2022 Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists Workshop Virtual Meeting
March 30 – 31, 2022
2022 Meeting Dates and Letter from the President
The 2022 Meeting of the Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists, hosted this year by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will be held virtually March 30-31.
On Wednesday, March 30 there will be a full day of oral presentations and a social activity. Attendees are encouraged to share their research as either an oral presentation (15 min with 5 min for questions), a speed talk (5 min with 2 min for questions), or as a PDF poster that can be viewed throughout the day. This provides an ideal venue to share your research and restoration projects with regional scientists from local, state, and federal agencies, academics and organizations, familiarize yourself with other projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, and engage with in friendly conversation. Join us during the morning and afternoon breaks for a fun and engaging game of Aquatic Biologists Jeopardy!
Workshops will be held on Thursday, March 31 from 9am-12pm. Choices for workshops include:
Trichoptera Identification - Andy Rasmussen & Alex Orfinger, Florida A&M University - We will present a half-day online workshop on the taxonomic identification of larval Trichoptera (caddisflies). Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and contribute to the discussion. The instructors will cover a wide range of topics including: Classification, Morphology and Identification, Taxonomic Resources, Identification of Polycentropodidae (Trumpet-Net Caddisflies), and Molecular Identification.
Stressor Identification Using Caddis - Kate Schofield, USEPA Integrated Environmental Assessment Branch, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment. Thousands of waterbodies in the United States are listed as biologically impaired; for many of these waterbodies the cause of impairment is reported as “unknown.” Before appropriate management actions can be developed and implemented, the causes of these impairments must be identified. CADDIS—the Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System—is an on-line application designed to help users conduct these causal assessments. CADDIS provides a strength of evidence-based framework for stressor identification, along with information and tools (e.g., stressor summaries, analytical tools and examples, case studies) that can assist in identifying likely causes of biological impairment in streams and rivers. This workshop will provide an overview of CADDIS, including the Stressor Identification process and the supporting information and tools available on the CADDIS website. It will draw from regionally relevant examples to illustrate how CADDIS has been used and end with discussion of how future development of CADDIS can better address your key stressor identification needs. Go to (epa.gov/caddis) to learn more about Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS).
Harmful Algal Blooms: Identification Using eDNA and Overview of a Statewide Management Strategy - Christopher Main, DE DNREC and Vic Poretti, NJ DEP
An Introduction to Rendering Reports Using R - Lou Reynolds, USEPA - This workshop will introduce the capabilities of R for publishing reports as html, pdf, and Word documents. The integration of data wrangling, analysis, visualization, and presentation is an important aspect of reproducible research. Written reports are an important, and many times, required way to present data. We will cover the basics and some more intermediate aspects of going from R code to documents – so it is helpful if you are familiar and comfortable with R. If you are already proficient and comfortable producing reports in R, this is not the course for you. It is important to have R, and R Studio, already installed on your computer. Question about the course are welcome. Email Lou Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.