The 2020 Annual Professional Biology Conference and AGM

Conference Theme: Professional Biology (un)Tangled

April 27-May 1, 2020

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Join us online for a unique opportunity to learn from leaders in various applied biology fields, and build connections across industry, government and conservation organizations. 

 


Dr. Kyle Artelle, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography Dept., University of Victoria

The rigour of management approaches in BC and  the role of values in environmental management.

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Dr. Jessica Dempsey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia

How and why does biodiversity loss continue despite the proliferation of conservation laws and policies?

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Dr. Richard Schneider, Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair, University of Alberta.

Biologists as conservation advocates: Good idea or bad?

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Conference Title: Supporting Biology Professionals to Lead in Applied Research and Resource Management in British Columbia

Tangled in conflicting policies and politics, competitive work environments, public opinion, mistrust of science, misconceptions about our profession, ethical commitments, and new professional governance legislation, professional biologists must forge a path to practice in applied biology in a scientific way. How can we support biology professionals to lead in applied research so that we can effectively manage natural resources in British Columbia?

Who should attend:
The APB annual conference attracts Biology Professionals, natural resources managers, researchers, industry representatives, First Nations, not-for-profit organizations, naturalists and biology students across western Canada.


Call for Abstracts

The deadline for abstract submissions is March 20, 2020. 
See Guidelines for Abstract Submission.


Conference Program

  • Saturday March 21 - Wednesday April 29:  APB Silent Auction
  • Wednesday April 29:  APB Annual General Meeting, Keynote Presentations and Plenary Sessions, Silent Auction

Optional Program Items

  • Monday April 27:  Evening seminar "Ecosystem Mapping in Applied Research and Resource Management in British Columbia"
  • Tuesday April 28:  Half day workshop "Species Distribution Modelling Using Occupancy and Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping"
  • Thursday April 30: Half day session "APB Strategic Planning"
 

Download the complete 2020 APB Conference Program (includes registration fee details).


  

Conference Program

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A – MONDAY EVENING April 27 – ECOSYSTEM MAPPING SEMINAR

Ecosystem Mapping in Applied Research and Resource Management in British Columbia

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Monday April 27, 2020

A1 – Introduction to Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping: Deepa Filatow

Introduction to Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping

TIME TBA, Monday April 27, 2020

Deepa Filatow,BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping is a multidisciplinary description of the geography and character of ecosystems. It is critical to the understanding and management of ecosystems in the complex landscapes of British Columbia. There is an increased need for consistent and publicly available ecosystem mapping information that is easier to collect, interpret and view. A rekindling of the communication and collaboration between the Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Unit and the mapping community is critical in the context of rapid change in climate, land use pressures, classification, technologies, and evolution of inventory methods.

This session will start with an overview of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Unit of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and their role in Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping. The talk will include an introduction to the team members, their expertise and roles. The presentation will explore recent developments in mapping tools, templates and applications; used for data collection, access, and analysis, including:

  • Field data collection tools in Collector (ArcGIS), Survey 123 (ArcGIS), and Xforms
  • Templates and tools in the contractor package
  • Online applications for data access
  • Updates to the Ecoregion Classification and maps
  • Open source software and tools
  • Predictive mapping advances including the use of LiDAR
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Unit is seeking feedback and input from the mapping community on priorities and needs, as well as thoughts on the role of Professional Biologists in this multi-professional and multi-agency field of practice.

A2 – Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping – Mapping Classification and Codes: Jackie Churchill

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping – Mapping Classification and Codes

TIME TBA, Monday April 27, 2020

Jackie Filatow,BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

This session will build on the material covered in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping presentation by Deepa Filatow. PART 2 will provide an overview to the recent work and challenges in compiling a provincial list of standardized mapping codes for Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping in British Columbia. The session will be interactive and will seek to stimulate discussion and solicit input.

The map codes list is a key to allowable mapping units for new projects. It is also a data dictionary to both new and legacy mapping projects in the provincial data holdings. The list must align with an ever evolving biogeoclimatic classification, down to site series, described in the regional Land Management Handbook field guides and published through the database, BECdb. It must also contain the non-forested units mapped by realm, group class and plant associations. In addition, non-vegetated and anthropogenic codes must be used to map these entities across the landscape to facilitate analysis and GIS data integrity.

The presentation will provide a starting point for discussion and input on decisions and choices required to improve the map codes list. Data fields must also be designed so that ecosystems are described in a more consistent, user friendly and consumable structure. Potential topics for discussion and feedback include:

  • Use of 00 codes in site series fields
  • Appropriate use of two letter codes
  • Code submission process
  • Project specific codes
  • Use of assumed modifiers
  • Issues of scale
  • Update cycle timing
Some of the key goals of improving the map code list are to: (1) increase the consistency of data collection and mapping, (2) facilitate data validation, (3) improve map use through readability, display and ease of analysis.

A3 – Speaker 3 TBA

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A4 – Speaker 4 TBA

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A5 – Speaker 5 TBA

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A6 – Seminar Registration Fee

Registration Fee:

  • $35 Non-Members*
  • $15 APB Student and Retired Members
  • $20 APB Members Early Registration (until Mar 28)
  • $25 APB Members (after Mar 28)

*Become a member prior to registering to receive the member's rate.

B – TUESDAY MORNING April 28 – SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MODELLING WORKSHOP

Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday April 28, 2020

B1 – Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling: Leah Andresen

Introduction to Species Distribution Modelling

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Tuesday April 28, 2020

Leah Andresen,Keefer Ecological

Join us for an in-depth introduction to the theory and application of Species Distribution Modelling in conservation biology.

