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Monday, November 14, 2016

This Week

This Week 


Tuesday 11/15
11:00am Warnell Melting Potluck & Poster Session: learn about international scholarship at Warnell and enjoy cultural dishes

Wednesday 11/16
9:00am Pro-Caffeination Hour: Financial Planning in Graduate School in 4-132

Thursday 11/17
4:00pm Warnell Seminar by Dr. Cassandra Johnson Gaither in 1-304
6:00pm AFS Meeting with guest speaker Dr. Brian Irwin and pizza in 1-304

Monday, October 31, 2016

This Week

THIS WEEK:

Tuesday 11/1
4:00pm ECOLOGY SEMINAR: Diversity and Function of the Gut Microbiota in Mosquitoes by Dr. Mike Strand in the Ecology Auditorium

Wednesday 11/2
9:00am Pro-caffeination Hour: Using Social Media to Communicate Research and Network Professionally by Dr. Suzanne Birch (@suzie_birch) in 4-132 [for those of you who cannot make it; we will be livestreaming via https://zoom.us/j/789833425 and will have a recording available afterward as well]
1:25pm CONSERVATION SEMINAR: Overexploitation of fruit-eating fishes disrupts seed dispersal
in vast Neotropical wetlands by Dr. Jill Anderson in the Ecology Auditorium

Thursday 11/3
4:00pm Warnell Seminar: Sucrose transporters: Orchestrators of carbon use for chemical defense and organ growth in Populus by Dr. Scott Harding in 1-304

Friday 11/4
4:00pm EDGE Seminar Series - Sara Heisel in 117 Ecology Seminar Room

Sunday 11/6
2:00am Daylight savings time ends; set your clocks BACK one hour on Saturday to avoid confusion

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This Week

This Week:

Tuesday 10/11
4:00pm Ecology Seminar: One and the same? Intra-specific variability drives large-scale phytoplankton population dynamics by Dr. Elizabeth Harvey in the Ecology Auditorium
5:30pm NRRT Scoiety Welcomes Dr. Woosnam with dinner at Ted's Most Best (dinner on NRRT society if you've paid your dues, but everyone welcome).

Wednesday 10/12
9:00am Pro-caffeination Hour: Dr. Mark McConnell discusses Private Landowners and Conservation in 4-132
1:25pm Conservation Seminar: Pollinator stressors: What’s really at stake? by Dr. Keith Delaplane in the Ecology Auditorium

Thursday 10/13
3:30pm Graduate Portfolio in Community Engagement Information Session in the Fanning Training Room, JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, 1240 S. Lumpkin St. (Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2016SLWorkshops)
4:00pm Warnell Seminar: Dr. Jamie Roberts; topic TBA, in 4-301

Saturday 10/15
8:45am Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunity (see more information in announcements below) at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Other Announcements/Upcoming Events
Tree Planting Volunteer Opportunity October 15:
On October 15, we will be planting trees at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve as part of a city-wide effort to care for local trees.Only twenty minutes away from downtown Atlanta, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve boasts almost 30 acres of preserved and restored wetlands. This greenspace provides essential habitats for local biodiversity while also cleaning polluted stormwater before it enters our local creeks and streams.  Because of the abundance of food and shelter this wetland provides, guests are likely to see a variety of beavers, birds and butterflies.Help us care for this local treasure by coming out to plant trees at the Preserve. Volunteers should wear waterproof closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and bug spray as needed.  We’ll be working in muddy areas, so please wear old/outdoor work clothes. Meet at the community garden at 8:45 for a lesson on tree planting and basic tree care. We will finish at noon. This event is being hosted in partnership with Trees Atlanta as a part of a larger event called Plantlanta, that includes planting in all 12 Atlanta city council districts in one day! Also the Preserve’s Open House, volunteers will get a chance to learn more about important efforts, such as how they are working to increasing native tree species diversity and replacing some recently lost trees.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Age Restrictions: 16 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
Supplies Needed: Water, long sleeve work shirt, long pants, closed shoes (clothes you don’t mind getting wet)
Restrooms: There are no restrooms readily available at this clean-up.
BYO picnic, gloves, water.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact tncgeorgia@tnc.org or call 404-253-7255.

