Florida Everglades: SEI Multi-species Avian Summit
SEI is convening a multi-species avian summit aimed at helping advance the restoration and recovery effort for the Florida Everglades. This summit is at the request of the Department of Interior and the South Florida Everglades Restoration Task Force. This is a scientific effort to help reach a common understanding of the science, and communicate this science to all parties, including decision makers. An external panel of scientific experts will review material presented by scientists whose research and expertise has contributed to our understanding of the ecosystem. There will be questions and answer sessions.
On March 17-19 we will convent the first part of a two-phase event. This will consist of a workshop to articulate, analyze, and synthesize the scientific information. This will take place at the Westin Resort in Key Largo. The next phase will consist of a second workshop to focus on articulating and integrating scientific information.
Visit this link for more information and agenda.
NEW- Go here for a short report on the first workshop.
Full details of the main highlights of 2002, and the important new projects and changes can be found in the New SEI Update
Are marine reserves effective for conservation and restoring fish
NMFS Issues Biological Opinion on Columbia River Channel
Telluride Final Report Released
"All land use decisions should start with a sound understanding of the science and ecology. I congratulate the residents of Telluride and the scientists for taking this important step."
Dr. Rex Sallabanks invited to speak at two plenary
SEIís peer review program continues to gain momentum. Executed through the Instituteís Conservation Science Network, SEI currently has a number of peer review efforts in progress, including review of critical habitat for plants listed under ESA (at the request of USFWS). USFWS has joined SEIís peer review efforts undertaking a pilot program in which the Institute coordinates outside scientific peer review of Service ESA decisions and plans.
Dr. Kate Sullivan gave a presentation entitled 'The River Runs Through It... Considering the Watershed' to the American Fisheries Society in Corvallis, Oregon on November 13, 2001. You can view the presentation here.
Telluride Colorado, San Miguel Headwaters-Valley Floor project: SEI scientists completed their invertebrate and plant survey of montane and wetland habitats surrounding Telluride. Concurrently scientists completed their exhaustive scientific review. A report combing the results of the field research, and analysis and synthesis of existing information is due at the end of November.
Marine Protected Areas in the Caribbean: Dr. Deborah Brosnan recently returned from St. Barthelemy where she worked with the Marine Reserve to start implementing the next phase of monitoring and research phase with St. Barthelemy Marine Reserve. Her report will be available here soon.
Scientific peer review of the Columbia River Project was completed in October. Headed by Dr. Steven Courtney, and staffed by Dr. Tatiana Boyle and Wendy Hudson, this project drew extensively on the SEIís scientific panels for in-process review. A team of seven independent scientists carried out review and met formally and in public to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of deepening the Columbia River navigation channel.
Dr. Steven Courtney led a scientific evaluation and review of the San Bruno Mountain HCP. His work involved field evaluation of techniques, and analytical calculations involving other SEI scientists. His report has helped to refine techniques so that critical management questions can be addressed.
Dr. Deborah Brosnan testifies on the use of scientific peer review under the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday, May 9, 2001. Her testimony will be heard by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water. View print copy of the presentation here.
SEI staff are working with the Port of Portland and several federal agencies on the Columbia River Project. The project is using an independent, scientific, peer-review process to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of deepening the Columbia River navigation channel.
SEI staff are working with a citizens group in Telluride, Colorado, on the San Miguel Headwaters to Valley Floor Project. This project is helping to document the scientific knowledge of the region through exhaustive scientific literature reviews and on-the-ground fieldwork.
Melissa Powers, a third-year law student at Lewis and Clark College's Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, recently completed An Overview of Environmental Laws Governing Wetlands Development in Telluride, Colorado". This 30-page report is a comprehensive analysis of the legal and regulatory framework governing the development of wetlands in Telluride, Colorado. Its purpose is to help the citizens of Telluride make informed land use decisions for the Valley Floor.
Visit the newly updated Forest Ecosystems Program website, and learn about SEI's continuing efforts to conserve some of the world's most valuable ecosystems.
SEI has joined with Lewis and Clark College's Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, to offer a course in marine ecology and marine law in June 2001 in Friday Harbor, Washington. Contact email@example.com for details.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has joined SEI's peer review efforts, undertaking a trial program in which the Institute will coordinate outside scientific reviews of Service decisions and plans. To read the memo announcing this partnership, click here. For more on SEI's Peer Review program and its participating scientists, visit our Services section
SEI's new Watershed Analysis and Ecosystem Functions program will go
online soon. To get a sneak-preview, download our recent report on the effects of
environmental temperature on salmon,, by Dr. Kate Sullivan et
Can peer review help solve natural resources conflicts? Dr. Deborah Brosnan considers this problem in an article published in the latest Issues in Science and Technology, the journal of the National Academy of Sciences.
SEI has begun a project to evaluate the biodiversity and
ecosystem functions of the upper San Miguel river valley outside of
Telluride, Colorado. Efforts on the ground thus far have included a
preliminary survey of arthropod biodiversity in the area, led by Dr. Terry Erwin of the
Smithsonian Institution, who has joined SEI as an Associate.
The Intertidal Monitoring Program begins again this year at the low tide on Earth Day.This program is designed to combine rigorous science and volunteer monitoring at Yaquina Head Oregon.
SEI President, Dr. Deborah Brosnan is awarded a Whitely Scholar and will be in residence on San Juan Island to complete her book on the ocean.
The Conservation Science Panel has been updated. With 200 respected scientists on board, the network is growing in strength. Panel scientists are actively working on six major and numerous smaller projects.
SEI's Population Viability Analysis for the Montserrat Oriole was used as the basis for bringing a number of animals to safety. The analysis was carried out jointly by SEI scientists and SEI's panel scientists
Makah Whale Hunt: The Spring hunt has begun. SEI continues to hope for peaceful resolution to meet ecological, economic, and traditional goals Updated information
SEI welcomes scientists, author, and environmental leaders Paul Ehrlich and Don Kennedy to its board of Science Trustees
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation recently awarded a $485,000 grant to SEI to support it's forest restoration and songbird monitoring program run by Dr. Rex Sallabanks Director. Thanks to NFWF for their support.
SEI helped secure the long term protection of the Loomis forest, 25,000 acres of mostly roadless wildlands in Washington State by providing pro-bono independent peer review. Read more. SEI's Peer Review
Our thanks to the Rose Tucker foundation for their recent and generous support of SEI's Science and Policy Forum.
SEI has recently increased its efforts to help define the role of science in environmental policy and management decisions. Visit the new Science and Conservation Policy page, under Projects and Programs, and read the minutes of the workshop Habitat Conservation Plans: The Way Forward, held in Santa Barbara in April.
SEI needs volunteer interns in their Portland office.
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