B2 – Workshop Registration Fee

Registration Fee:

  • $175 Non-Members*
  • $ 50 APB Student and Retired Members
  • $ 85 APB Members Early Registration (until Mar 28)
  • $100 APB Members (after Mar 28)

*Become a member prior to registering to receive the member's rate.

C – WEDNESDAY MORNING April 29 – APB Annual General Meeting

APB AGM

8:30 am – 9:15 am Wednesday April 29, 2020

FREE but registration is required.

C1 – AGM Agenda

*Become a member prior to the AGM to be eligible to vote!

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C2 – AGM Registration Fee

AGM Only: FREE but registration is required.

D – WEDNESDAY April 29 – APB Conference

APB Conference

9:15 am – 4:00 pm Wednesday April 29, 2020

D1 – Conference Welcome: Mark Thompson

Conference Welcome: Mark Thompson

9:15 am – 9:30 am Wednesday April 29, 2020

Mark Thomson, APB President

D2 – Opening Keynote: Dr. Kyle Artelle

The rigour of management approaches in BC and the role of values in environmental management

8:30 am – 9:15 am Wednesday April 29, 2020

Dr. Kyle Artelle, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Geography Dept. at the University of Victoria

Dr. Kyle Artelle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Victoria and a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. He is based in Wágḷísḷa, Wáxv:w̓uísax̌vs Haíɫzaqv (Bella Bella, Heiltsuk First Nation Territory) where he researches the ecology, conservation, and management of species of high cultural and ecological importance, including carnivores and food species at scales ranging from individual waterways to across the continent.

He is currently working as part of an international collaboration between the Haíɫzaqv, Wuikinuxv, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and Nuxalk First Nations, Raincoast, and multiple university partners that conducts non-invasive field monitoring of grizzly and black bear (including spirit bear) populations across a >22,000 km2 area of British Columbia's Central Coast, and as scientific lead on an experimental Haíɫzaqv clam management program.

He investigates natural resource management more broadly, including investigations into the rigour of management approaches in British Columbia, the inclusion of scientific principles in wildlife management across North America, the role of values in environmental management, and the nascent potential of supporting resurgent Indigenous-led governance for just and effective conservation approaches.

D3 – Plenary Keynote: Dr. Jessica Dempsey

How and why does biodiversity loss continue despite the proliferation of conservation laws and policies?

10:00 am – 10:30 am Wednesday April 29, 2020

Dr. Jessica Dempsey,Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia.

Towards answering this, Dr. Jess Dempsey studies how nonhuman biological life shapes and is shaped by political, economic, and scientific processes that are implicated in and respond to biodiversity loss. This has led her to interview green financiers in fancy New York boardrooms and scientists in paper-stuffed academic offices, study investments in conservation cattle markets in rural Kenya, participate in endless international biodiversity negotiations, and examine the intricacies of ecological-economic models.

Her award-winning book Enterprising Nature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) traces the rise of market-based and economistic approaches to biodiversity conservation, concluding that “selling nature to save it” has so far remained promissory, more utopian than pragmatic.

https://blogs.ubc.ca/jdempsey/

D4 – Plenary Speaker: Lisa Helmer and Dallas Nikal

Collaborative Stewardship Programs with Indigenous Communities in BC

TIME TBA, Wednesday April 29, 2020

Lisa Helmer,BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Dallas Nikal,Wet’suwet’en First Nation

D5 – Plenary Speaker: Dr. Jason Jones

Walking backwards into the future: Combining old school and new school skills to create a modern professional biologist

TIME TBA, Wednesday April 29, 2020

Dr. Jason Jones, EcoLogic Consultants Ltd.

Dr. Jamie Fenneman, EcoLogic Consultants Ltd.

Mr. Mark Thompson, EcoLogic Consultants Ltd.

D6 – Plenary Speaker: Brent Matsuda

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D7 – Plenary Speaker: TBA

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D8 – Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Schneider

Biologists as conservation advocates: Good idea or bad?

TIME TBA, Wednesday April 29, 2020

Dr. Richard Schneider, Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair, University of Alberta

Dr. Richard Schneider’s career as a conservation biologist has evolved at the interface between conservation science and conservation policy. Since 2006, Richard has been a senior scientist with the Integrated Landscape Management Lab—now the Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair—at the University of Alberta. In this capacity, he has conducted applied research on industrial cumulative effects, the selection of protected areas in northern Alberta, and the recovery of woodland caribou. In recent years, his research has focused on the ecological effects of climate change and methods for climate adaptation.

Richard has published numerous peer-reviewed papers as well as a book on ecosystem-based forest management. Conservation is often portrayed as an applied science—a corpus of knowledge about how ecological systems function, how they are threatened, and how they can be maintained. Conservation is also a form of management. It entails working with people to achieve desired ecological outcomes, grappling with conflicting land-use objectives, and making optimal use of available conservation resources. The aim of this book is to build a bridge between these two perspectives, linking theory with practice.

https://ccte.ca/index.html

https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/49530485_Richard_R_Schneider

D9 – Conference Registration Fee

Registration Fee:

  • $200 Non-Members*
  • $ 75 APB Student and Retired Members
  • $125 APB Members Early Registration (until Mar 28)
  • $150 APB Members (after Mar 28)

*Become a member prior to registering to receive the member's rate.

E – THURSDAY MORNING April 30 – APB Strategic Planning Session

APB Strategic Planning Session

9:00 am – 12:00 pm Thursday April 30

Fee: FREE but registration is required.

APB members are welcome to join the Board of Directors strategic planning meeting to guide our priorities for 2020/2021.

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