Short Courses

Looking forward to seeing you at our 2020 Symposium.

If you have any short course ideas for the next symposium please email them to to help us prepare.

Symposium Tuesday February 4th - Thursday February 6th

Short Courses Monday February 3th

Field Trip Friday February 7th

Interested in what we have done in the past? Check out the past symposia

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One half day and three full day short courses are being offered on Monday February 4, 2019.
(Lunch Provided)

Half Day CourseFull Day Courses

Speaking of Science - stepping out of the stereotype - 1:30-5:00

Speaking of Science – stepping out of the stereotype
Instructor: Janine Castro, Project Leader, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Scientists and engineers should not be condemned to dry, monotonous, and uninspired presentations, because science is not boring, and restoration should never be boring. Be daring and step out of the stereotype! Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Join me to learn a few simple techniques to dramatically improve your delivery. You will leave the workshop armed with useful skills to develop and deliver inspired presentations. Whether you are a seasoned speaker or a relative novice, this course is for you.

Course Objectives: If you would like to improve your public speaking skills, please join me for a half-day session on making your presentation interesting and effective, while also reducing your stress and actually enjoying the experience. Participants will leave the workshop with a greater skill set, including a comprehensive checklist, to develop and deliver presentations. Participants will also have the option to practice a presentation in class. The workshop is highly interactive and builds on the collective experience of the audience and the instructor.

Material to be covered:
• PLAN (months to weeks in advance)
• RESEARCH topic, audience, venue, organization, SIZE, LENGTH
• Plan BEFORE PowerPoint
• DESIGN (months to weeks in advance)
• Write an OUTLINE
• Title – short and memorable
• Main points
• Final Sentence
• Prepare your audiovisuals – lose the jargon
• PRACTICE (weeks to days in advance)
• Memorize your visuals, main points, final sentence
• Practice out load – to an audience if possible
• PREPARE (days to hours in advance)
• STOP working on PowerPoint
• Sleep and hydrate
• Wear something that is “quiet” and comfortable
• Find your moderator
• Tour the room – lights, sound, computer, timer, pointers, remote
• Audio & Visual – no name tag, no keys in your pocket, no clicking pens
• Voice
• Tone and volume – the verbal strobe light
• Inflection – avoid monotone
• Pace – slow down
• Pauses – the dramatic effect
• The Black Screen – or the “visual pause”
• BODY LANGUAGE and eye contact
• Props – books, cups, glasses, example materials, phone calls
• Stories
• Questions

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: 

Everyone…especially if you will be speaking at RRNW

Suggested Reading:

Instructor Bio:
Janine Castro, Ph.D., R.G.
Project Leader, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Janine Castro is the Project Leader for the Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (CRFWCO) in Vancouver, Washington. It is the mission of the CRFWCO to assist in determining the status of imperiled natural fish stocks, to evaluate management measures for recovery and assist in the recovery of these stocks, and to prevent future ESA listings. As the Project Leader, Janine provides leadership to a highly diverse technical staff that address a wide variety of fisheries issues, including: (1) fish passage and aquatic habitat restoration, (2) bull trout recovery and lamprey conservation, (3) marking and tagging of nearly 40 million hatchery fish annually to support tribal, recreational, and commercial mark-selective fisheries, (4) mark-recapture studies of wild fish to determine occupancy, distribution, abundance, trends, and population growth rates, and (5) providing analytical support to project design, evaluation, and information management.

Janine provides national and international training on stream restoration, river science, and public speaking for scientists. She has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service for 18 years and spent the preceding 10 years working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Janine is co-founder of Science Talk, one of the five founding members of River Restoration Northwest, adjunct faculty in the Environmental Sciences and Management Department at Portland State University, and the Technical Director for the PSU River Restoration Professional Certificate Program. She teaches a variety of short courses and workshops including Introduction to River Science and Public Speaking for Scientists.

Education: BS Geology and BA Geography, 1991, CSU Chico; MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Geomorphology, 1993, CSU Chico; PhD Geosciences, 1997, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Specialties: Aquatic Habitat Restoration, Geomorphology, Science Communication

Stage 0 Restoration: Planning, Design, Implementation and Appraisal - 9:00-5:00

Stage 0 Restoration: Planning, Design, Implementation and Appraisal

Instructors: Brian Cluer, Colin Thorne, Sue Niezgoda, and Paul Powers

Stage 0 has been recognized as an ecologically superior restoration goal for alluvial valleys with incised channels. This course will cover the most up-to-date theory and practice of Stage 0 restoration throughout the life cycle of a project, including the supporting science, planning where and under what conditions Stage 0 is a relevant goal that supports species recovery, methods of design and construction including examples ranging from nudging deposition processes to wholesale resetting of valleys. Examples will be from diverse ecoregions, will put Stage 0 in risk vs. performance context to established restoration practice, will address permitting concerns, and emerging post construction appraisal and monitoring methods. One method, resetting alluvial valleys to Stage 0 conditions, will be included as a class design exercise. However other less invasive methods for addressing incised channels will be presented.

