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Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium

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You're invited to the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute's Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Science Symposium. This year, our symposium will focus on data science relevant to research, management and markets of ecosystem services and biodiversity. Invited speakers will present information on leading edge data collection technologies as well as methods and tools that analyse, interpret and apply ecosystem services and biodiversity information.The Symposium concludes with an interactive panel discussion on opportunities to enhance data science for transparent, efficient, and credible use in ecosystem services markets.

Join the ABMI, the University of Lethbridge, our collaborators, and invited speakers for an engaging series of presentations and discussion. See Speaker presentation topics and biographies below.

Accommodations:

If you are planning to stay overnight in Lethbridge there are rooms available for reservation at the Lethbridge Lodge. 30 rooms will be avilable at the reduced rate of $109.00/night with complimentary breakfast included. Please secure your room by contacting the Lethbridge Lodge and provide the group confirmation number 36627 by November 3, 2017.

Lethbridge Lodge
320 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B4
(403) 328-1123

For any further questions please contact Carrie Selin: carrie.selin@gmail.com

Speaker Topics and Bios:

1. Jahan Kariyeva, Director Geospatial Centre, ABMI

Title: "The ABMI’s Geospatial Initiatives to Support Biodiversity Monitoring in Alberta"

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) measures and reports on the state of biodiversity and human footprint across the province of Alberta. Due to increasing impacts of anthropogenic pressure on natural ecosystems, the quantification of landscape change has become an essential need in the fields of biodiversity monitoring and environmental management. To support this need, the ABMI employs a comprehensive geospatial program that aims to develop and implement methods to assess and monitor changes in habitat and human footprint, and to develop and make information products and knowledge accessible for use by the ABMI, general public, and resource managers and planners across Alberta. In addition to traditional remotely sensed data processing and analytical approaches, the ABMI is continually developing new geospatial methods to deliver timely and relevant geospatial products and advances (e.g., open access satellite data sets, cloud computing, and machine-learning algorithms) to support operational and integrated applications of the ABMI data. This presentation will describe the geospatial approaches that ABMI uses to monitor the state of Alberta’s human footprint and assess the relationship between land use and the status of biodiversity in our province.

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Jahan Kariyeva manages the ABMI’s Geospatial Centre. She is an environmental geographer, whose work has taken her to diverse ecosystems across the globe, including the deserts and steppes of Central Asia, mountains and drylands of the south western unites States and the Canadian prairie and boreal ecosystems. For the past few years, her focus has been human-environmental interactions and how environmental planning practices and management decisions affect ecosystem services, as now ecosystems response to the cumulative impacts of land-use and climate change.

2. Dr. Stefan Kienzle, Professor, University of Lethbridge

Title: Translating climate records into meaningful climate change indices

Dr. Stefan Kienzle and his Lab at the University of Lethbridge have analyzed a large amount of climate data for the period 1950 to 2010 to conduct trend analysis to discover how temperatures and precipitation have changed across Alberta. Based on the instrumental record, it is evident that the climate has changed unevenly across Alberta’s landscapes. Based on 43 climate indices, the analysis helps us to better understand the impacts of climate change on Alberta’s ecosystems. All indices are available on the dedicated web site (albertaclimaterecords.com).

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Dr. Stefan Kienzle is Professor of Geography, specializing in hydrology and GIS at the Department of Geography, University of Lethbridge. During the past 30 years, he has worked in government research institutes, consulting, and various Universities in Africa, Europe, and Canada. Stefan is also Adjunct Professor at three other Universities. Stefan’s research focus is the analyses of watershed behaviour under a variety of environmental conditions, especially climate change. Dr. Kienzle has trained over 70 graduate students, and has made over 120 conference and public presentations. His recent research resulted in the creation of an interactive web site which helps the public and water managers to understand historical trends of climate change in Alberta.

3. Dr. Erin Bayne, Co-Director Application Centre, ABMI

Title: Leading edge technologies in wildlife monitoring, survey design, and habitat modeling.

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Erin Bayne is the Co-Director of the Application Centre at ABMI, and is responsible for the development of projects and tools that support a wide range of environmental planning and management needs. This includes better understanding the interactions between climate change and land-use, economic and ecological trade-off assessment. Erin’s research is focused on understanding the cumulative ecological impacts of human activities on biodiversity that combine behavioural population and community ecology. Erin has developed cutting edge techniques in wildlife monitoring, survey design, geographic information systems and habitat modeling

4. Toni Anderson, Senior Resource Analyst, Silvacom

Title: Enhancing our Resource Inventories: Introduction to the Comprehensive Automated Land Inventory (CALI)

CALI is a semi-automated vegetation inventory system that uses various technologies including digital imagery, softcopy technology, advanced imagery processing algorithms, Semi-Global Matching (SGM) data, and LiDAR to complete a highly detailed vegetation inventory. The presentation will focus on the new technologies being leveraged to make this innovative data collection possible, discuss the benefits of an automated land inventory, and briefly review two applications of the technology.

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Toni Anderson is a senior resource analyst at Silvacom, a forestry and environmental consulting firm based out of Edmonton. She has a Business degree with a concentration in Economics and a Master’s of Science in Forestry, with a focus on Forest Economics, both from the University of New Brunswick. Toni is currently leading a number of ecosystem service projects at Silvacom and is passionate about encouraging private sector uptake of natural capital accounting and assessing ecosystem services. She believes valuing nature and understanding land use trade-offs is essential to improving land management.

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