Mechanistic approaches to modeling wildlife response to climate change

Symposium Organizers: Marta P. Lyons, Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center; Owen P. Mckenna, USGS Northern Prairie Research Center;  Olivia E. LeDee,U.S. Geological Survey Global change will lead to novel environments, non-analogous to current or recent climates, effective conservation planning will require robust modeling of wildlife responses to these future novel climatic conditions. Population, habitat, and distribution […]

Natural Resources Management and Conservation on Military Lands

Symposium   Organizers: Rick Spaulding, ManTech International Corp.; Rhys Evans, USAF Supported by: TWS Military Lands and Drone Working Groups The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Natural Resources Program supports the military’s testing and training mission by protecting its biological resources. The Natural Resources Program provides policy, guidance, and oversight for management of natural resources on […]

Navigating a Successful Career Path as a Wildlife Professional

Symposium Organizer: Lara Pacifici, North Carolina State University Whether you’re a current student, a recent graduate, or an early career professional, navigating the wildlife profession can be a daunting task. Common questions of students and new professionals include: What kinds of jobs should I be applying for? What resources exist to help secure those jobs? […]

Special Poster Session: GIS in Wildlife Ecology

Symposium Organizers: Jeff Jenness, Spring Stewardship Institute, Museum of Northern Arizona; Jenness Enterprises; Northern Arizona University Supported by: TWS Biological Diversity and Drone Working Groups GIS and spatial analysis is becoming more and more integral to wildlife management and research.  The field is mature enough to have produced powerful methods and tools, but young enough […]

Adaptation Through Collaboration: Integrating Genetics to Inform Wildlife Decisions

Symposium Organizers: Caitlin Ott-Conn, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Randy W. DeYoung, ; Cassandra Butterworth, ; Antoinette Piaggio, ; Lisette Waits, University of Idaho and National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs Supported by: TWS Molecular Ecology Working Group Genetic techniques to inform wildlife conservation and management continue to revolutionize our ability to monitor […]

Transforming to Interdisciplinary Wildlife Coexistence Management

Organizers: Suzanne Stone, The International Wildlife Coexistence Network; Louise Boronyak, The International Wildlife Coexistence Network We are living in a time when our actions are driving the loss of wildlife and wild places faster than any time in human existence. If we continue this path, many wildlife species, their diverse habitats, and ecological functions will […]

Difficult Disease Decisions: The Role of Value-Focused Thinking and Decision Analysis in Wildlife Disease Management

Symposium Organizers: Katrina E. Alger, USGS National Wildlife Health Center; Brittany Mosher, University of VermontSupported by: TWS Wildlife Diseases Working Group; TWS Biometrics Working Group Outbreaks of disease in wildlife populations can have far-reaching consequences for biodiversity, agricultural production, and human health. From a management standpoint, wildlife disease is often considered a “wicked” problem due […]

Understanding the Biological, Social, and Economic Aspects of Lead Ammunition on Wildlife Populations and Wildlife Management.

Symposium Organizers: John McDonald, Westfield State University; Thomas Decker, USFWSSupported by: Hunting, Trapping, and Conservation Working Group; Wildlife Damage Management Working Group; Wildlife Disease Working Group; Wildlife Toxicology Working Group The toxic effects of lead in the environment are well known and in recent decades wildlife scientists have developed an understanding of those effects on […]

Drone Applications for Wildlife Research, Management, and Conservation

Symposium Organizers: Rick Spaulding, ManTech International Corp.; David Bird, McGill University Supported by: TWS Drone, Military Lands and Spatial Ecology & Telemetry Working Groups Wildlife biologists are relying on an ever-increasing suite of tools to answer questions and solve problems related to wildlife ecology, management, and conservation. The use of unoccupied aerial vehicles, UAVs or […]

Wildfire and Prescribed Fire Effects on Biodiversity in US Forests: 2021

Symposium Organizers: Angela White, USDA Forest Service; Brice Hanberry, USDA Forest Service; Cathryn Greenberg, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research StationSupported by: USDA Forest Service Research and Development Due to great interest, we are continuing to explore fire effects on wildlife and biodiversity for 2021 to extend the symposium from 2020 with a new roster of […]