Emiquon Science Meeting 2012

Dickson Mounds Museum   March 8, 2012

Tentative agenda
The University of Illinois Springfield, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, Dickson Mounds Museum, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is sponsoring the fifth annual Emiquon Science Symposium. The meeting will be held on Thursday, 8 March 2012, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Dickson Mounds Museum.

• Information for this meeting is available at: 
Emiquon Science Symposium 2012 Information

• Registration: 
Emiquon Science Symposium Registration 
• Abstract submission: 
Abstract Submission
• Directions: 
Directions to Dickson Mounds Museum
8:00 a.m.
Doors open at Dickson Mounds Museum – Registration and Coffee Lobby, 1st floor
9:00 a.m.
Welcome:   Mike Lemke, Director of UIS’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon and Mike Wiant, Director of Dickson Mounds Museum  

9:10 a.m.                    
Overview of the Emiquon Restoration – D. Blodgett
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Oral Session I –Ancient and Historic Perspectives of Emiquon’s Past
9:30 a.m.             Application of ancient ecology data
9:50 a.m.             Reconstructing pre-settlement vegetation
10:10 a.m.           Historical hydrology
10:30-10:50 a.m. 
Break – 1st floor café area  
10:50 a.m – 12:20 p.m.
Oral Session II:  The Recent Past at Emiquon
10:50 a.m.           Water and plankton
11:10 a.m.           Vegetation 
11:30 a.m.           Fish
11:50 a.m.           Waterfowl
12:10 p.m.           Plans for a Special Issue Publication – Jeff Walk
12:20-1:30 p.m.    
Lunch – Dickson Mounds Museum Activities Room
1:30-2:30 p.m.       
Oral Session III: 
Titles to be announced; based on abstract submissions -1st floor Dickson Mounds Museum
2:30-3:30 p.m.       
Poster Session:       
Titles to be announced; based on abstract submissions – 1st floor Dickson Mounds Museum
3:30 p.m.     
Keynote Address – Dr. Ian Billick     
Dickson Mounds Museum Auditorium
“The Ecology of Place:  Positioning Field Stations to Benefit Society”

Dr. Ian Billick, President of the Organization of Biological Field Stations and Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, will talk about the changing nature of field stations.  Field stations are moving from a focus on solving logistical issues (e.g., access to research sites and/or housing in remote areas) to becoming powerful platforms for understanding a complex world.  Sustained, place-based research provides opportunities for the emergence of model ecosystems.  These model ecosystem, by allowing inter- and intragenerational collaboration create opportunities for scientists to pursue complex biological phenoma, some of which occur on spatial and temporal scales that are not practically studied by any individual scientist.  The challenge of the future will be developing mechanisms by which we translate such knowledge into public benefit.

Dr. Ian Billick first started attending the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in 1988 as a student. He conducted his graduate work on ants in Virginia Basin, above Gothic, eventually receiving his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 1997. He held positions at the University of Houston and Truman State University before becoming the Executive Director of the RMBL in 2000. He lives in Crested Butte South with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Reithel, and his two sons, Cormac and Giles. He mountain bikes and loves skiing with his sons. He is quite interested in the interface between science and policy. 

The source of this summary and more information at:  http://rmbl.org/rockymountainbiolab/rmbl-staff.html
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.     
Concurrent Activities
• Tour of the Emiquon Preserve and UIS’s Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon  – Jason Beverlin
• “Behind the Scenes” at Dickson Mounds Museum – Dickson Mounds Museum