Instructor Bios:

Jen O’Neal has been leading large-scale monitoring efforts in Washington, Oregon, and the Columbia Basin since 2004.  She is a Senior Fish Biologist at Natural Systems Design and a member of the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board Technical Review Panel.  Jen also serves as the principal investigator for the Multiple Before-After-Control-Impact Study for the Bonneville Power Administration’s Action Effectiveness Monitoring Program across the Columbia Basin.  Her recent publications include an examination of long-term programmatic monitoring in Washington and Oregon, and the Salmonid Field Protocols Handbook.

Jeremy Cram is a Research Scientist for Washington Department for Fish and Wildlife. Jeremy is currently involved with population-scale monitoring of ESA-listed salmonid populations as well as finer scale evaluations of habitat use and project effectiveness.   His work using PIT tags and other methods to inform life cycle model development has helped identify limiting life stages (population bottlenecks) for several species of salmonids in the Columbia Basin.

Andrew Hill is a Research Biologist with Eco Logical Research, and the lead field coordinator for the Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program in the Tucannon and Asotin Basins.  Andrew has been working to help develop and teach Columbia Habitat Monitoring Program protocols since 2011 and implements status and trend and effectiveness habitat monitoring and analysis in the Tucannon.

Soil Bioengineering for the Treatment of Eroding Streambanks and Steep and Unstable Slopes - 9:00-5:00

Soil Bioengineering for the Treatment of Eroding Streambanks and Steep and Unstable Slopes
Instructors: Chris Hoag and David Polster

Soil bioengineering is the use of living materials for the treatment of disturbed sites. Native pioneering species such as willows and poplars are used in soil bioengineering applications as these species will root from cuttings. In addition, these are the species that have been addressing streambank erosion for millions of years. By using pioneering species for these treatments soil bioengineering systems provide a long term solution to the problem site. Soil bioengineering systems can be used to manipulate the flow patterns in alluvial rivers to address erosion and inappropriate deposition problems. Soil bioengineering systems can also be used to deal with over-steepened slopes and soil slumps.

sUAS LiDAR & Imagery – How to collect it and what to do with all of the data - 9:00-5:00

sUAS LiDAR & Imagery – How to collect it and what to do with all of the data
Instructors: Erin Radford, Darrel Ramus, Ben Davis, and Susan Firor

The fusion of LiDAR and sUAS (drones) is driving a data revolution. LiDAR is no longer cost-prohibitive and the low-altitude capabilities of sUAS have drastically increased data density. Rugged, remote sites can be surveyed in exquisite detail in a fraction of the time. Learn best practices for collecting, processing, and effectively utilizing LiDAR data and aerial imagery for natural systems work.

Course Objectives:

The overarching objective is for participants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of rivers through learning and sharing knowledge with the anticipated skill transfer simply becoming more informed on how to assess the total abundance and spatial distribution of aquatic habitat from the site level to the river corridor scale. The goal is to satisfy that objective through an integrated four-pronged approach: (1) a review of contemporary ecological theory of rivers and why river habitat is the key element to understanding river restoration (2) a review of quantitative approaches to understanding the flow of water in rivers and how to measure it (3) a review of flow modeling and expanding estimates of aquatic habitat (4) an introduction to new advances in hydro-acoustic mapping of river habitat using Acoustic Doppler Profilers (ADP’s). We will summarize the class with a review of predicted change in flow for the Pacific Northwest rivers due to climate change and how that relates to what we learned. We expect the course to be more of a directed discussion with participants equally or more versed in many topics as the panel. Hence, a participant with local or traditional knowledge of aquatic habitat can inform the river theorists or modeler with equal value and vice versa.  We are proposing this short course on an extremely broad topic of rivers and expect to exchange an equally broad knowledge and information between participants and panel members. Hence, the anticipated skill transfer is to invigorate the quest to understand rivers from a broad systems ecology lens and thereby advance river restoration practice along a more holistic path.

Materials to be Covered:

Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites: 

This course is geared for a broad range of people who simply want to learn as much as possible about the many aspects of rivers and how that knowledge can help preserve healthy river systems as well as restore impaired rivers. Therefore, this course is intended to reach out to concerned citizens, fishing guides, river managers, environmental lawyers, natural resource economists-sociologists, aquatic ecologists, fluvial geomorphologist, hydrologists, and hydraulic engineers.

Instructor Bios:

Dr. Lorang did his graduate work at Oregon State University in Oceanography with a focus on flow hydraulics and sediment transport on beaches and in rivers. Dr. Peter Klingeman was his major professor. Mark did his post doc at USC on boat wake erosion, then taught at the University of Oregon before settling in at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. His role as a research professor for the past 17 years at FLBS was providing the physical template for ecological work on rivers and lakes. During this time, Dr. Lorang pioneered the use of acoustic doppler profilers and remote sensing as applied to mapping aquatic habitat in rivers. He also worked with his colleagues at the University of Montana to develop a new graduate program in Systems Ecology. He retired from the University in May of 2016 and formed the company Freshwater Map with the goal of expanding these techniques to river restoration and optimizing environmental flow regulation.