Oral Sessions - Monday October 15, 2018

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Celebrating Milestones: Building a Legacy for the Future Conference Hosts

Invasive Species Collaboration - the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Role Samantha Simon, Invasive Species Coordinator, United States Department of Agriculture

Citizen Science: The Benefits and Challenges of Using Volunteers for Invasive Species Monitoring and Management Alicia Crall, Educator and Program Evaluator, National Ecological Observatory Network

Using the Grass Carp Ecological Risk Assessment to Inform Management Actions in Canada Becky Cudmore, Regional Manager, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Pêches et Océans Canada




Great Lakes Briefs on Invasive Organisms Traded in Commerce (GL BIOTIC): Using Local Events as Alternatives to Pet and Plant Release Tim Campbell, Univ. of Wisconsin Sea Grant; Doug Jensen, Univ. of Minnesota Sea Grant; Greg Hitzroth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant; Scott Hardin, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Identification of Native and Invasive Aquatic Plants of the Upper Midwest Paul Skawinski, UW-Extension Lakes Program; Eddie Heath, Onterra, LLC; Michelle Nault, Wisconsin DNR

Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Steve Eggers, US Army Corps of Engineers; Patricia Trochlell, Wisconsin DNR



Boating Safety for AIS Professionals David Sullivan-Nightengale, US Coast Guard Auxiliary

A Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species Pathways Priority: Outreach to Waterfowl Hunters Jeanne Scherer, UW Extension and WI DNR; Samantha Olsen, WI DNR; Chris Hamerla, Golden Sands RC&D

Angler Awareness and Action: Preventing the Spread of New Zealand Mudsnails Samantha Stanton, Michigan State Univ.; Daniel Hayes, Michigan State Univ.; Seth Herbst, Michigan DNR

Furbearer Trapper: Invasive Species Outreach & Detection Opportunities Chris Hamerla, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Engaging a Diverse Audience in AIS: Non-Motorized Boater Outreach Leah Elwell and Robert Wiltshire, Invasive Species Action Network



AIS Curriculum in the Classroom Anna Cisar, Cynthia Solinski, Alicia Razvi, Bianca Settimi, Kassidy O’Donnell, Amy Thorstenson, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.

Prevention Through Education: Aquatic Invasive Species Education for Middle School Students Jessica Hendrix, Prairie Ecology Bus Center

Learning From Lake County: Engaging Youth in Authentic Invasive Species Science Rebecca Meyer, Univ. of Minnesota Extension; Tracey Anderson, Univ. of Minnesota Extension; Sonja Smerud, Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District

Minnesota 4-H Aquatic Robotics - Youth Making a Difference in AIS Education Brian McNeill, Suzanne Souza, and Patrick Jirik, Univ. of Minnesota Extension; Cara Gregar, Minnesota DNR

Equipping the Decision-Makers of Tomorrow for Conservation-Sake Sophie Monfette, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters




Strategies for Manual Removal of Invasive Species Chris Hamerla, Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.; Paul Skawinski, Univ. of Wisconsin Extension-Lakes



Engaging Pet and Water Garden Retailers to Reduce Aquatic Invasive Species Introductions Paige Filice and Jo Latimore, Michigan State Univ.

Habitattitude in the Classroom Douglas Jensen, Univ. of Minnesota Sea Grant Program; Terri Hallesy, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program; Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant Program

Don’t Let It Loose Program: Addressing the Threat of Released Pets Leah Elwell, Invasive Species Action Network

Aquarium Retailer Engagement Program for AIS Prevention in Illinois Greg Hitzroth, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois Natural History Survey; Pat Charlebois, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois Natural History Survey



We’ve Got Issues: Invasive Forest Pests in the Southeastern US David Coyle, Clemson Univ.

Invasive Species Moving In, Out, and Around the Forests of the Western United States Andrew Graves, Tom Coleman, Allen White, Robbie Flowers, USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection; Steve Seybold, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

Priority Invasive Pests for Minnesota’s Forests and Strategic Research Investments Robert Venette, USDA Forest Service & Univ. of Minnesota; Heather Koop, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, Univ. of Minnesota

Current and Emerging Threats to Canada’s Forests Tracey Cooke and David Nisbet, Invasive Species Centre



DNA Concentration and Extraction Method Affect the Molecular Detection of Rare Targets Craig Jackson, Jon Amberg, US Geological Survey-Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center

Pairing Traditional Biological Assessment with DNA-Based Tools for AIS Early-Detection Monitoring Anett Trebitz, Chelsea Hatzenbuhler, Joel Hoffman, Christy Meredith, Greg Peterson, US EPA Office of Research and Development, Mid-Continent Ecology Division; John Martinson, Sara Okum, Erik Pilgrim, US EPA Office of Research and Development

An Evaluation of Metabarcoding to Determine Community Assemblage and Detection of Invasive Fishes Yer Lor, Sunnie G. McCalla, Jon J. Amberg, US Geological Survey

Laboratory Comparison of Biomeme and Benchtop qPCR for Larval Sea Lamprey eDNA Rebecca Philips and Shawn Nowicki, US Fish & Wildlife Service; Todd Steeves, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Jon Amberg, US Geological Survey; Matt Symbal and Robert Frank, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Invasive Carp eDNA on the Wabash River in Indiana: Looking at Seasonal Trends and Habitat use Relating to Land Use Patterns Chris Merkes, Tariq Tajjioui, Theresa Schreier, Richard Erickson, Erin Hoy, and John C. Nelson, US Geological Survey; Megan L. Gunn and Reuben R. Goforth, Purdue Univ.; Jon J. Amberg, US Geological Survey



Demographics, Activities, and Concerns of Minnesota Lake Associations Michelle Marko, Concordia College; Mona Ibrahim, Concordia College; Jeff Forester, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates; Matt Zabel, Concordia College; Benjamin Bjertness, Concordia College

Landowner Conservation Associations: Habitat Game Changer Mark Horn, Conservation Digest / Conservation Media LLC

Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant Update Emilie Justen, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture

Getting Good Work Done Helps Undergraduates Build a Professional Portfolio Marte Kitson, Univ. of Minnesota Sea Grant Program

How You Can Empower Youth as a Voice of Change Rebecca Meyer, Univ. of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development Valley Technology Park; Margo Bowerman, Univ. of Minnesota, Center for Youth Development