Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Committee has put together a diverse suite of courses for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The courses cover a variety of topics, ranging from ArcGIS, side-scan sonar mapping, MesoHABSIM, river morphology and habitat restoration to leadership skills and new media for fisheries science. When you register for the annual meeting, consider taking one or more of these courses, all of which will help increase your professionalism, perspective, and skill set when you return to your job.

Please submit Continuing Education Registration materials and payments by Friday, June 20, 2014 to help prevent course cancellations. Registrations after Friday, June 20, 2014, must be done in person at the conference.

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS IN AFS
Steve L. McMullin, Virginia Tech; smcmulli@vt.edu
This course is designed for new and emerging leaders in AFS; it addresses the need to better understand how AFS functions, the roles of unit leaders in AFS, and how to be an effective leader in an all-volunteer organization such as AFS.

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE GIS FOR FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS
Joanna Whittier, University of Missouri; whittierJ@missouri.edu
This course will provide an overview of beginning/intermediate GIS skills for fisheries biologists using ArcGIS, including use of existing data, creating your own data, and review of fundamental concepts for GIS.

ADVANCED GIS FOR FISHERIES BIOLOGISTS
Joanna Whittier, University of Missouri; whittierJ@missouri.edu
Building on the ‘Beginning/Intermediate GIS for Fisheries Biologists’ course, this course will focus on geoprocessing, interpolation, and spatial analysis methods to aid in fisheries monitoring and research (CANCELLED).

MAPPING AQUATIC HABITAT OF INLAND FRESHWATER SYSTEMS USING SIDE-SCAN SONAR
Thom Litts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Thom.litts@dnr.state.ga.us
This course is an introduction to using the inexpensive Humminbird® Side Imaging system to map and quantify benthic habitats at the landscape scale.  The course includes a practical session covering techniques for geoprocessing sonar imagery and map development within ArcGIS 9.x (CANCELLED).

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING IN R FOR FISHERIES SCIENTISTS
James
Bence, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State Universitybence@msu.edu
Travis Brenden
, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University; brenden@msu.edu
This course will introduce the basics of R programming, using a command-line interface and examples from fisheries research.  R is a powerful open-source mathematical and statistical software program gaining popularity in the fisheries and ecological sciences.

INTRODUCTION TO INSTREAM HABITAT MODELING USING MesoHABSIM
Piotr Parasiewicz, Rushing Rivers Institute; riverpiotr@gmail.com
This one and a half day course including field trip to a nearby stream, will serve as an introduction to modeling instream habitat using the MesoHABSIM approach, and associated SimStream software, and how this groundbreaking method in instream habitat modeling can be applied to river restoration and management( CANCELLED).

RIVER MORPHOLOGY AND RESTORATION
Jim Gracie, Brightwater, Inc.; jgracie@brightwaterinc.com
This two-day course covers general principles of river morphology, classification systems, hydrology and hydraulics, stream stability, natural channel restoration approaches and a description of stabilization devices, habitat improvement devices and performance monitoring.  The material is presented with real life examples and includes extensive class participation and problem solving (CANCELLED).

NEW MEDIA FOR FISHERIES SCIENCE
Beth Beard, AFS Digital Content/Engagement; bbeard@fisheries.org
Participants in this course will be able to build a simple WordPress website, compatible with the main AFS website, learn how to create and post content to this website, and integrate website content with email newsletter content, as well as social media posts. Participants will also learn various social media tools and discover how to select and use networking tools most appropriate for a given situation.

For more information about the CE Program, please contact Kathryn Winkler, AFS Continuing Education Coordinator: kwinkler@fisheries.org.