Monday, October 3, 2016

This week:



Monday 10/3
Reminder: send an email to Tara (taragc@uga.edu) to let her know if you're interested in participating in a potluck and poster session as part of International Education Week

Tuesday 10/4
4:00pm ECOLOGY SEMINAR: Climate change, fluctuating selection and eco-evolutionary dynamics by Dr. Carlos Botero from Washington University in the Ecology Auditorium
7:00pm Johnstone Lecture by Dr. Mark Risse at the State Botanical Garden. Free but reservations required (706-542-6156).
Mark Risse, who holds the Georgia Power Professor of Water Policy at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute, will speak about his experience studying groundwater and sea level rise throughout Georgia, as well as his work with students, government officials, farmers and fishermen about water resource management and the opportunities that sustainable growth presents.

Wednesday 10/5
9:00am Pro-caffeination Hour in 4-132; topic potentially TBA, or simply social gathering.
1:25pm CONSERVATION SEMINAR: Oceans in Peril: From oil spills to overfishing to climate change by Dr. Samantha "Mandy" Joye in the Ecology Auditorium

Thursday 10/6
12:00pm FOOD, AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR in the Tate Student Center Grand Hall. 
4:00pm Warnell Seminar: speaker and topic TBA in 1-304.

Other announcements / Upcoming Events of Interest:

Sustainability + Arts Grant
Pre-proposal deadline (optional): October 14, 2016Final proposal deadline: November 14, 2016http://sustainability.uga.edu/get-involved/students/sustainability_grants/ICE and the Office of Sustainability invite you to apply for a Sustainability + Arts grant in conjunction with the 2016-2017 UGA Campus Sustainability Grants program. Special consideration will be given to projects incorporating sustainability + arts.Drawn from the Student Green Fee, grants up to $5,000 are available to current UGA students who wish to initiate projects to advance sustainability through education, research, service, and campus operations. Successful projects will address priorities outlined in UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan to actively conserve resources, educate the campus community, influence positive action for people and the environment, and provide useful research data to inform future campus sustainability efforts. Interdisciplinary projects designed to inspire, beautify and uplift—as well as to inform and conserve—are encouraged. Grants are awarded based on merit, positive impact, implementation feasibility, and available funding.The Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates, and advances sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service and outreach, student engagement, and campus operations. For more information visit sustainability.uga.edu.

The Nature Conservancy and Trees Atlanta Tree Planting Event on 10/15 (details below):
On October 15, we will be planting trees at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve as part of a city-wide effort to care for local trees. Only twenty minutes away from downtown Atlanta, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve boasts almost 30 acres of preserved and restored wetlands. This greenspace provides essential habitats for local biodiversity while also cleaning polluted stormwater before it enters our local creeks and streams.  Because of the abundance of food and shelter this wetland provides, guests are likely to see a variety of beavers, birds and butterflies. Help us care for this local treasure by coming out to plant trees at the Preserve. Volunteers should wear waterproof closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and bug spray as needed.  We’ll be working in muddy areas, so please wear old/outdoor work clothes. Meet at the community garden at 8:45 for a lesson on tree planting and basic tree care. We will finish at noon. This event is being hosted in partnership with Trees Atlanta as a part of a larger event called Plantlanta, that includes planting in all 12 Atlanta city council districts in one day! Also the Preserve’s Open House, volunteers will get a chance to learn more about important efforts, such as how they are working to increasing native tree species diversity and replacing some recently lost trees.Difficulty Level: ModerateAge Restrictions: 16 and up (under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)Supplies Needed: Water, long sleeve work shirt, long pants, closed shoes (clothes you don’t mind getting wet)Restrooms: There are no restrooms readily available at this clean-up. BYO picnic, gloves, water.To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact tncgeorgia@tnc.org or call 404-253-7255.
 Reminder: please email me (hmwritger@uga.edu) with any announcements you'd like included in the bulletin.



Monday, September 19, 2016

This week:


Monday 9/19

4:30pm Careers in Life Sciences Networking and Panel Event at UGA Riverbend South Research Laboratories (register and details HERE). 


Tuesday 9/20

4:00pm ECOLOGY SEMINAR: River food webs: An integrative approach to bottom-up flow webs, top-down impact webs, and trophic position by Dr. Art. Benke in the Ecology Auditorium

6:00pm Forestry Club meeting in 1-304 with Drax Biomass. Food provided.


