Montana State University

Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-4548
Fax: (406) 994-3190
Location: 310 Lewis Hall

Symposium Organizer

Gina K. Himes Boor
Assistant Research Professor
GoodmanSymposium@gmail.com


Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium

Decision-making Under Uncertainty: Risk Assessment and the Best Available Science

March 20-21, 2014
Museum of the Rockies
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

March 20, 2014

8:00 Registration Desk Open

9:00 Welcome and purpose
Dave Roberts, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Ecology, Montana State University
Gina Himes Boor, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Department of Ecology, Montana State University
Tim Rage, Ph.D., Retired Executive Director, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

9:15 Keynote presentation: What Do You Say When Data are Sparse?
George Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, and Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health,
George Washington University

10:00 Break

10:30 Environmental Risk Assessment
Chair: Peter Jutro, Ph.D., Associated Administrator for Homeland Security (Acting), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                       
Additional Speakers:
Stan Blacker, Former EPA Director of Quality Assurance Management and Goodman friend and colleague
Adam Finkel, Ph.D., Executive Director, Program on Regulation, University of Pennsylvania Law School

11:30 The Role of Demography in Marine Mammal Conservation
Chair: Barbara Taylor, Ph.D., Leader of Marine Mammal Genetics Group, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Additional Speakers:
Jay Barlow, Ph.D., Leader of the EEZ Mammals and Acoustics Program, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Eric Ward, Ph.D., Statistician, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Rebecca Taylor, Ph.D., Research Statistician, Alaska Science Center, USGS
Lisa Schwarz, Ph.D., Assistant Research Biologist, EEB/Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz

12:30 Lunch Break

2:00 The Link Between Fisheries Management and Conservation
Chair: Jack Stanford, Ph.D., Director of the Flathead Biologic Station, and Jessie M. Bierman Professor of Ecology, University of Montana

Additional Speakers:
Milo Adkison, Ph.D., Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Randall Peterman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University

3:15 Break

3:45 Integrated Ecosystem Modeling and Fisheries Management Strategy Evaluation: Where are We and What is the Future?
Chair: Andre Punt, Ph.D., Associate Director of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Additional Speakers:
Francis Wiese, Ph.D., Former Science Director, North Pacific Research Board
Ivonne Ortiz, Ph.D., Research Scientist, University of Washington/Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
George Hunt, Ph.D., Research Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, University of Washington

4:45 Adjourn

6:00 Reception
Beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres provided.

March 21, 2014

9:00 Welcome to Day 2
Tomo Eguchi, Ph.D., Ecologist, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

9:05 Scientific Mentoring
Chairs: Jim Berkson, Ph.D., Unit Leader and Associate Professor, NOAA Fisheries RTR Unit at the University of Florida
Gary Lopez, Ph.D., Executive Director, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education

9:45 Daniel Goodman's Empirical Approach to Bayesian Statistics
Chair: Tim Gerrodette, Ph.D., Marine Biologist, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Additional Speakers:
Eric Ward, Ph.D., Statistician, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries
Rebecca Taylor, Ph.D., Research Statistician, Alaska Science Center, USGS
Lisa Schwarz, Ph.D., Post-doctoral researcher, EEB/Long Marine Lab, University of California, Santa Cruz

10:45 Break

11:15 Better Science, Risk Assessment, and Decision-making Under the Endangered Species Act
Chair: Tim Ragen, Ph.D., Retired Executive Director, U.S. Marine Mammal Commission

Additional Speakers:
Holly Doremus, J.D., Ph.D., James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Co-Director of the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Director, Environmental Law Program, University of California, Berkley
David Policansky, Ph.D., Research Scholar, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Research Council

12:15 Lunch Break

1:45 Ecological Decision-making
Chairs: Gina Himes Boor, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Department of Ecology, Montana State University
Paul Wade, Ph.D., Research Biologist, National Marine Mammal Lab, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

Additional Speakers:
Grant Thompson, Ph.D., Research Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries

2:45 Keynote Synthesis Presentation
Anil Nerode, Ph.D., Goldwin Smith Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University

3:30 Break

4:00 Synthesis Panel Discussion
Moderators: Tim Ragen and Gina Himes Boor
Panel: All session chairs

5:00 Closing Remarks and Thank You
Gina Himes Boor & Tim Ragen
Diane Brawner, Ph.D., and Rollie Goodman