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2pm – 3pm: Workshops

Birdcurious: Birding for Beginners

Are you curious about birding but have no idea where to start? This workshop is for you! PhD student Mikko Jimenez will walk through the basics of birding and explain what details can help you with identifying different species. All experience levels are welcome and the workshop will include an optional, short campus bird walk. Bring binoculars if you have them, but we will have a few spares to share.

  • Workshop leader: Mikko Jimenez
  • Location: Room 304-306

How to Prepare for Comps

  • Workshop leader: Dr. Dan Preston (CSU)
  • Location: Room 308 – 310

Building Your Broader Impact Identity

Broader Impacts have been a review criteria for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for over two decades. But what does it mean to make a broader impact? And how can your Impact Identity lead to a satisfying and meaningful scientific career? This interactive presentation will introduce the NSF concept of Broader Impacts and the Impact Identity Framework. There will be opportunities throughout the presentation to begin thinking about your own Impact Identity and the impact you want to make on society.

  • Workshop leader: Dr. Laura Sample McMeeking (CSU STEM Center)
  • Location: Room 312

3pm – 4pm: Panels & Workshops

Communicating Ecology to the Public

What happens to your science after you publish? Hear from a journalist, an environmental educator, and a policy expert about their role in science communication, and learn what we can do as ecologists to improve our communication.

  • Speakers: Alex Hager (KUNC, Colorado Public Radio) and TBA
  • Moderators: Nicki Bailey & Anna Wright
  • Location: Room 304 – 306

Ecological Management in a Rapidly Changing World

As up-and-coming ecologists, we have been tasked with using our research to guide management practices and/or forecast future ecological trends for conservation, preservation, and sustainability. Having to navigate the world of ecological management in a rapidly warming and changing world can be a daunting task. Our panel of current ecological managers will share their perspectives on the difficulties they face in making management decisions, answer questions about where the future of their field, and provide advice to incoming researchers and managers. 

  • Speakers: Greg Aplet (The Wilderness Society), Curtis Hartenstine (Northern Water), Hanem Abouelezz (National Parks Service)
  • Moderator: Brynn Crosby
  • Location: Room 308 – 310

How citizen science can help you!

Are you familiar with citizen science? Are you interested in participating in citizen science? Are you looking to use citizen science data in your own research? Join us as we answer these three questions! In this workshop we will discuss the benefits of citizen science, how you can get involved, and how you can create your own citizen science projects. We will be using both iNaturalist and platforms.

  • Speakers: Alyssa Connaughton, Melissa Morales, and Brandon Budnicki (CSU)
  • Moderator: Alia Smith (CSU)
  • Location: Room 312

4pm – 5pm: Workshop with keynote speaker Dr. Danielle Ignace

Title & Description TBA
CSU Lory Student Center (LSC) Ballroom B – C

5:15pm – 7pm Poster Presentations and Happy Hour

CSU Lory Student Center (LSC) Ballroom D


8 am – Check In Opens, Morning Coffee
CSU Lory Student Center (LSC) Ballroom Lobby

8:30 – 10:00 am – Oral Presentations Session 1
LSC Rooms 304 – 306, 306 – 308, and 312

10:00 am – 11:30 am – Middle School Science Posters & Coffee Break
LSC Ballroom D

12 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
LSC Ballroom B – D and to-go option

1 – 2:30 pm – Oral Presentations Session 2
LSC Rooms 304 – 306, 306 – 308, and 312

2:30 – 4:00 pm – Oral Presentations Session 3
LSC Rooms 304 – 306, 306 – 308, and 312

4:00 pm – 5 pm – Keynote Address by Dr. Danielle Ignace
LSC Ballroom B – D

5 pm – 7 pm – Closing Remarks and Awards
with Happy Hour
LSC Ballroom B – D

Detailed schedules for oral and poster presentations will be announced February 3rd, 2023.

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