Wednesday 9/21

9:00am Pro-caffeination hour: “Lightning Round” student collaboration ideas in 4-132

12:30pm Women in Science (WiSci) “Brown Bag” lunch discussion in 4-132

1:25pm CONSERVATION SEMINAR: Conservation science and opportunities in the U.S. Geological Survey by Dr. Mary Freeman in the Ecology Auditorium

4:00pm River Basin Center Third Wednesday Symposium. The River Basin Center is located at 203 D.W. Brooks Drive between the School of Ecology and Hardman Hall. 

4:00pm Leveraging genomics to improve staple crops by Jason Wallace. S175 Coverdell Building

6:30pm Forestry Club meeting in 1-304 with American Forest Management . Pizza provided.


Thursday 9/22

4:00pm Warnell Seminar: The Australian invasion: eucalypt pests and their biological control by Dr. Simon Lawson, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; refreshments at 3:30, in 1-304

6:30pm GPSA General Body Meeting; location TBD


Friday 9/23

4:00pm Butterflies, Corals, and the Future of Humankind: A Last Lecture by Dr. James Porter. University of Georgia Chapel. Reception: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm. UGA Administration Building


Lightning Round


This week's Procaffeination Hour is titled, "Lightning Round," where students can chat, share ideas, and reach out to potential collaborators. We will be meeting on Wednesday, Septemeber 21st from 9:00-10:00am in room 4-132, refreshments provided.

This is a great opportunity to start collaborating with your fellow Warnell graduate students. We'll give you 3-5 minutes to introduce an idea you have for a project and pitch it to fellow students. These ideas can be for side-projects that involve research outside of your thesis or dissertation or for community or campus engagement/improvement projects.

A few examples:

  • I really want to understand bark beetle population dynamics, but in terms of being able to use any of the existing models, I lack expertise and a lot of basic data on bark beetles has yet to be collected. So, next week I'll give a little more elaborate pitch to try to recruit some students who might be interested in writing a grant (bark beetle sampling is expensive) and working on a project together. 
  • Students from my Master's institution got a grant funded to install rain gardens on campus to improve stormwater management with green infrastructure. 

One of the best things about Warnell is its people (and a lot of them are grad students), so take advantage of your time here and build working relationships that can continue through your career. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Resource Selection Functions (part deux)

How do you evaluate habitat selection using resource selection functions (RSFs)? Wouldn’t it be great to have a step-by-step guide on how to create RSFs? If these are common thoughts then we invite you to attend next Friday’s Procaffeination Hour (April 15th) at 10:30 a.m. Drs. Joey Hinton and Andy Little will be giving a workshop on the “how-tos” of RSFs. Specifically, they will walk attendees through use vs. availability RSF analyses from the initial stage (raw spatial data in Excel) to developing predictive RSF surfaces. They will provide R code to assist with the step-by-step process to make it easier for you to follow even after the workshop is over. We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday!

Room: Dean's Conference Room from 10:30-11:30
Coffee and donuts will be provided.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Automating ArcGIS To Do Things Automatically

This week's Procaffeination Hour will be led by Tripp Lowe, discussing Automating ArcGIS To Do Things Automatically. We will be meeting in our new time slot on Friday, March 25th from 10:30-11:30 in room 4-301. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Please find a description of this workshop below. 

I'm sure y'all have GIS-related questions that relate to your research.  I would like to field questions first.  If you have any 'How do I do this?', or 'Is there an easy way to do that?', or 'My prof wants me to do <fill in the blank> and I have no idea of where/how to start.  Do you have any suggestions?' type questions, please feel free to ask – I'm sure you are not the only one struggling through that process.  I will try to work those questions into my presentation.


After a hopefully riveting discussion about your GIS tribulations, I would like to present several examples I've encountered where I used Python to automate repetitive tasks within the ArcGIS software, and if time permits, within a Python/GDAL environment.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Collecting Field Data on Mobile Devices

Please join us for this week's Procaffeination Hour for a discussion on collecting field data using mobile devices, led by Tom Prebyl. This will be our last Wednesday workshop - meeting Wednesday 3/16 from 10-11 in room 4-132.

With field seasons approaching for many of us I wanted to do a quick workshop to cover some mobile apps that can make recording field observations more efficient, reliable, and save you from hours of data entry.  I’m going to focus on Collector for ArcGIS and cover the steps needed to prepare it for use in the field without a data connection.  If you want to follow along in ArcGIS and on your preferred android or iOS device feel free to bring them.  For full use of the Collector app you will have to request a UGA ArcGIS online account; contact Geoffrey Garland ggarland@itos.uga.edu for more details on that.

