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Conference Workshops

Workshops are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 13. Workshops are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Except if otherwise noted, transportation from the convention center to Workshops located offsite of the convention center will be via carpooling. For such offsite workshops, we will forward the names and email addresses of all those who sign up for a workshop to the workshop organizer prior to the conference, who will contact each participant in advance to set up a time for a brief meeting to provide directions and work out the details of who will be driving. If you signed up for a workshop and if you have not heard from the workshop leader by April 15, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a workshop, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the workshop leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the workshop has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Workshop 1: Program R for Absolute Beginners

Date and time: Friday, 17 April: 1 pm to 4 pm

Location:  Room TBA

Instructors: Kristine Hoffmann, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Lawrence University

Description: Join us for a gentile introduction to Program R, the fastest growing language for data science and the new norm for statistical analysis in journals. This workshop is intended for those who have no experience or those who are just getting started in learning this language, but who are computer literate and comfortable in Microsoft Excel. We’ll walk through the basic components of R Studio and how to import data, manipulate data, run simple statistical tests and other functions, make plots, and find help online. We’ll discuss troubleshooting, common pitfalls, and how to boost your confidence with this software. Participants will receive instructions on how to download the needed software ahead of time. Bring your laptop so you can play along.

Limit of 20 participants.

Fee: $5 (come to workshop prepared to pay fee directly to Kristine)

For more information: contact Kris Hoffman at khoffmann@stlawu.edu.

 

Workshop 2: Creating Beautiful Plots in Program R with ggplot2

Date and time: Friday, 17 April: 9 am to Noon

Location:  Room TBA

Instructors: Kristine Hoffmann, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Lawrence University

Description: Would you like to plot your data with error bars, colors, and annotations? The package 'ggplot2' allows you to create completely customized plots layer by layer, and 'cowplot' prepares these plots for publication. Come learn the grammar of graphics as we explore different types of plots, scales, and add bells and whistles. Participants are expected to already be familiar with importing data, using common functions, and extracting specific columns from a data frame; these essential skills will not be covered. Bring your laptop so you can play along.

Limit of 20 participants.

Fee: $5 (come to workshop prepared to pay fee directly to Kristine)

For more information: contact Kris Hoffman at khoffmann@stlawu.edu.

 

Workshop 3: Using Open Source GIS Software in the Environmental Sciences

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

Location:  Room TBA.

Instructors: Larry Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Biology, Department of Biology, Plymouth State University

Description: This workshop will introduce the participants to QGIS, an open source GIS software, that does most of the tasks required of a GIS program. Participants will be asked to supply their own laptops, but since QGIS software runs on both Macs and PCs and works the same on both, there is no problem as to which system the participant brings to the workshop. The workshop director will supply both the software and sample GIS files. The workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of using the software, but not the basics of what GIS is. If time permits the participants will get a chance to download information towards their own projects.

Limit of 15 participants.

No fee.

For more information: contact Larry Spencer at lts@mail.plymouth.edu.

 

Workshop 4: Drawing from Nature: It's All in the Details! (Textures, Techniques, and Tricks)

Date and time: Saturday 18 April, 7:30–9:00 pm

Location:  Room TBA.

Instructors: Dorie Petrochko, Senior Instructor, Yale Peabody Musuem Natural Science Illustration Program

Description: Explore and draw the fascinating details of natural science subjects such as birds, nests, shells, fungi, feathers and bones,using graphite and colored pencils. No previous experience in drawing is necessary.

Limit of 10 participants.

Fee: $10 to cover materials (come to workshop prepared to pay fee directly to Dorie)

For more information: contact Dorie Petrochko at doripbird1@gmail.com.

 

Workshop 5: The Ecological Consequences of Light Pollution

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 4 to 4:45 pm

Location:  Room TBA.

Instructors: Leo Smith, Northeast Regional Director, International Dark Sky Association

Description:Outdoor lighting creates challenges to the ecology, from disruption of foraging behavior, to migration, orientation and homing of birds, to influencing reproductive behavior, courtship and spawning, to increasing predatory risks. These ecological consequences of light pollution can be the result of either direct or ambient illumination. Using controls to govern the amount of light, its shielding, time of use, and color of light can help mitigate the ecological challenges resulting from outdoor lighting. New LED outdoor lighting can pose special concerns because of the blue-rich spectrum lighting. The presentation will include a Power Point presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

All conference attendees welcome.

No Fee

For more information: contact Leo Smith at leo@smith.net.

 

Workshop 6: Protecting the Darkness of the Nighttime Ecosystem

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 5 to 5:45 pm

Location:  Room TBA.

Instructors: Leo Smith, Northeast Regional Director, International Dark Sky Association

Description: Will cover devastating impact of light pollution on “Insect Apocalypse”, with details from a November 2019 article in Smithsonian Magazine (available online at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-contributes-insect-apocalypse-180973642/) as well as light pollution consequences on animal habitats and foraging. Part 2 of the presentation will review current state of laws and regulations in Connecticut. Part 3 will cover opportunities for improvement. There will be time at the end for Q & Q and discussion.

All conference attendees welcome.

No Fee

For more information: contact Leo Smith at leo@smith.net.

 

Workshop 7: Green Crabs, an Invasive Species: They’re Your Problem Now

Date and time: Friday 17 April, 1 to 3 pm

Location:  Room TBA.

Instructors: Laura Trudel, Education Director, Seaside Sustainability

Description: Climate change has accelerated the impact of invasive species in sensitive ecological areas worldwide. As an Environmental Scientist, starting your first job in a NGO, what do you need to know to mitigate your invasive species problem?  We will use the European Green Crab as a model to investigate methods we can use to assess and mitigate the problem.  We first ask, “What is the problem and whose problem is it?”  What do we know about this species that can help us create solutions?  This workshop is comprised of a video describing the Green Crab problem, a PowerPoint presentation that provides the information you need to know about your invasive species, questions you should ask, and finally a wet lab with live Green Crabs. The lab, will teach you how to handle the crabs and how to identify male vs. female crabs. We will explore data sheet design and finally work with basic data collection tools to measure and weigh the crabs.

Limit of 10 participants.

No Fee

For more information: contact Laura Trudel at Trudell@seasidesustainability.org.

 

Additional 2020 NENHC workshops will be listed here as they are confirmed.

 

 

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