Agenda for the aquatic biomonitoring network forum 2014

Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Science Forum
Edmonton, Alberta, February 28 - March 1, 2017


Tuesday February 28, 2017

Session 1: Plenary

  • 8:30        Welcome/Introduction – Garry Scrimgeour (Alberta Environment and Parks AEP), Michelle Hiltz (InnoTech Alberta), Laura Maclean (Environment and Climate Change Canada ECCC)
  • 8:45        The Once and Future Reference Condition - Trefor Reynoldson (GHOST Consulting)
  • 9:30        Assessment of Biological Condition: Lower Athabasca River Tributaries and Mainstem – Robert Brua (ECCC)
  • 10:15     Break (30 min)

Session 2: CABIN overview and national perspective

  • 10:45     CABIN: An overview and national perspective - Stephanie Strachan (ECCC)
  • 11:00     A Demonstration of the CABIN Online Tools: Saving time…and your data – Tim Pascoe (ECCC)
  • 11:15     CABIN Bioassessment model development and evaluation: current framework and future directions- Lee Grapentine (ECCC)
  • 11:30     Interactive Discussion (30 min)                                 

12:00     Lunch Break (90 min)     

Session 3: Biomonitoring in Natural Resources Sector   

  • 13:30     The use of CABIN to establish baseline environmental conditions in Ontario’s Far North: A case study  - Nicole Novodvorsky (Laurentian University)
  • 13:45     The use of CABIN to establish baseline condition and assess the effects of Shale Gas extraction in northeast BC - Stephanie Strachan (ECCC)
  • 14:00     Patterns of Stream Invertebrate Communities in Reference Areas within the Alberta Oil Sands Region - Nancy Glozier (ECCC)
  • 14:15     Applying the Reference Condition Approach for Monitoring Reclamation Areas in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region – Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor)
  • 14:30     Interactive Discussion (15 min)                                 
  • 14:45     Break (30 min)  

Session 4: Large Scale Applications of CABIN

  • 15:15     Application of province wide CABIN monitoring by British Columbia Ministry of Environment - Jolene Raggett (BC Ministry of Environment)
  • 15:30     CABIN monitoring in National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia for monitoring ecological integrity and management effectiveness - Shelley Humphries (Parks Canada)
  • 15:45     Towards using CABIN for decision making in the NWT - Julian Kanigan (NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program)
  • 16:00     WWF-Canada Watershed Reports: Creating a National Assessment of the Health of and Threats to Canada’s Rivers - Catherine Paquette (World Wildlife Fund)
  • 16:15     Interactive Discussion (15 min)
  • 16:30     Adjourn for the day & informal gathering at LOCAL Public Eatery, South Edmonton Common, 1820 99 St NW, Edmonton               

Wednesday March 1, 2017

  • 8:45        Welcome/Introduction Day 2 and review of Day 1

Session 5: CABIN User applications

  • 9:00        CABIN in a First Nations Natural Resource Context:  Building Capacity for Stream Assessment in Unama'ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia - Emma Garden (Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources)
  • 9:15        A Citizen Science Approach to CABIN: Case Studies in the Columbia and Athabasca Watersheds - Heather Leschied (Living Lakes)/ Donna Mendelsohn (Upper Athabasca Community Based Monitoring)
  • 9:30        The Impacts of Recent Wildfires on Northern Stream Communities - Caitlin Garner (Brock University)
  • 9:45        CABIN Training and Sampling with communities to address specific local concerns – Examples from Hay River Area - Nancy Glozier (ECCC)
  • 10:00     Interactive Discussion (15 min)                                 
  • 10:15     Break (30 min)

Session 6: Biomonitoring in the Prairies              

  • 10:45     Backwater Buggin’ for Healthy Waterways in Manitoba - Dorthea Gregoire (Seine-Rat River Conservation District)
  • 11:00     Saskatchewan Condition Assessment of Lotic Ecosystems: a multivariate tool for assessing the integrity of Northern Great Plains rivers and streams - Iain Phillips (University of Saskatchewan)
  • 11:15     Prairie Stream Bioassessment: Going Beyond Bugs - Adam Yates (University of Western Ontario)/Bob Brua (ECCC)
  • 11:30     Deriving Nutrient Objectives for Agricultural Streams in Alberta using Algal Bioassessments - Greg Piorkowski (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry)
  • 11:45     Interactive Discussion (15 min)

12:00     Lunch Break (90 min)

Session 7: Future considerations for CABIN

  • 13:30     GIS in CABIN: Applications and Considerations  - Adam Yates (University of Western Ontario)
  • 13:45     CABIN and DNA-based biomonitoring: are we there yet? - Donald Baird (ECCC)
  • 14:00     Untangling food webs using DNA and text-mining: New tools for biomonitoring? - Zacchaeus Compson (University of New Brunswick)
  • 14:15     Interactive Discussion (30 min)

14:45     Break (30 min)

Session 8: Operational considerations  

  • 15:15     Implications of whirling disease to in-stream work - Fonya Irvine (Parks)
  • 15:30     Habitat-specific effects of taxonomic sufficiency on detecting environmental change in larger rivers - Bob Brua (ECCC)
  • 15:45     CABIN Does Wetlands: Status and application of a rapid biomonitoring protocol for Canada's weedy waters - Colin Curry (UNB)
  • 16:00     CABIN – Embracing Innovation: How Far and How Fast? - Laura Maclean (ECCC)
  • 16:15     Interactive Discussion / Wrap Up (30 min)       
  • 16:45     Adjourn
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