Workshop Materials and Links to ArcGIS Collector 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

CV Critique - WGSA Workshop

Please join us on Wed. March 2nd for a CV/resume critique Procaffeination Hour, led by Alex Wright. We will meet in room 4-132 from 10:00-11:00, coffee and donuts will be provided.

**If you plan on attending, please bring four hard copies of your CV and a pen. Even if you don't want feedback, please bring it for others to see as an example. 

Our CV is one of the most important documents in our professional lives, yet we don't typically receive adequate, formal training on its creation and development in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Join us for the next Procaffeination Hour for an interactive (and hopefully productive!) session to achieve the following three objectives:
1) Reach group consensus on the Do's/Do Not's of CVs/Resumes & Identify available resources
2) Receive feedback on your CV/Resume from 3-4 of your peers
3) Practice giving good, constructive feedback (oral and written) to your peers

We'll achieve these objectives through three activities:
1) Group Discussion (10 - 15 mins)
2) Breakout groups (3-4 inds.) to review and edit CVs of individuals in other groups (20 - 30 mins)
3) Each group will orally present one of the CVs they reviewed as an example of their feedback process (10 - 15 mins)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

WGSA 2016-2017 Elections


WGSA 2016-2017 Elections

Election schedule
 Nomination period: Thursday, February 18 - Friday, February 26
 Voting (online): Monday, February 29 - Friday, March 4
 Winners announced: Monday, March 14
 New officers assume responsibilities of office: Monday, May 2

Election guidelines

To nominate yourself or someone else for one of the positions listed below, fill out the nomination form here. You may elect someone for more than one positon.
All nominees will be asked to accept/confirm their nomination prior to voting.

Each confirmed nominee will need to provide the following by Saturday, February 27:
-A picture of yourself, preferably a headshot
-A list of 3 reasons why you should be elected. These may be related to why you want the job, what you hope to do while you’re in office (i.e. your priority initiatives), or your relevant qualifications.
If you are running for more than one position, you should submit a list of 3 reasons for each position for which you are a candidate.

This is the first year we are requesting this information from each candidate. Our intention is to provide everyone voting with a little background information/context for evaluating the candidates (as opposed to just voting on people’s names), while keeping the requirements for candidates to a minimum.

Open positions
Core Officers:
WGSA President – Oversees association activities and coordinates with faculty/administration
(Currently: Tara Gancos Crawford, taragc@uga.edu)
-Provides vision for organizational growth, coordinates and delegates responsibilities for new initiatives and implementing ongoing and annual events and activities
-At times can require significant time investment; must be willing to step-up and fill in to get things done when other officers are unavailable, and requires a fair amount of public speaking
-Lots of opportunities to meet and collaborate with a variety of people from across the Warnell and UGA network
WGSA Vice President – Conducts/delegates exit interviews for graduating Warnell graduate students (Currently: Kristen Lear, klear@uga.edu)
-Serves as backup to the President to run meetings and events if the President cannot attend
-In charge of scheduling exit interviews for graduating Warnell graduate students, which is a great way to learn more about Warnell and meet people you never knew!
-This is a great way to be more involved in WGSA if you’re new or not ready to run for President, but you still want experience with helping run the organization!
WGSA Treasurer – Handles financial activities/responsibilities. This includes creating budgets, maintaining the private bank account, making purchases for WGSA events, record keeping, submitting audits and other financial documents as required for student organizations, and handling merchandise orders and sales, as well as being involved with the general running of
WGSA
(Currently: Adrian Parr Moore, amparr@uga.edu)
-Opportunity to serve and improve the Warnell graduate community o Provides increased interaction and communication with Warnell faculty, staff, and students; you get to know a lot of new people through this position.
-Great for practicing your organizational skills (i.e. you need to be organized to do this job well!).
WGSA Secretary - Manages WGSA email and archives, keeps track of participation points, assembles and distributes weekly bulletin, helps to conduct exit interviews, and manages WGSA website (currently, but website management will be handled by a dedicated person this upcoming year; see Website Coordinator position description, below)
(Currently: Abby Sterling, avsterl@uga.edu)
-Great way to get involved in all WGSA activities, including helping to shape the direction of WGSA programs and activities, and the annual symposium
-You will get a lot of experience with communicating to large groups through email; good skills for future career, and looks good on a CV or resume
-Can be fairly time consuming depending on what you want to accomplish as a group, but a great way to meet students, faculty and give back to the Warnell community

