Interagency Ecological Program Annual Workshop Set for April 24-26 in Folsom

The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) for the San Francisco Estuary will hold its 2013 Annual Workshop-a focal point for IEP activities-at the Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom April 24-26, 2013.

This year’s Annual IEP Workshop will once again be closely coordinated with the California Water and Environmental Modeling Forum (CWEMF http://cwemf.org). The CWEMF annual meeting will take place April 22-24 at the same location with combined IEP and CWEMF sessions on April 24. The combined sessions, as well as the CWEMF and IEP poster sessions, are open to all registered IEP and CWEMF meeting participants.

The program for this year’s three-day IEP workshop is diverse, with many oral and poster presentations offering a full spectrum of current IEP and IEP-related activities as well as program updates. Technical session topics will include:

  • Models and Ecosystem Restoration

  • Monitoring and Ecosystem Restoration

  • New Monitoring, Modeling, and Research Tools

  • Long-Term Monitoring Data: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Water Quality Trends, from Minutes to Decades

  • Primary Producers and Consumers

  • Fish Behavior

  • News from San Francisco Bay

On April 25 at 3:30 p.m. the IEP will convene a panel discussion with agency directors, distinguished scientists, and stakeholders on what it means to conduct collaborative science in the San Francisco Estuary. The purpose of the panel discussion is to first define what collaborative science is and then discuss how collaborative science could be improved in the IEP. The panel will be asked to identify where IEP has done a great job with collaborative science and where it needs to improve among the agencies and stakeholders in light of legal and institutional constraints. The panel will also be asked to weigh in on how they envision the IEP will need to evolve to incorporate research and monitoring activities associated with various proposed plans for the Delta (i.e., the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Delta Plan, State Water Resources Bay-Delta Plan, etc).

New this year is “Let’s Do Lunch!” The IEP will host a Student-Mentor Social during the lunch time break on April 25 for students and early-stage career professionals. The intent is to provide an informal opportunity to discuss research interests and career development with established professionals in the field.

Onsite registration will be available. For more information, click here.