2014 Columbia River Estuary Conference - Call for Abstracts

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2014 Columbia River Estuary Conference:
Forging Links in the Columbia River Estuary
May 28-30, 2014 at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon
Abstracts Due: February 28, 2014

Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2014 Columbia River Estuary Conference. The biennial workshop will be held May 28-30, 2014 at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon.

The theme of the 2014 workshop is "Forging Links in the Columbia River Estuary"; bringing together people with interest of the lower Columbia River and estuary, plume, and nearshore ocean to highlight new findings and perspectives from species recovery, restoration, research and monitoring efforts and resulting implications.

Please submit your abstract by 5 pm, February 28, 2014 to Catherine Corbett via email at: ccorbett@estuarypartnership.org. For more information on submitting an abstract, including abstract format, please see details below.

CREC will be a three day event with invited and contributed presentations. Audience participation will be encouraged. There will be poster sessions during evening events.

The 2014 CREC is the eighth in series of workshops on restoration, research and monitoring in the lower Columbia River and estuary. For more information on CREC, please see the CREC website at: http://cerc.labworks.org/index.stm

Theme: A workshop bringing together people with interest of the lower Columbia River and estuary,
plume, and nearshore ocean to highlight new findings and perspectives from species recovery, restoration,
research and monitoring efforts and resulting implications.
Call for Papers and Posters: Presentations that provide new scientific findings, contribute to a better
understanding, describe innovative techniques or discuss new emerging issues, with management
implications for lower Columbia, plume and nearshore ocean ecosystems or listed species are welcome.
Findings from outside this focal area are welcome if they provide context or a better understanding of
ecosystem processes, restoration or species recovery within the focal area. All presentations should
include a synthesis and interpretation of results and a discussion of the application of these findings to
management. Abstracts that address the suggested topics below are encouraged:

Suggested Topics:
 Linking science to policy effectively: What are good examples of transferring our research and
monitoring results to management and policy decisions? How can we do this better? How do we
better involve others in our work, including local communities?
 ESA listed species recovery: What are the uncertainties for species recovery and ecosystem
restoration programs? What is the latest research telling us and what are the management implications
of this?
 Integrating multiple species in the design of restoration projects: How do we better integrate multispecies
conservation within restoration projects focused on salmon or waterfowl, for example? How
do we ensure we are not “recycling” restoration projects in the future (e.g., retrofitting water control
structures to allow fish passage, integrating herptile habitats within tidal reconnections)?
 New understanding of ecosystem condition and function: What are new findings to provide us with a
better basic understanding of the lower Columbia, plume and nearshore ocean? How does this
information help us in designing ecosystem restoration or listed species recovery actions?
 Climate change, including ocean acidification, sea level rise and hypoxia: What are findings of
climate change impacts on species or ecosystem processes? What specific steps can we take to
mitigate for predicted impacts?
 Innovative technologies and new data products: What are innovative technologies or data products
and how have they been applied? How do these improve our understanding or management activities?
 Columbia Basin issues, including Columbia River Treaty, toxic contaminants, invasive species: What
are the implications of these issues on the lower Columbia, plume and nearshore ocean?
Abstracts should be submitted to Catherine Corbett by February 28, 2014 via email:
ccorbett@estuarypartnership.org.

Abstract Format:
Please list presentation title, author (s) and contact information, including email for primary author.
Please denote presenting author with Italics font and asterisk (*). Please keep text description of
abstract to one paragraph and no more than 500 words. Please indicate whether you prefer to make an oral
or poster presentation. Depending on time constraints, some presenters may be requested to modify their
format from oral to poster presentation format. Please - no more than one abstract per presenter (can
co-author multiple presentations).

Example abstract format:
Results of Multi-Year Coordinated Fish, Food Web and Habitat
Data Collection under the Ecosystem Monitoring Program

*Lyndal Johnson1, Amy Borde2, Jennifer Morace3, and Jina Sagar4

1 NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA
2 Coastal Ecosystem Research Group, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sequim, WA
3 USGS Oregon Water Science Center, Portland, OR
4 Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership, Portland, OR

*Presenting author (email: l_johnson@noaa.gov)

Since 2007, this most excellent monitoring program has provided key baseline information of the
tidal freshwater section of the lower Columbia River. Results from this monitoring will be
provided…

Oral presentation preferred.

Format: The workshop will be a three day event with invited and contributed presentations. Oral
presentations will be allocated 20 minutes total, including audience questions. There will be a poster
session during an evening social.