Join AFS for online education

AFS is excited to announce a new educational opportunity; we will be launching a new webinar series!

Fish Bioenergetics 4.0
March 5, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern Time

Presenter: David Deslauriers
Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Drue Winters

Support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act – A Guide to Grassroots Advocacy
February 22, 2018
1:00 pm Eastern Time

Presenter: Drue Winters
Policy Director, American Fisheries Society
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Want to learn more about grassroots advocacy techniques?  Join us for a free webinar on February 22 to learn how you can help AFS support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in your state.  Participants will learn the fundamentals of a congressional “field visit”, the elements of a successful in-district meeting with a member of Congress, and how to prepare and deliver an “elevator speech” to spur a decision-maker into action! Led by AFS Policy Director, Drue Winters and joined by grassroots and field campaign experts from the conservation community, the webinar promises to enhance your professional skills portfolio through this “how to” designed specifically to support this important legislative effort.

Blair Sterba-Boatwright

Using Bayesian Clustering Algorithms to Discover Population Genetic Structure

January 10, 2018
2:00 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Blair Sterba-Boatwright, PhD
Professor, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
View recording (member feature)Since the arrival of STRUCTURE (Pritchard et al. 2000), biologists have been using Bayesian clustering algorithms to discover population genetic structure. This webinar will discuss several popular freely-available packages (STRUCTURE, BAPS, structurama, others?) with a focus on understanding the algorithms underlying the packages. The presentation will be as non-technical as possible, and advantages and disadvantages of the different packages will be discussed.AFS thanks the Student Sub-section of the Education Section for their help with organizing this webinar!

Verbal Judo! A Method to Improve Your Ability to Talk to Those Hostile to Conservation

Dr. Scott Bonar

December 14, 2017
1:00 pm Eastern Time
Presenter: Scott Bonar
Unit Leader and Associate Professor, The University of Arizona

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Successfully conversing with people who do not see the value in protecting the environment is critical to those interested in conservation, especially in today’s society.  Here we discuss conversational techniques you can use to defuse conflict and improve the odds that the other side will listen to your point of view.

The instructor, Dr. Scott Bonar, is on the faculty of the University of Arizona and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has won numerous awards during his 30 years of natural resources work in state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry. Dr. Bonar’s years of research and personal experiences helped him develop and write The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People, a book called “a must read for conservation professionals” by the journal Ecology, “a guidepost” by Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and “an exceptional job” by Michael Dombeck, former Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.

2017 Policy Overview and 2018 Engagement Outlook

AFS Policy Director Drue Winters

November 14, 2017
Presenter: Drue Winters
Policy Director, American Fisheries Society
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In November, join AFS Policy Director Drue Winters, as she reviews fisheries policy issues that are trending in Washington, DC. We’ll take a look back at what’s been happening on Capitol Hill and in the administration related to fisheries in 2017 and a look forward at what we expect to happen in 2018. This is your chance to learn more about policy related to your field and have your questions addressed.

Discussion topics include:

  • Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act
  • Repeal and replacement of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule
  • Securing funds for proactive conservation via the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
  • FY 2018 federal budget outlook
  • Status of EPA’s Plan to Rescind Clean Water Determination on Pebble Mine
  • Outlook for offshore aquaculture legislation
  • How to become more involved in AFS’s policy efforts