Please stay tuned for updates to Continuing Education offerings for the Virtual Annual Meeting.

Saturday, August 29

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Plain, Simple, and Concise Writing

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Participants will learn how to write more concise technical documents in plain English and in the active voice, reducing overall length of documents by 25-30% without any loss of content or meaning. The interactive workshop includes many hands-on exercises to give the participants opportunities to practice the principles discussed in class. Participants also will apply the principles and techniques learned to documents they bring to the class and receive personal coaching from the instructor.

  • Student Member: $125
  • Student Non-Member or Young Professional Member: $150
  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $250

Instructor:
Steve McMullin, McMullin Training and Consulting

Steve McMullin

Sunday, August 30

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Environmental DNA (eDNA) Overview: Sampling Techniques, Applications, Analysis, and Occupancy Modeling

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This course will provide attendees with a working knowledge of eDNA molecular diagnostics terminology and procedures. Examples showing both aquatic and terrestrial eDNA applications will be used to bring procedures to life. Portions of the course will include a hands-on segment to familiarize everyone with the basic use sample collection apparatus and how to perform water filtration. Throughout the day group discussion will be encouraged to address attendees’ questions. The last 90 minutes of the course will be used to allow the students to formulate experiment ideas using techniques and methods covered in the course. This will provide students the opportunity to demonstrate a grasp of course material and the ability to apply course work for real world application. We have found in the past that many students take the course to gather information to complete projects that are either funded or looking to get funding yet occasionally they lack basic knowledge to proceed.

  • Student Member: $125
  • Student Non-Member or Young Professional Member: $150
  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $250

Instructor:
Gregory Schumer, Genidaqs/Cramer Fish Sciences

Gregg Schumer

Introduction to RADseq Analysis for Non-Model Systems

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This workshop will cover an introduction to Restriction Site Associated DNA sequencing (RADseq) data and its considerations. This overview will be followed by an hands-on demonstration of the clean-up of raw data, activities focused on mapping and filtering with a reference genome,active discussion of considerations when working without a reference genome, and guided demos of variant calling, filtering and downstream applications such as phylogenetic tree construction and population structure. Workshop organizers will showcase resources to make the analyses go more smoothly, such as job optimization and troubleshooting skills. A streamlined workflow will be presented that is available on NCGAS’s github, to give participants the opportunity to return to the workflow at a later date using their own data. Demo data will be provided from published studies in fisheries biology, allowing for hands on practice using the workflow.

  • Student Member: $125
  • Student Non-Member or Young Professional Member: $150
  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $250

Instructors:

Sheri Sanders, National Center for Genome Analysis Support, Indiana University
Thomas Doak, National Center for Genome Analysis Support, Indiana University
Carrie Ganote, National Center for Genome Analysis Support, Indiana University
Bhavya Papudsehi, National Center for Genome Analysis Support, Indiana University

Sheri Sanders

Tom Doak

Carrie Ganote

Bhavya Papudeshi

Sampling and Identification of Larval Fishes

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This course is intended to provide an introduction to sampling and identification of freshwater fish early life history stages, with an emphasis on Great Lakes and Midwestern fauna. The workshop will include a discussion of sample processing protocols, larval fish morphological features useful for identification, and a procedure for using dichotomous keys to identify specimens. This course will make use of digital images of fish eggs and larvae to introduce participants to morphological and meristic characters used in larva fish identification.

  • Student Member: $125
  • Student Non-Member or Young Professional Member: $150
  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $250

Instructors:

Edward Roseman, USGS Great Lakes Science Center
Lauren Eaton, University of Toledo
Amy George, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center
Stacey Ireland, USGS Great Lakes Science Center

Amy George

Edward Roseman

Stacey Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Template Model Builder (TMB): Structure and Application

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This course will introduce participants to the free statistical modeling software Template Model Builder (TMB). This advanced software allows for fast and efficient fitting of statistical models with fixed and random effects, in the presence of nonlinearities and non-normal errors. This software is becoming widely used in the fitting of fisheries state space models. Participants will learn what TMB is used for, the conceptual basis for how TMB works, and how to apply TMB to fit example models to data. Our approach will inter-disperse lecture presentation of concepts and programming approaches, with hands on application of the concepts and approaches by participants, where they will be tasked with small doable coding tasks. Participants will leave the course with an understanding of the capabilities of TMB, and a basic ability to use the software to fit models with both fixed and random effects. Thus, participants will learn whether application of TMB to their own work would be advantageous, and how to begin using it.

  • Student Member: $125
  • Student Non-Member or Young Professional Member: $150
  • Member: $175
  • Non-Member: $250

Instructors:
James Bence, Michigan State University
Emily Liljestrand, Michigan State University

James Bence

Emily Liljestrand