Workshops

Please note all times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)-

(CLOSED) WORKSHOP I – ACQUIRING, ANALYZING, AND DISSEMINATING CT DATA

  • Date: Monday, June 14th
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Virtual Conference Platform
  • Instructor: Ed Stanley
  • Cost per person: Free w/Registration
  • Minimum Attendance: TBD
  • Maximum Attendance: 20

This workshop will serve the Mammalogy research community by 1) introducing and familiarizing attendees with the oVert Thematic collections network, 2) demonstrating how to search for and acquire CT data through Morphosource.org and 3) provide hands-on training with a number of post-processing softwares. The oVert project is an NSF funded enterprise that aims to create and disseminate CT scan data of nearly every vertebrate genus. This data is available online in the form of tomogram (CT cross-section) stacks and derivatives. Workshop attendees will use their own computers to set up Morphosource account, download CT datasets, and extract 3D skeletal structures from the datasets using one of several different software packages (including VolumeGraphics VGStudioMax and the open-source 3D slicer). Organizer: oVert TCN.


(CLOSED) WORKSHOP II – WILDLIFE INSIGHTS: A NEW PLATFORM TO AUTOMATE AND ANALYZE CAMERA TRAP BIG DATA FOR CONSERVATION

  • Date: Monday, June 14th
  • Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm (EDT)
  • Location: Virtual Conference Platform
  • Instructors: Roland Kays, William McShea, and Stephanie Schuttler
  • Cost per person: Free w/Registration
  • Minimum Attendance: TBD
  • Maximum Attendance: 30

Wildlife Insights aims to be the most comprehensive wildlife monitoring platform, providing the world’s largest open camera trap database and access to the latest tools in conservation technology. Most researchers using camera traps are currently overwhelmed and burdened by the task of managing large volumes of camera trap data. Digital camera traps provide a wealth of information with as many as thousands of wildlife detections from a single deployment. Wildlife Insights makes uploading and managing camera traps images easy for researchers to use and the results accessible for the public to understand. Camera trap scientists upload photos to a central repository and cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology sorts through photos helping researchers automatically identify species and separate blank photos from wildlife detections. With more people contributing to the Wildlife Insights platform, more data are shared, providing more power to scientists, local communities, governments, and stakeholders to work together in monitoring wildlife populations, detecting declines, and understanding species ranges. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how anyone can utilize Wildlife Insights to improve camera trap data management, wildlife research and wildlife monitoring efforts. Organizer: William McShea.


WORKSHOP III – COURSE-BASED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES (CUREs): EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR IMPLEMENTING MAMMALOGY CUREs INTO THE UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM

  • Date: Monday, June 14th
  • Time: 5:00 to 7:00 pm (EDT)
  • Location: Virtual Conference Platform
  • Instructors: Patrice Connors, Laurie Dizney, Jennifer Duggan, Liesl Erb, Liz Flaherty, John Hanson, Hayley Lanier, Johanna Varner, and Christopher Yahnke
  • Cost per person: Free w/Registration
  • Minimum Attendance: TBD
  • Maximum Attendance: None

Research opportunities are critical occasions for undergraduate students to experience the scientific process, develop technical skills and workforce readiness, and evaluate career decisions. However, extracurricular opportunities to work in a lab typically benefit select, well-prepared students and often reinforce structural inequalities that discourage students from underrepresented minorities. In contrast, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are becoming a common way to introduce more students to research because they engage all students enrolled in a course in an authentic experience. Despite growing recognition of the importance of providing such opportunities, many instructors may find developing and implementing CUREs in their own classes to be challenging due to lack of institutional support, class size limitations, or the need to balance other teaching and research obligations.To address these challenges, we have developed a series of four CURE modules to investigate different aspects of the behavioral ecology of sciurid rodents and successfully implemented these CUREs in our own courses. Organizers: Hayley Lanier and Johanna Varner.


WORKSHOP IV – 1-ON-1 MENTORING WORKSHOP – NETWORKING FOR SUCCESS IN MAMMALOGY

  • Date: Session 1 – Monday, June 14th; Session 2 – Wednesday, June 16th
  • Time: Session 1 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm (EDT); Session 2 – 4:30 to 5:30 pm (UTC)
  • Location: Virtual Conference Platform
  • Instructors: Kayce Bell & Corey Welch
  • Cost per person: Free w/Registration
  • Minimum Attendance: TBD
  • Maximum Attendance: 100 mentees (potential mentors also need to register)

Using a student pre-conference questionnaire, we will match undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students with individual Mammalogists (PhDs) to develop a strategic plan for their career goals. Selected applicants will get a skills assessment, advising, and develop a plan to reach their academic, research, and professional goals. A selected group of 50-100 students will be matched by career interest with an ASM Mentor to participate in a modified Individualized Development Plan (IDP). Session goals are to: 1) deliver a hands-on, interactive progress assessment of students’ intended career goals and readiness, 2) a skills assessment to identify gaps in training, 3) strategic planning of short-term and long-term goals, and 4) have a broader understanding of the science career pathways. Organizers: Corey Welch and Kayce Bell.


(CLOSED) WORKSHOP V – TURNING SOUND INTO SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES

  • Date: Monday, June 14th
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: Virtual Conference Platform
  • Instructor: Dave Roberts & Ali Durnago
  • Cost per person: Free w/Registration
  • Minimum Attendance: TBD
  • Maximum Attendance: TBD

Are you interested in behavior studies or biodiversity monitoring? Are you looking to inform species conservation or Environmental Impact Statements? Acoustic recorders provide a non-invasive and cost-effective technique to access ecosystems in your study site. This workshop will highlight Wildlife Acoustic recorders used for monitoring sounds as low as elephant calls to rodent vocalizations to bat’s echo-locating. A look into our software package, Kaleidoscope Pro, will introduce you to important features for sound analysis such as clustering, bat auto identification and soundscape analysis. If you are interested in playing along, we recommend you download Kaleidoscope software at https://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/account/downloads/kaleidoscope. Organizers: Wildlife Acoustics, Inc.