NEW core officer support positions:
To help reduce the workload for the core officers, and to improve the efficiency and efficacy of WGSA’s programs and activities, the current WGSA officers have come up with several new positions to fill for the coming year. These new positions will augment our existing manpower, helping ensure ongoing growth and success of our organization.
Website Coordinator
-The WGSA website is a valuable centralized place for finding WGSA information.
-The Coordinator will be responsible for updating the website/blog regarding important announcement, upcoming events, workshop materials, etc.
-Doesn’t require a lot of time (it’s relatively easy to update and maintain everything), but there is ample opportunity to invest in improving website functionality and responsiveness, if you’re interested
Podcast Coordinator (possibly same person as Website Coordinator)
-The podcasts are a unique opportunity to share the research being done at Warnell with a broader audience.
-This position requires contacting students/ faculty to discuss their research, recording and editing the audio file, and posting it online.
-Most interviews last about 10 minutes, but editing might require an hour or so depending on your skill/proficiency.
Fundraising Committee Chair
-Work with current President Tara Gancos Crawford to establish small grants program for Warnell graduate students.
-Activities will include helping with administrative details and logistics related to establishing new fundraising campaign, fundraising and coordinating fundraising volunteers, handling correspondence with donors and sponsors, etc.
Mentor Program Coordinator
-The coordinator contacts undergraduates and graduates at the beginning of each semester to inform students of the program details and to solicit interest
-Throughout the semester the applications must be reviewed, and pairing of undergraduates with graduate students is done through email
-Check in with participants at the middle and end of the semester for feedback and ideas for improvement
-This program has received very positive feedback and is an important contribution to Warnell. There is room for further program development and great potential for being a valuable long-term program.
-The time requirements are not substantial, but organization and attentiveness to timelines throughout the year are helpful for success.
Procaffeination Hour Coordinator
-Contacts Warnell graduate students at the beginning of each semester to determine a weekly meeting time and solicit input regarding PH activities and topics of interest for the WGSA workshop series
-Identifies and schedules individuals to lead weekly activities or workshops o Emails PH activity/workshop leaders a week in advance for a paragraph describing the workshop/activity, which then gets posted to the WGSA website
-Works with WGSA core and supporting officers to coordinate coffee and donut logistics each week
-This is a fulfilling position that requires engaging with many graduate students in Warnell about their research, and helps to boost CV content for those leading the workshops. Additionally, it is a valuable contribution to the Warnell graduate student community, and has received very positive feedback. It would be great if this could develop into a long-term program.
Diversity Committee Chair
-Help plan and implement activities for fostering greater diversity awareness and inclusivity within Warnell.

Warnell Graduate Student Representatives:
Member of the Honors and Awards Committee - Works in the month of February to decide which students in Warnell will receive scholarships.
Member of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee - The Teaching Effectiveness Committee works to improve and recognize instructional quality within Warnell, e.g. it coordinates the brown bag discussion series, offers course assessments to faculty, identifies instructional mentors for new faculty, and nominates faculty for university-wide teaching awards
Member of the Curriculum Committee - Oversees approval of all new courses and course changes in Warnell (voting done on-line). Considers proposals for undergraduate curriculum revisions and makes recommendations on them to the faculty before the faculty votes on adoption of revisions. Typically 2 hours a month, with the potential for more should the full committee decide to meet and discuss curriculum changes.
Member of the Graduate Affairs Committee - As the graduate representative this student works with a committee of Warnell faculty to award Warnell assistantships to incoming students. Also, if applicable, this student also considers proposals for graduate curriculum revisions and makes recommendations on them to the faculty before the faculty votes on adoption of revisions.
Member of the Seminar/Colloquium Committees - Assists in selection of speakers for the Warnell weekly seminar series and works closely with WGSA core officers to coordinate and host the Colloquium speaker (typically a well-known/influential natural resource professional) who gives the plenary address to initiate the annual Warnell Graduate Student Symposium.
Warnell University Council Student Representative ** This student serves as the student representative for Warnell on the University Council. Student must be able to attend monthly University Council meetings on Wednesday afternoons and serve on University Council committees as needed.
** NOTE: This position is open to graduate and undergraduate student nominees, and all Warnell graduate and undergraduate students will vote for the representative for our school. We are soliciting graduate student nominees as part of our WGSA election cycle, but the vote for this position will be done in a separate election organized by Katelyn Kivett.
If a graduate student is elected for this position, this student will also serve as the UGA Graduate Student Association Representative (see description, below).
UGA Graduate Student Association Representative *** Attends UGA Graduate Student Association (GSA) meetings (normally on Monday evenings) on behalf of the Warnell community, keeps the Warnell graduate community informed of events sponsored by the GSA and the Graduate School, and communicates student concerns to the GSA and University Council Representatives to facilitate advocacy on their behalf to the UGA and Graduate School administration.
o Requires attending monthly meetings and reporting back to the WGSA officers and/or the Warnell student body regarding any information that impacts Warnell graduate students. In addition, this position should aim to promote an interdisciplinary mingling between Warnell and other graduate departments at UGA through socials, conferences, etc. More about GSA can be found at https://gsa.uga.edu/
*** If the University Council Representative position (above) goes to an undergraduate student, we will do a separate follow-up vote to elect someone for this position based on the pool of graduate student nominees for the University Council Representative position.
If you have any questions, please email taragc@uga.edu

