INTERNATIONAL USER CONFERENCE ON ARGOS

WILDLIFE APPLICATIONS

 

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2014

NATIONAL AQUARIUM

BALTIMORE, MD USA

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

A forum for Argos Wildlife Users to present their science and demonstrate how this cutting edge science transitions to applications that are important and critical to wildlife conservation, economics, and society.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

 

WELCOME - Monday, November 17 (5:00PM-6:30PM) Pier 5 Hotel, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

 

  • Meet and Greet for VIPS, Speakers and Panelists

 

DAY 1 - Tuesday, November 18

 

PLENARY 1 (8:30AM-10:10AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - Opening Session

MODERATOR - BILL WOODWARD

 

  • Welcoming Remarks - National Aquarium

  • Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

  • Dr. Marc Cohen, Associate Director for LEO Programmes, European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

  • Dr. Francisco Werner, Science and Research Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southwest Fisheries Science Center

  • Mr. Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the U.S. (Invited)

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS - Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences and Co-founder of OceanRevolution.org

 

COFFEE BREAK (10:10AM-10:30AM)

 

PLENARY 2A (10:30AM-11:30AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - Diversity and Ecology of Species Tracked by Argos

MODERATOR - GEORGE DURNER

 

  • Dr. Barbara A. Block*, Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Chair in Marine Sciences, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University - The Wired Ocean: Using Biologgin Technology to Track Wildlife and Predict the Impacts of Climate Change

  • Dr. Bernd Meyburg, Professor Dr., World Working Group on Birds of Prey (WWGBP) and Chairman of the Raptor Working Group of BirdLife Germany (NABU) - 21 Years’ Satellite Tracking of Raptors - Some Highlights

  • Dr. Kristen Hart, Research Ecologist, USGS - Use of Protected Areas by Marine Turtles Tagged in Dry Tortugas National Park, FL, USA

 

 

LUNCH BREAK (11:30AM-1:00PM) On your own

 

PLENARY 2B (1:00PM-2:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Diversity and Ecology of Species Tracked by Argos

MODERATOR - GEORGE DURNER

 

  • Mr. David C. Douglas*, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center - Avian Tracking Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey

  • Dr. David Johnson, Wildlife Biologist, Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit - Use of Solar-powered Satellite Transmitters in Assessing Migration Patterns of Burrowing Owls in Western North America

  • Dr. James Reid, Biologist, USGS - Tracking Tropical Manatees; Use of Argos Tags on Antillean Manatees from The Bahamas to Brazil

 

PLENARY 3A (2:00PM-2:40PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Wildlife Tracking Applications Using Argos

MODERATOR - GREG SKOMAL

 

  • Dr. Salim Javed*, Section Head, Terrestrial Assessment and Conservation, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity - Satellite Tracking Migratory Birds from the United Arab Emirates - Opportunities for Species and Site Conservation

  • Dr. Eduardo Amir Cuevas Flores, Scientist, Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatan - Learning the Spatial Distribution of Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico for Conservation and Management Strategies

 

COFFEE BREAK (2:40PM-3:00PM)

 

PLENARY 3B (3:00PM-5:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Wildlife Tracking Applications Using Argos

MODERATOR - GREG SKOMAL

 

  • Dr. Gerardo Ceballos*, Scientist, Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Finalist - 2014 Indianapolis Prize) - From Jaguars to Bison: Ecology and Conservation Science in Mexico

  • Dr. Randall Wells*, Director, Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (Nominee - 2014 Indianapolis Prize) - Satellite-linked Tagging of Small Cetaceans: A Crucial Tool for Conservation

  • Dr. Charles (Chip) Deutsch, Associate Research Scientist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Use of Argos-linked GPS Technology to Study Florida Manatee Ecology and Behavior:  Discoveries from the Past 12 Years of Tracking for Conservation

  • Dr. Chris Andrews, Senior Curator, Sea Life US - The Monitoring of the Long-Term Movements and Diving Behavior of Released Rehabilitated Marine Turtles in New Zealand Waters

  • Dr. Walter (Sean) Boyd, Research Scientist, Environment Canada - Migration Ecology and Population Delineation of Pacific Barrow's Goldeneye

 

An Evening Reception at the National Aquarium (6:30PM-9:30PM) with Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make you Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do - National Aquarium, Harbor Overlook (Enter at the Main Entrance) - To include VIPs, Speakers, Panelists and Conference Registrants (additional information to follow).

