2014 Short Courses / Trainings
Retooling Your Literature Research Skills for Conservation Biology
Organizer(s): Barry Brown, University of Montana, Mansfield Library
Short Course - ID: SHRT3
Description: This will be a hands-on session, in a computer lab, covering methods for systematic, comprehensive literature searches for Conservation Biology related topics. The focus will be on efficiently finding, filtering, and using research information. Reference Management software will be used, repositories for data sets will be covered, and altmetrics, or new metrics for evaluating impact of articles, will be discussed. The course instructor is a Science Librarian, with a background in ecology, and over 20 years’ experience teaching science information literacy.
Interdisciplinary Conservation Education: Strategies for Attracting a Diversity of Learners
Organizer(s): Martha Groom, University of Washington Bothell & Seattle and Ana Porzecanski, Center for Biodiversity Conservation-American Museium of Natural History
Short Course - ID: SHRT4
Description: In this short course, we will present a synthesis of principles of effective course design and active and interdisciplinary teaching, and will guide participants as they explore how to develop courses that attract a diversity of students and strengthen interdisciplinary conservation training. The course will be interactive, as participants share their ideas and teaching practices, while trying on new ideas and working through preliminary plans for course re-design. The two organizers and 2-3 guest speakers will lead the group through a number of interactive exchanges, presentations, and hands-on activities, to share experiences in teaching conservation to a diverse student population, introduce the principles of course design and guide the participants as they prepare a plan for a new or revised conservation-related course of their own.
An Overview of Structured Decision Making
Organizer(s): Donna Brewer, USFWS
Short Course - ID: SHRT5
Description: This introductory course was developed to provide conservation managers, policy makers, and scientists with an overview of SDM and the skills a manager would need to frame and analyze a decision; the quantitative aspects of decision analysis are not emphasized. This course meets all the goals outlined by SCB by instructing managers, policy-makers, and stakeholders on a suite of systematic and transparent processes for making better decisions which integrate science and policy to address challenging political and biological conservation boundaries.
Writing Science in Plain English
Organizer(s): Anne Greene, University of Montana, Wildlife Biology Program
Short Course - ID: SHRT6
Description: Let’s face it, most journal articles, grant proposals, are badly written – so badly that it’s hard to read and understand them. It doesn’t have to be that way! By learning a dozen straight-forward principles and basic grammar, scientists can transform their writing from obtuse and wordy to clear and concise. Join Anne Greene, author of the successful book Writing Science in Plain English, and learn how you can quickly become a better scientific writer.
Advances in Conservation Impact Evaluation and Causal Inference
Organizer(s): Paul Ferraro, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
Short Course - ID: SHRT7
Description: The short course covers: potential outcomes and counterfactuals; creative designs for experimental conservation projects; partial identification; conditioning strategies; detecting and measuring sensitivity to hidden bias; estimating heterogeneous impacts; decomposing impacts into mechanism effects; panel data designs; synthetic controls; instrumental variables; and theory-based evaluations. The conservation community lacks opportunities for tailored professional development in these themes.
From CV to Public Profile
Organizer(s): Henritte Lowisch, University of Montana School of Journalism
Short Course - ID: SHRT8
Description: Take control of your public persona as you get ready to interface with policymakers and general audiences. Using your CV as a starting point, this short course will help you develop a brief self-portrait for use on a variety of media platforms. A studio photo portrait session is included in the course package.
On the Hot Seat
Organizer(s): Alison Perkins, University of Montana School of Journalism
Short Course - ID: SHRT9
Description: Learn what it takes to talk with journalists about your research, and get first-hand experience as you are put on the hot seat in a mock video-taped interview. This short course will introduce you to the art of interviewing, what to expect and why, as well as what worked and what didn't.
A Hands-on Introduction to Applied Social Network Analysis: Tools for Visualizing and Processes for Bridging Social Divides in Conservation Projects
Organizer(s): Ken Vance-Borland, The Conservation Planning Institute
Short Course - ID: SHRT10
Description: If you need a new way to resolve complex conservation challenges, this workshop will introduce you to the promising tools of social network analysis (SNA) and network weaving. You’ll learn when and where to apply SNA, gain hands-on experience with data gathering, mapping and analysis, and try out network weaving--and best, you’ll leave with an idea of where you could use SNA in your own work to support conservation outcomes.