Dr. Carl Schreck
Oregon State University
Haruspication and Fish Biology: Why We Do It Well and Why We Don’t
Dr. Carl Schreck is the leader of the Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Schreck will discuss why doing relevant research on fisheries biology is exceptionally difficult and making appropriate management decisions is even more difficult. He will use examples from his own research to support these contentions. Difficulties include the fact that in general there are no biological laws, as opposed to the physical sciences that are grounded on laws. For numerous reasons, we often do not ask the right questions.
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Dr. Pat Sullivan
Actionable Scholarship: Advocacy, Advice, or Just Normal Science
Dr. Patrick J. Sullivan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Sullivan will discuss why processes and motivations involved in doing good research and providing sound scientific advice often appear to be at odds with one another. Why, for example, do we still struggle with the notion that basic research is somehow better than applied? When does advice slip into advocacy? Are politics and science really like oil and water? A little reflection might help us highlight the commonalities and differences and consequently allow us to do a better job of doing both.
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Fisheries Biologist, Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resources, Lapwai, Idaho, and Professional Photographer
A Thousand Words: The Use of Images to Accelerate Understanding
Mary Edwards is a professional photographer and also works as a biologist for the Nez Perce Tribe. “After 10 years of photographing salmon underwater, I was fortunate enough to capture the ‘Moment.’ My greatest source of inspiration is drawn from the natural world and from those life perspectives that at first glance appear quite ordinary but upon closer examination are quite extraordinary.”
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