 

DAY 2 - Wednesday, November 19

 

PLENARY 4 (8:30AM-10:10AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - Using Argos to Understand Protected Habitats and Species

MODERATOR - DEE BOERSMA

 

  • Dr. Richard Merrick*, Chief Science Advisor and Director of Scientific Programs, NOAA Fisheries - Using Argos to Understand Protected Habitats and Species - From Single Animals to Animal Telemetry Networks   

  • Dr. Greg Skomal*, Program Manager, Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist, Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Marine Fisheries - Broad and Fine-Scale Movements of White Sharks in the Western North Atlantic Derived from Multiple Technologies

  • Dr. Helen Bailey*, Research Assistant Professor, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences - Identification of Whale Migratory Routes and High-Use Areas from Argos Satellite Telemetry Data

  • Dr. Amy Kennedy, Research Scientist, National Marine Mammal Laboratory, NOAA Fisheries - The Use of Argos Tags as a Tool for Understanding Large Whale Ecology and Management

 

COFFEE BREAK (10:10AM-10:30AM)

 

PLENARY 5A (10:30AM-11:30AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - Argos as a Tool to Advance Global Conservation and Improve Environmental Policy, Economic and Society

MODERATOR - DAVID DOUGLAS

 

  • Dr. Barbara Block*, Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Chair in Marine Sciences, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University - Sushi and Satellites: Using Satellite Technology as a Conservation Tool for Protecting Marine Fishes and Ecosystems

  • Dr. Meenaskshi (Mini) Nagendran, Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife - Satellite Tracking Red-Breasted Geese

  • Dr. Ken Meyer, Executive Director, Avian Research and Conservation Institute - Satellite Telemetry and The Conservation Ecology of Imperiled Raptors and Water Birds

 

LUNCH BREAK (11:30AM-1:00PM) On your own

 

 

PLENARY 5B (1:00PM-2:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Argos as a Tool to Advance Global Conservation and Improve Environmental Policy, Economic and Society

MODERATOR - DAVID DOUGLAS

 

  • Dr. Matthew Witt*, Scientist, Marine Turtle Research Group, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter in Cornwall - How Satellite Tracking Has Helped Advance Marine Vertebrate Conservation Science

  • Dr. Lisa Davenport, Research Associate, Duke University Center for Tropical Conservation - Satellite Telemetry of Intra-Amazonian Migrant Birds:  What We Know and Where We Are Going

  • Dr. John Bittner, Executive Director, Wildlife Research Institute -  Golden Eagles Use of The North American Landscape from Natal to Adult Breeding Territories

 

POSTER SESSION (2:00PM-2:40PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor East E

 

COFFEE BREAK (2:40PM-3:00PM)

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 1 (3:00PM-4:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - How Results and Conclusions are Effectively Communicated to the General Public

MODERATOR - BARBARA BLOCK

 

  • Mr. Eric Schwaab*, Chief Conservation Officer, Conservation and Science Division, National Aquarium

  • Dr. Wallace J. Nichols*, Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences and Co-founder of OceanRevolution.org

  • Dr. Richard Merrick*, Chief Science Advisor and Director of Scientific Programs, NOAA Fisheries

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 2A (3:00PM-4:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor East D - Advances in Argos Wildlife Tracking Tools

MODERATOR - MATTHEW WITT

 

  • Mrs. Debbie Stakem*, Manager, Argos User Services, CLS America - Argos Data Access

  • Dr. John Wilson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University - Movebank as a Free and Flexible Web-Based Interface for Analyzing Argos Wildlife Tracking Data

  • Dr. Michael Coyne, Executive Director, SEATURTLE.ORG - STAT: Building Capacity to Manage, Analyze and Share Animal Tracking Data

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 2B (4:00PM-5:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor East D - Argos Data Access and Advances in Argos Wildlife Tracking Tools (Interactive)

MODERATOR - MATTHEW WITT

 

  • Mrs. Debbie Stakem*, Manager, Argos User Services, CLS America

  • Dr. John Wilson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, The Ohio State University

  • Dr. Michael Coyne, Executive Director, SEATURTLE.ORG

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 3 (4:00PM-5:00PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Conservation and Policy Applications of the Argos System - A Success Story

MODERATOR - HELEN BAILEY

 

  • Dr. James Woehr*, Avian Biologist, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management -  Tracking Marine Diving Birds in the Mid-Atlantic

  • Dr. Alicia Berlin*, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS - Determining Offshore Use of Seaduck Species in Federal Waters of the Mid-Atlantic United States Using Satellite Tracking

