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2:00 – 3:00 pm: Panels & 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. The outdoor bird walk has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

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

Demystifying the oral and written exam

The oral and written exam for GDPE PhD students can be a daunting and stressful component of the graduate program. In this panel and Q&A, we will hear tips and advice from students who recently completed the exams. We will also hear from faculty who have served on graduate committees and can share their perspective on how to prepare. Our goal is to make the exam process more transparent and less stressful for all involved.

  • Speakers:
    • Dr. Liba Pejchar (Professor, FWCB)
    • Siwook Hwang (Phd Candidate, Soil and Crop Sciences)
    • Josue Rodriguez-Ramos (Phd Candidate, Soil and Crop Sciences)
    • Giovanna Mato Franco (Phd Candidate, Agricultural Biology)
  • Moderator: Dr. Dan Preston (Assistant professor, FWCB)
  • 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)
  • Moderator: Josie Otto (CSU, GDPE graduate student)
  • Location: Room 312

3:00 – 4:00 pm: 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)
    • Dr. Katie Langin (Science)
    • Dr. Chris Funk (CSU)
    • Christina Welch (CSU Extension)
  • Moderators: Nicki Bailey & Anna Wright (CSU M.S. students, GDPE)
  • 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:
    • Dr. Greg Aplet (The Wilderness Society)
    • Dr. Mark Coleman (Northern Water)
    • Casey Davenhill (CO Watershed Assembly)
    • Alex Wendorf (Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources)
  • Moderator: Brynn Crosby (CSU M.S. student, GDPE)
  • 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 (CSU M.S. student, GDPE)
    • Melissa Morales (CSU M.S. student, GDPE)
    • Brandon Budnicki (CSU Ph.D. Student, ESS & Developer)
  • Moderator: Alia Smith (CSU)
  • Location: Room 312

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Workshop with keynote speaker Dr. Danielle Ignace

Elevating science communication and making meaningful connections with communities
CSU Lory Student Center (LSC) Ballroom B – C

5:15 – 7:00 pm Poster Presentations with 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

Microbial & Disease Ecology: 304-306

Ecosystem & Landscape Ecology: 308-310

Ecological Modeling, GIS, and Remote Sensing: 312

10:00 – 10:30 am – Coffee Break
LSC Ballrooms

10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Oral Presentations Session 2

Fish & Wildlife Ecology: 304-306

Disturbance & Restoration Ecology: 308-310

Global Change & Conservation Biology: 312

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

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Oral Presentations Session 3

Evolutionary & Behavioral Ecology: 304-306

Forest and Rangeland Management: 308-310

SES & JEDI: 312

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Keynote Address: Broadening our approach to find community-driven solutions to environmental challenges
Dr. Danielle Ignace
LSC Ballroom B – D

4:00 – 6:00 pm – Closing Remarks and Awards
with Happy Hour
LSC Ballroom B – D

Detailed schedules for oral and poster presentations will be announced February 8th, 2023.

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