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One half day and three full day short courses are being offered on Monday February 4, 2019.
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
• 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
Target Audience and Recommended Prerequisites:
Everyone…especially if you will be speaking at RRNW
Suggested Reading: http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/ToolsForLandowners/RiverScience/SciCommunication.asp
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
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.
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
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.