  • Dr. Iain Stenhouse*, Marine Bird Program Director, Biodiversity Research Institute - Determining Wintering Areas and Migration Routes of Red-Throated Loons in Atlantic Offshore Waters Using Satellite Tracking  

  • Dr. Bill Montevecchi*, University Research Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland - Satellite Tracking of Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) Activity in U.S. Mid-Atlantic Waters

 

Evening Icebreaker Event (7:00PM-9:00PM) – Pazo Restaurant (Tentative) - To include all Conference Speakers and Panelists (additional information to follow)

 

 

DAY 3 - Thursday, November 20

 

PLENARY 6 (8:30AM-10:10AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - Using Argos Tracking to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife

MODERATOR - HELEN BAILEY

 

  • Dr. P. Dee Boersma*, Wadsworth Endowed Chair in Conservation, University of Washington - Use of Argos Data to Design a Marine Protected Area for the Largest Penguin Colony in the World

  • Dr. George Durner*, Research Zoologist, USGS Alaska Science Center - Using Argos to Assess the Response of Polar Bears and Pacific Walruses to Arctic Sea Ice Loss

  • Dr. Charles-Andre Bost*, Scientist, Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chize/Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CEBC-CNRS) - Penguins and Climate Variability: Foraging Responses of King Penguins in the South Indian Ocean

  • Dr. Kevin Weng, Manager, Pelagic Fisheries Research Program,  Virginia Institute of Marine Science / University of Hawaii - Fish Futures: Observation, Adaptation and Response to Climate Change

 

COFFEE BREAK (10:20AM-10:50AM)

 

PLENARY 7 (10:50AM-11:30AM) National Aquarium, Lyn P. Meyerhoff Auditorium - The Argos System

MODERATOR - BILL WOODWARD

 

  • Mr. Michel Guigue*, Data Collection Missions Manager, CLS Group - An Overview: The Argos System

  • Dr. Remy Lopez, Scientist, System Activities and Radiolocalisation, CLS Group - Improving Argos Location and Data Collection for Low Power Platforms

 

LUNCH BREAK (11:30AM-1:00PM) On your own

 

PLENARY 8 (1:00PM-2:40PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Argos Tracking - Best Practices and Lessons Learned

MODERATOR - RANDALL WELLS

 

  • Dr. Neil Hammerschlag*, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Marine Ecosystems and Society, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami - Considering the Fate of Satellite Tags: Interactions With Stakeholders and User Responsibility When Encountering Tagged Animals

  • Dr. Bruce Mate*, Director and Endowed Chair, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University - Satellite Telemetry Gives Endangered Whales a Voice to Solve Conservation Challenges and Mitigate Anthropogenic Risks

  • Dr. Glenn Olsen*, DMV, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - Techniques For Implant Surgery of Satellite Transmitters in Seaducks

  • Dr. Chi Hin (Tim) Lam, Research Scientist, Large Pelagics Research Center, Marine Fisheries Ecology, UMass Amherst - The Way Forward For Tagging Marine Pelagic Animals With Pop-Up Satellite Archival Tags - Lessons Learnt and Perspectives For Future Studies

  • Dr. Gwen Lockhart, GIS/Research Specialist, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center - Defining Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Intensive Use Areas: A Cumulative Analysis of Seasonal Utilization Distributions

 

COFFEE BREAK (2:40PM-3:00PM)

 

PLENARY 9 (3:00PM-3:30PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - How Must Argos Evolve in Order to Keep Pace With the Increasingly Complex Wildlife Tracking Requirements

MODERATOR - GREG SKOMAL

 

  • Mr. David Douglas*, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center - Prospects for the Argos System: Getting More With Less

 

PANEL DISCUSSION 4 (3:30PM-4:15PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Sustaining the Future of Argos Wildlife Tracking

MODERATOR - BILL WOODWARD

 

  • Mr. Jeremy Weirich*, Subcommittee Staff Director, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

  • Mr. Eric Schwaab*, Chief Conservation Officer, Conservation and Science Division, National Aquarium

  • Dr. Philippe Gaspar*, Scientific Coordinator, Satellite Oceanography Division, CLS Group

  • Dr. Richard Spinrad*, Chief Scientist, NOAA

 

PLENARY 10 (4:15PM-4:30PM) Pier 5 Hotel, Harbor West Ballroom - Closing Remarks

 

  • Mr. Bill Woodward, Vice-President, Environmental Monitoring, CLS America