2018 Conference Schedule
Show off your science during the morning academic sessions, then join us for an afternoon workshop. Official workshops will include exploring the mountains around Canmore and:
- Hiking around Banff National Park
- Using multimedia and inforgraphics to Communicate your Science (http://www.fuseconsulting.ca/scicom/)
- R-Workshop: High quality figures increase chance of high impact journals
- A photography workshop
We are excited to have Sarah Elmeligi as our 2018 keynote speaker! Sarah is a dynamic speaker and will talk about her experience conducting interdisciplinary research on a threatened species in Alberta, and how that approach influences public engagement, policy development, outreach, and citizen science initiatives.
- Sarah Elmeligi completed her PhD through Central Queensland University in Australia. Although based "Down Under", her thesis focused on the relationship between grizzly bears and hikers in the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Sarah examined how grizzly bears navigate the landscape around hikers and what management options hikers are most supportive of to protect grizzly bear habitat. Previously, Sarah completed a Master of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. Her thesis investigated the impacts of bear-viewing tourism on grizzly bear behaviour and visitor satisfaction/perceptions of impact. This research experience combined with her Bachelor of Science degree, zoology major, from the University of Alberta has provided Sarah with an intimate understanding of ecosystem ecology from theory and research methods/results to applicable and adaptive management options. She has extensive experience in science interpretation; from program development and delivery to visitor centre design and construction. Between her Masters and PhD, Sarah worked in the environmental non-profit sector in Alberta- first with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, and then with the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Working with Y2Y and CPAWS increased her understanding of large landscapes and the necessary programs to connect them, as well as introducing her to the political and policy processes behind land use planning and decision making. She is passionate about Alberta’s wild places and exploring the world’s wilderness with her backpack, hiking boots, and family. For more information, check out Sarah's blog: www.grizzlyresearchrockies.wordpress.com.