration closes on Monday, April 13, 2015.

Meeting Website:

Contact or `Ilima Chapter President for any questions or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.


We still have space!
Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional info.
Hope to see you in Raleigh.

Spring workshop in Bioinformatics

Raleigh, North Carolina
May 18 – 22, 2015

The handling of large datasets has become intractable without some level of bioinformatic literacy. Many biologists find that there is a steep learning curve to develop the confidence required to explore their genomics datasets effectively. This bioinformatics short course includes a rich collection of hands-on instruction and lectures specifically intended to help novice users become comfortable with a range of tools currently used to analyze next-generation data. There is no prerequisite for this course other than a willingness to learn and to work hard throughout the week. All workshop exercises will be implemented via VirtualBox and focus on Illumina data.

Course participation is limited to to 25 students to ensure an intimate learning environment. Course instructors: Nic Blouin, PhD & Ian Misner PhD  Full course information/topics, contact, instructor info, and application instructions at

College Faculty and Graduate Students,

If you haven’t already signed up to attend our special seminar this Thursday, March 12, please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, March 11.  Mr. Martin Hsia from the law firm Cades Schutte will present an interesting seminar about Intellectual Property Protection.  Please see the attached file about Mr. Hsia’s seminar.

Thank you,


Science Network Workshop Series
Register for Our March Webinars on Science Communication

It can be a boon to science and scientists when the media gets science right. But when the news perpetuates misinformation, it can have negative consequences for research, funding, and policy. So how do you communicate your expertise and knowledge effectively to reporters? And how do you fight back against misinformation when it’s the prevailing media trend?

<>Register for our two upcoming webinars on communicating with the media. You’ll hear from scientists and science communication experts who have firsthand experience working with reporters to make sure that the facts, not myths, are the headline.

<>101: Rapid Response Ready: Preparing for media opportunities
Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
When a new story breaks, the media doesn’t have a lot of time to spend searching for experts. Our presenters are communications and scientific experts who can share with you how to build those relationships with the media, so that when a reporter needs scientific information from an expert, they know to look for you.

<>202: Pushing Back Against Misinformation
Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT
With 24/7 news and social media, everyone has their own platform to share their views. But when policy makers and the media are spreading scientific misinformation, the public deserves to hear the truth from the experts. Join us for a webinar filled with science communication tips on how to engage on contentious issues, how to frame your arguments so they aren’t reinforcing the myths, and how to push through the cacophony so the truth can be heard.

<>Register today for our upcoming skills-based online workshops.

We have room for one more student to receive funding for the Leadership Summit. The funding application deadline has been extended toSunday, February 22, 2015 at 11:59pm.
Leadership Summit Application Link:
Conference Details:
Date: March 19 – 21, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa – Santa Ana Pueblo, NM

Are you interested in Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry?
The 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute is your opportunity to gain an integrated perspective with world-renowned faculty to address critical questions using current analytical techniques, experimental approaches, and instructional models.

The 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute (SSI 2015) is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, post-docs, professionals, faculty, and K-12 teachers. SSI 2015 will be held on June 14-27, 2015, and is located at the confluence of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains, at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Topics covered during the Summer Soil Institute will be directed towards answering: What are the physical, chemical and biological components of soil? What do molecular techniques tell us about soil biodiversity? How does soil chemistry affect carbon and nutrient cycling? How are soil processes affected by global change?

For more information and to apply, please visit our website: <> After reviewing the website, if you are interested in attending SSI this year, and would like more information, please Email us at: <>

Applications due March 2, 2015.

Additional Information:

Summer Soil Institute participants will get hands-on experience with lab, field, and modeling techniques including:

Soil physics and biochemistry:


Organic matter fractionation

Stable isotopes

Soil respiration

Trace gas fluxes


Soil biology-microbes and fauna:

DNA extraction

Quantitative PCR

Enzyme activities

Microscopy-based identification

Soil food web modeling

The 2015 SSI Faculty Instructors:
Jay Lennon: Soil Microbial Ecology and Molecular Techniques

Eugene Kelly: Pedology and Geochemistry

John Moore: Soil Ecology, Food Web Modeling

Mary Stromberger: Soil Microbiology

Diana Wall: Soil Sustainability, Soil Fauna

Joe von Fischer: Soil Microbial Ecology and Trace Gas Measurements

Thomas Borsch: Soil Chemistry

Claudia Boot: Soil Organic Matter

We hope that you can join us this year for the 6th Annual Summer Soil Institute at Colorado State University


Summer Soil Institute Organizational Committee

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
SSI Web: <>
SSI Email: <>

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WRRC Seminar Series Feb 19th 2015

WRRC Seminar Series Spring 2015

When:  February 19, 2015 (Thursday) 3:00- 4:00 PM

Where: POST 126, UH Manoa

Development of modeling-based decision support tools for managing impacts of climate change and invasive species on tropical forest watersheds


Christian P. Giardina, PhD

Research Ecologist, Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Hilo Hawaii

Abstract: Rising air temperatures, changes in rainfall, and expanding invasive plant cover all will influence water cycling and availability in the tropics, but independent and interactive effects are poorly understood let alone quantified. Further, structured decision support is largely absent from tropical watershed management, greatly limiting capacity to make decisions that are strategic and efficient at landscape scales. To address these concerns, we examined stream flow across a series of watersheds spanning a highly constrained 4000 mm gradient in mean annual precipitation (MAP ranging from 2500 to 6500mm) on the Island of Hawaii. Specifically, we used published data sources to parameterize the Distributed Hydrology Vegetation Soils Model (DHSVM), modeled flow in 87 watersheds in windward Hawaii Island, and validated modeled output for stream flow against six years (2006-2011) of real stream flow and paired climate data. We then ran the fully parameterized DHSVM under various scenarios of climate change (reduced /increased precipitation; warming) and expanding invasive species cover.

Modeling results point to a very strong influence of MAP on water flow, and a negative influence on variation in water flow. Modeling also revealed reductions in flow with invasion with larger reductions when invasion was accompanied by warming. Critically, climate change, particularly changes in temperature, and invasive species cover appear to have manageable impacts on watershed function in our tropical forest watersheds – with modeled invasive plant removal treatment restoring flow. We then used DHSVM-based analyses to develop a structured decision support tool designed to increase the adaptive capacity of human infrastructure and of targeted ecosystems to absorb climate change through enhanced management. We conclude that reducing impacts of both climate change and invasive species can be efficiently achieved through a DST process that identifies portions of the landscape that are most reasonable to manage, based on ownership, ecological condition, accessibility, cost and water yield benefits of the management action.