Friday, February 19, 2016

Grant Writing Workshop: Video posted

On Wednesday, February 17th,  Dr. John Maerz discussed how to write successful grant proposals. This workshop focused specifically on grants such as the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA), NSF Doctoral Improvement Grant (DIG), EPA STAR, and NSF GFRP.

This was a great opportunity to hear from someone who's written grants, helped students write grants, and been a part of review committees to approve or reject grant proposals. Dr. Maerz is a great speaker and has had both successful grants accepted to receive funds and has also had grants rejected. He offered a lot of great prospective and practical advice. The workshop can be viewed here.



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Grant writing workshop - Dr. John Maerz

Please join us for this week's Procaffeination Hour as Dr. John Maerz discusses how to write successful grant proposals. This workshop will focus specifically on grants such as the Doctoral Completion Award (DCA), NSF Doctoral Improvement Grant (DIG), EPA STAR, and NSF GFRP. Come learn the do's and don'ts and improve your chances of success of securing grants to fund your research. We will meet in room 4-132 from 10-11 am, coffee and donuts will be provided.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Statistical Consulting at UGA

The UGA Statistics Department has a Statistical Consulting Center to help students, faculty, and other clients develop, analyze, and interpret results for research projects. There is at least one free hour of consultation available to all students, and I've heard most students get two free hours. If you are stuck and need some help working through analyses, this may be a good option. Additional services are available for a fee, which may also be worthwhile from time to time as well. The link for the center is below.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

WGSA Workshop - Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore will be leading a workshop on Access relational databases for our Feb 3rd meeting. Please join us in room 4-132 from 10-11 to learn about why you might need a database, how to create one, and how to use it efficiently. Please see a more detailed description below, and we hope to see you there. As usual, coffee and donuts will be provided.

Do you have a project that involves large quantities of data for a variety of parameters? Do you struggle with organizing, updating, or analyzing this data? Then this is the workshop for you! Using Microsoft Access, we will learn the basics of what a database is and the advantages of storing your data in one. We will go through the process of setting up database tables and establishing relationships between them. Finally, we will cover the basics of querying a database.

Please downloads the following files if you want to follow along in the workshop: 
BoatRampExample.accdb
Invasive_Mussel_Ex.docx

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

State-space modeling - WGSA workshop

Our first  workshop of the spring semester will be led by John Yeiser, PhD student in James Martins' lab. He will be discussing state-space modeling, see the detailed description below with three files to download (linked below) in preparation for the workshop. Please join us Wednesday, January 27th from 10-11 in room 4-132.

State-space models are quickly gaining steam in wildlife science, but what are they? What makes them different from other models? How do we use them? If you’re wanting to learn more about state-space models, models in general, or you’re already a wily modeling veteran who just wants a donut, please consider attending this week’s procaffeination hour workshop. I’ll be focusing mainly on the concepts and reasoning behind state-space models, but I will have an example for people to work through if they’re interested. Hope to see you there.

Data files:
CM.txt
SSM.txt
SSM.R

Wednesday, January 20, 2016