New training opportunities for CRI members this summer
Dr. Meghann Bruce will be offering two 1-day workshops in Fredericton on New Brunswick macrophyte identification and sampling. These workshops will be limited to 12 registrants, so register sooner than later to confirm a spot. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a webinar component for these workshops due to the blended classroom- and field-based learning experience. Stay tuned for more opportunities to learn about macrophytes in the fall!
Introduction to the diversity of aquatic macrophytes
Dates: July 12, 2016 (Rain date: July 14, 2016)
The objective of this workshop is to familiarize participants with the diversity of freshwater macrophytes and provide them with experience that helps to build their confidence in macrophyte identification. Following morning lectures, participants will have the opportunity to collect macrophytes in the field (on the Saint John River) so that they have fresh material to practice their identification skills with.
Macrophyte sampling for the field ecologist
Tentative date: August 8, 2016 (Rain date: TBA)
Similar to the July workshop, the "Macrophyte sampling for the field ecologist" workshop will provide an introduction to specimen collecting, preservation and identification. As an extension of this, we will discuss and explore different considerations that are critical to survey design and the strengths of different sampling techniques used by field ecologists. Participants will have an opportunity to gain hand-on experience and develop their macrophyte sampling/identification skills during an afternoon field trip to the Saint John River.
Dr. Lindsay Brin will be offering a 2-day workshop at either UNB Saint John or Fredericton (location will be dependent on registrations) on an introduction to R for ecological statistical analyses. This workshop will be interactive with a combination of theory and hands-on learning, so you will need to bring your laptop with you. Due to the nature of this workshop, it will be limited to 15 registrants. Depending on interest from CRI folk from outside of New Brunswick, there may be a webinar component for the workshop. However those people who are physically present will be given priority with questions and assistance from Dr. Brin. Skype appointments will be available at a later date for those who were unable to attend the workshop.
If you are enthusiastic and well-versed in R, Dr. Brin is looking for a few volunteers to help her coach students with any technical and theoretical questions throughout the two days. Contact Dr. Brin if you are interested.
Introduction to R for Ecological Data Analysis
Dates: June 16 and 17, 2016
R is a powerful, free, open-source, and widely used tool for working with data that can allow you to streamline your analysis process, increase reproducibility, catch and avoid mistakes, and access newly developed analyses and statistical approaches. This workshop will provide participants with the tools for reading in, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data in R. A primary goal is to help participants become comfortable working in a coding environment. To accomplish this, the workshop format will include a combination of explanation, demonstration, and extensive hands-on practice using a variety of sample datasets. Participants will leave with basic skills that can be put into use immediately, as well as a platform from which to learn more complex analyses.
The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is an aquatic biological monitoring program developed and maintained by Environment Canada for assessing the health of freshwater ecosystems in Canada. CABIN is based on the network of networks approach that promotes inter-agency collaboration and data-sharing to achieve consistent and comparable reporting on freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem conditions in Canada. The National CABIN team of Environment Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have developed a training program for the use of the nationally standardized protocol for aquatic biomonitoring and assessment.
Environment Canada's, Lesley Carter, and our own Dr. Michelle Gray will be hosting a special 2-day CABIN field training (May 31 and June 1, 2016) in Fredericton for those who are interested in attending.
Note: For those UNB students who will be participating in Dr. Andre Hilaire's Practical Hydrology, Hydrometry and Fluvial Geomorphology field course from July 5-7, 2016 in Sacre-Coeur, Quebec (spots are still available, register now!) and wanted to take the Moncton CABIN field training, there is a direct conflict in dates, thus Leslie has agreed to come and offer the course in Fredericton to allow students to complete their CABIN training this summer. Thank you, Leslie!
CABIN training options
Project Manager (Module 1-5, Data Entry + field training)*
Regular - $750
Student - $375
Data/Field technician (Module 1, 2, Data Entry + field training)*
Regular - $500
Student - $250
Field assistant (no online modules required, only the field component)
FREE - you can upgrade to the Field Technician (Regular - $250/Student - $125) or the Project Manager (Regular - $500/Student - $250) by taking the required online modules at a later time.
*Completion of modules 1 and 2 are prerequisites for the field training component if you wish to have the Project Manager or Field Technician designations.
Please check out our website for more information.
There are still a few spots available for the CRI-specific May 20th (9:00 am to 1:00 pm) electrofishing course, offered by Mark Gautreau and Kirk Roach.