2020 Meeting Information

at the University of Oregon, Eugene OR, March 24–27, 2020 

“Looking back to plan forward: The relevance of history for today's environmental challenges” 

Tentative Program  |  Plenary Session  |  Banquet  |  Special Sessions  |  Workshops  |  Field Trips

Tentative Program

Tuesday – March 24 
NWSA Board Meeting 
NWSA Evening Social 6:00–9:30 PM (Wildcraft Ciderworks, Eugene

Wednesday – March 25 (Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon; Campus Map)
Keynote Address and Plenary Session
Special Sessions and Workshops
Concurrent, Contributed/Invited Oral & Poster Sessions
Evening Banquet: Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon (limited space available)

Thursday – March 26  (Erb Memorial Union, University of Oregon; Campus Map)
Special Sessions and Workshops
Concurrent, Contributed/Invited Oral & Poster Sessions
NWSA Business Meeting and Lunch – all invited, and lunch is included with registration

Friday – March 27: Field Trips 
Dorena Genetic Research Center 
Northwest Lichenologists 
Environmental history of the southern Willamette Valley and Coast Range 

Plenary Session

Keynote Address by Dr. Patrick Bartlein, University of Oregon
“What Long-term Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest Really Looks Like” 


Banquet Presentation by Dr. Dennis Jenkins 
“Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves” 

Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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Special Sessions

Call for abstracts for special sessions at the NWSA Annual Meeting.  Please contact session organizers (described below) if you have interest in presenting in these sessions.  Posters on the same topics are also possible.  Submission deadline: February 24, 2020

Oral presentations are 20 minutes in length: 15 minutes of presentation, 5 minutes of questions.

Managing for First Foods: Returning Human-Adapted Ecosystems to the Northwest
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Please submit inquires to:

First foods, such as roots, berries, fish, big game, and water, refer to the traditionally gathered array of foods collected by tribal peoples in their seasonal round. In many places, natural resource managers and tribal communities are working together to restore first foods, motivated by the principle of human-nature reciprocity.This session will focus on the variety of applied science tools, methods, and technologies that restore the ecological processes of first foods. In addition, advancements that promote climate vulnerability adaptation are of interest. Tools could include traditional fire use, planting, thinning, and harvesting techniques. We are accepting abstracts for 20 minute presentations or for posters. Presenters can choose a traditional scientific meeting format; however, other formats are also encouraged. The meeting registration fee will be waived for tribal presenters.Instructions for abstract submission can be found here. 

Climate Change and Seed Sourcing in the Pacific Northwest
Please submit inquires to: Lina Aoyama

Native grassland restoration has been about restoring degraded or remnant plant communities. Climate change poses a new challenge to restoration. Historical plant communities that are used as reference communities may not be viable in the future. Therefore, restoration practitioners are facing the question of how to select for plant materials that would persist now and in the future. Where do we source our seeds? Will the seeds adapt to projected climate? Is the native seed market viable?  We welcome presentations about seed sourcing in any ecosystem context, but have a particular emphasis on grassland restoration efforts in the Willamette Valley and the Great Basin.  

Natural Climate Solutions in the Pacific Northwest
Please submit inquiries to: Lucas Silva

The failure of nations to meet their emissions reductions targets makes it urgent to invest in new ways to draw down atmospheric carbon.  Natural climate solutions (NCS) provide a promising pathway to atmospheric COdrawdown while sustaining and often enhancing critical production systems and ecosystem services.  Current NCS practices consist of conservation, restoration and management of natural areas to increase land-based carbon storage, which present a readily implementable way to drawdown CO2.  However, there is a critical and widening gap between the development of scientific knowledge and on-the-ground implementation at the necessary pace and scale.  Most NCS research efforts involve overly simplified landscapes and hypothetical actors, whereas real-world decisions involve space constraints, ownership complexities, and finite resources.  This session aims to bring to light the opportunities for enhancing NCS in the Pacific Northwest.


Introduction to Manipulating and Visualizing Data in R
Matthew Brousil and Michael Meyer

The R language and environment are open-source tools, which are widely-used for research in ecology, natural resources, and other scientific fields. This workshop will introduce several packages for manipulating data, including tidyr and dplyr. Attendees will then learn how to visualize data using the graphics package, ggplot2. The workshop is targeted at participants with novice level experience (i.e., can import data, knowledge of basic commands). Participants are expected to bring a laptop computer to the workshop with an up-to-date version of R installed. Installation of RStudio is also highly encouraged but not required.

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Field Trips

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