2013 Conference agenda

Day 1, November 5

8:30–8:45           Welcome and Kickoff

8:45–9:30            Plant invasions across the Northern Hemisphere: A deep-time perspective. Dr. Jason Fridley, Syracuse University

Regional Highlights

9:30–9:50           Invasive terrestrial plants in Northwest Canada.Bruce Bennett, Yukon Conservation Data Centre

9:50–10:10          Invasive plants north of the Yukon River bridge: Dalton highway and vicinity.  Tara Callear, Bureau of Land Management, and Timothy Craig, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

10:10–10:40       Break and Networking

10:40–11:00        Characterizing herbicide degradation in Alaskan soils and water. Patrick Tomco Department of Chemistry, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Steven Seefeldt, UAF Cooperative Extension Service

11:0011:20       Local updates on control projects. Various speakers

11:20–11:40        Vetch busters: Collaborating with property owners to limit the spread of bird vetch in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Tricia Wurtz, U.S. Forest Service

11:40–12:00        Marine invasive species: Lessons, challenges and achievements. Tammy Davis,Alaska Department of Fish and Game

12:00–1:00         Lunch

Early Detection, Inventory and Mapping Technology

1:00–1:20           Mobile weed mapping demonstration. Tom Heutte, U.S. Forest Service

1:20–1:40           Yukon Spotters Network. Bruce Bennett, Yukon Conservation Data Centre

1:40–2:00            Detection of marine invasive species with community monitors and through random local opportunities. Catie M. Bursch, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve

2:00–2:20            National Park Service marine debris response and concerns about invasive species. Benjamin Pister, National Park Service

2:20–2:40            Biggest Invasive Species Geek Competition

2:40–3:10           Break and Networking

3:10–3:30           Panel discussion : Early detection needs and citizen involvement

3:30–5:00           Working sessions
Early Detection and Rapid Response Network
Marine Invasive Species

7:00 p.m.            Evening presentation at the Murie Auditorium FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The modern invasive species problem: A world Darwin envisioned? Dr. Jason Fridley, Syracuse University 

Day 2, November 6

8:30–8:45           Welcome and Kickoff

Changing Northern Climates, Invasive Species Impacts and Research

8:45–9:30           Phenology and forest invasions: Evidence for empty niches? Jason Fridley, Syracuse University

9:30–9:50            Flowering phenology of native Vaccinium species and non-native Melilotus albus: Changes over space and time. Christa P.H. Mulder and Katie Spellman, University of Alaska Fairbanks

9:50–10:10          Local flowering phenology overlap of native Vaccinium species and non-native Melilotus albus: Building resilience through citizen science. Katie Spellman and Christ P.H. Mulder, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:10–10:30        Invasive species as the threat to Canadian species at risk. Bruce Bennett, Yukon Conservation Data Centre 

10:30–11:00       Break and Networking

11:00–11:20        The hot spots: Endemic and invasive plants at geothermal springs in Kamchatka, Russian Federation. Lisa Strecker, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Olga A. Chernyagina, Pacific Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences

11:20–11:40        What does it take to make it in Alaska? A review of invasion theory with examples from the far North. Lindsey Flagstad, Alaska Natural Heritage Program, and Matt Carlson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Natural Heritage Program

11:40–12:00       Panel discussion: Are invasive plants taking advantage of climate change in Alaska?

12:00–1:00         Lunch

1:00–1:20           Update on regional meetings: Western Regional Panel, Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Tsunami debris.


Freshwater Aquatics

1:20–1:40            Elodea management update from Fairbanks. Darcy Etcheverry, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service, Ryan Lane, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District

1:40– 2:00            The quest for political and ecological freedom from Elodea on the Kenai Peninsula. Elizabeth Bella, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2:00–2:20           Biggest Invasive Species Geek Competition

2:20–2:40           Break and Networking

2:40–3:00            Invasive northern pike control and research on the Kenai Peninsula. Robert Massengill and Kristine Dunker, Alaska Department of Fish and Game


3:00–3:20            Update on invasive species legislation. Speaker to be announced


3:20–3:40            Panel discussion: Aquatic invasive species management and policies. 

3:40–5:00           Working sessions
Policy and Elodea management
Weed Free Forage, Straw and Gravel

5:00–7:30           Poster Session

Day 3, November 7

8:30–8:45           Welcome and Kickoff

8:459:30           The Weed War: Who is winning?  Tim Stallard, Anchorage Park Foundation, Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plant Management Board Chair

Invasive Regulations and Rights of Way

9:30–9:50            Invasive weeds and agricultural pest management regulations in Alaska. Brianne Blackburn, Alaska Division of Agriculture

9:50–10:10          Best management practices for weed prevention on right of ways. Gino Graziano, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, and Brett Nelson, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

10:10–10:40       Break and Networking

10:40–11:00        DOT integrated vegetation management. Mike Coffey, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

11:00–11:20        Panel discussion: Regulations rights of way and weed management

Insects and Diseases

11:20–11:40        The green alder sawfly in Southeast Alaska. Elizabeth Graham, U.S. Forest Service

11:40–12:00        Alaskan arthropods: Documenting a growing fauna. Derek Sikes, University of Alaska Museum, and Matt Bowser, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

12:00–1:00         Lunch

Management and Prevention


1:00–1:20            Ballast water as a vector for marine invasive species: Exploring the risk to coastal Alaska. Danielle Verna and Bradley Harris, Alaska Pacific University


1:20–1:40            Feral abandoned cattle grazing on two national wildlife refuge islands in Alaska. Steve Ebbert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1:40–2:00            Invasive northern pike suppression on Alexander Creek: A salmon restoration project. Dave Rutz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

2:00–2:20            Panel discussion: Management and prevention

2:45                    Optional Field Trip: Visit the herbarium, insect collections and Institute of Arctic Biology Research Greenhouses at UAF.

Join UAF researcher Katie Spellman and greenhouse manager Mark Wright in a tour of the greenhouse experiments and collections.  The Institute of Arctic Biology (IAB) greehouse has a great collection of plants from around the world, including arctic, desert, and tropic plants, and special collections of carnivorous plants and Dalechampia. Come tour the facilities and learn about some of the plant ecology, physiology and genetics research currently goin on at the IAB.

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