Continuing Education Courses Available

Smith-Root Electrofishing Workshop

MIAFS and Smith-Root are collaborating to host an electrofishing continuing education workshop on September 27th and 28th, 2022 at the University Center of Gaylord in Gaylord, MI.  The Smith-Root Electrofishing Principles and Safety workshop will provide training applicable to backpack, barge, and boat electrofishing equipment with classroom instruction and hands-on training with backpack and barge systems. The field portion will include a demonstration of proper setup of electrofishing equipment. The group will then head to a local stream with backpack and barge electrofishing gear and execute learned techniques and practices. Additional information can be found on the Smith-Root website: See registration information here.

Rstudio / Intro to the Tidyverse Virtual Workshop

This workshop will introduce participants to fundamentals of data visualization as well as tidying, managing, manipulating, and visualizing data using R statistical software. On Day 1, the workshop would start with an introduction to R and RMarkdown formatting to ensure participants have necessary background before proceeding. RMarkdown is a format used to create reports as .pdfs, .docx, and .html that could be used for sharing among collaborators. Following the introduction to R, fundamentals of data visualization would be covered including appropriate matching of data and figure types and color schemes. On Day 2, the workshop will focus on the process of data management and visualization. This process includes starting with raw data and cleaning, organizing, summarizing, and visualizing that dataset. This process will use Tidyverse packages in R which is a suite of packages and functions that are more user friendly than BaseR functions because they read as text. Most tools to manipulate and visualize data will use packages such as dplyr, readr, tidyr, stringr, and ggplot2. Functions within these packages will allow participants to learn the process of moving from raw data to publication-quality visualizations. We will emphasize visualization aesthetics that produce publication-quality figures for AFS journals. Datasets used during the workshop will be fisheries specific to maximize applicability to participants.

Writing code in any language takes practice, so this workshop is meant as an introduction to the process of writing code while thinking about the data management and visualization needs to produce a high-quality end product. Using this process, the goal of this workshop is for participants to increase their proficiency in coding and understanding of the data management process. The workshop will be set-up as modules (~ 1 hour long each) that include lecture and guided examples followed by independent or team exercises. Each module and exercise will build off previous modules to reinforce material.

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Mussel Identification Workshop

This 2-day workshop will review the basics of (1) freshwater mussel identification, (2) reconnaissance, semiquantitative and quantitative mussel surveys as required by the State of Michigan/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey protocols for projects in rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and for reservoir drawdowns, and (3) recommended survey procedures for special situations like mussel kill investigations. Day 1 will consist of a half day of lectures on mussel identification and practice with shells, and a half day of field work practicing mussel identification. Day 2 will consist of a half day of lectures on survey techniques and a half day in the field practicing survey techniques and mussel identification. Field guides will be available to participants.

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Database Management

More information coming soon!

Please contact Stacey Ireland or Dan Traynor if you are interested in organizing a course.