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Plenary Speakers & Featured Morning Sessions

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Morning Featured Session: Waterfowl Legacies: Pioneering Diplomacy, Science, and Management: Celebrating 100 Years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and looking toward the future. Jerry Serie and Bob Blohm
Organizer: David Trauger

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Plenary Speakers 2: Jerome R. Serie, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Retired) and Robert J Blohm, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Retired): Migratory Bird Treaty, 100 years 1916 - 2016: History, Diplomacy, and Legacy

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Jerry Serie, retired, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Jerry is a native of Minnesota where he acquired his passion for hunting, fishing, and trapping at an early age.  He has a MS degree in Zoology from North Dakota State University and a BS in Biology from St. Cloud State University, MN. 

Jerry began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Research Biologist studying the breeding biology and migration ecology of the canvasback at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND, from 1971 to 1983.  In 1984, he moved to the east coast to serve as the Atlantic Flyway Representative with the Division of Migratory Bird Management, Laurel, MD.  In this position he provided liaison between the Service and the Atlantic Flyway Council regarding migratory bird management and research.   He actively promoted the development of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and specifically the Black Duck Joint Venture. 

Jerry retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist in 2007 with 35 years of service working on migratory birds.  He currently resides in Easton, MD, where he continues an active outdoor life, including hunting, training retrievers, and a new challenge of landscape painting.


Bob Blohm,  retired, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bob Blohm has had a longstanding interest in migratory birds, particularly waterfowl, after growing up along Saginaw Bay in the State of Michigan.  He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, studying the breeding ecology of the Gadwall in southern Manitoba. 

Following graduate work, he was hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a staff biologist in the Office of Migratory Bird Management, in Laurel, Maryland.  Bob remained in the Office (now Division) of Migratory Bird Management for his entire career and served in numerous capacities, including Chief of the Division of Migratory Bird Management.  He retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on December 31, 2010, after working nearly 32 years in the field of migratory bird management.  Since retiring, Bob has thoroughly enjoyed the daily challenges of trying to keep up with his ever-growing "bucket list" of things he wants to do.



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Featured Morning Session: Strengthening the Links Between Waterfowl Research and Management

Organizer: Tony Roberts

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Featured Morning Session: Integrated Population Models to Inform Waterfowl Ecology and Conservation

Organizers: Todd Arnold and David Koons

Plenary Speaker 1: Robert Clark, Environment Canada

Plenary Speaker 2: Michael Schaub, Inference about population processes by combining counts and demographic data using integrated population models

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Bob Clark is a Research Scientist with Environment Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Bob has worked at the interface of waterfowl ecology and management for more than 25 years, studying demography, habitat selection and life-histories of diverse duck species, and integrating relevant information about their ecology into large-scale management programs. Recently, Bob’s research group has been focusing on factors influencing the demography and management of species of conservation concern in N.A., particularly northern pintail and lesser scaup, and on problems ranging from discerning fine-scale effects of individual physiology on components of fitness to assessing large-scale impacts of climate variability on population dynamics.



Michael Schaub

Michael Schaub

Michael's talk is "Inference about population processes by combining counts and demographic data using integrated population models”. Michael is a Research Scientist and head of the ecology department at the Swiss Ornithological Institute (Die Schweizerische Vogelwarte) in Sempach, Switzerland. Michael has worked at the interface between avian ecology and conservation for 20 years studying migration, farmland bird-habitat associations, conservation, dispersal, life history trade-offs, capture-recapture methods, population dynamics, and Bayesian inference. Michael has also been at the forefront of developing ‘integrated population models’ to address ecological questions and conservation problems. Recently, Marc Kéry and Michael co-authored the book entitled “Bayesian population analysis using WinBUGS: A hierarchical perspective.” This book, and their series of workshops providing hands-on teachings from the book, have revolutionized the practice of Bayesian demographic methods by ecologists and wildlife biologists across the globe.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Featured Morning Session: Implementing the 2012 NAWMP Revisions: Management Decisions to Integrate Multiple Objectives at Varying Time Scales

Organizer: Dale Humburg

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