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Symposium Program

Arctic Biodiversity in Canada and Beyond

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Optional Activities

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tour
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Visit our research and collections facility. The tour will be in English. Transportation is available from the museum in Ottawa to the collections and back again. When you buy your ticket to the symposium, you will have the opportunity to register.

Visit the Museum—Free Admission
pm – 9 pm
Don't miss our Canada Goose Arctic Gallery and the included exhibition Quilalukkat! Belugas and Inuvialuit: Our Survival Together. General admission to the permanent galleries is free on Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Symposium—Arctic Biodiversity in Canada and Beyond

The speakers will present in English.

8 am: Registration

8:30 am: Opening Remarks and Welcome

  • Meg Beckel, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature
  • Jeff Saarela, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration

8:45 am: Keynote Speaker
Tom Barry, Executive Secretary, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) – Conservation of Arctic wildlife: Arctic Council and Canada

9:30 am: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Arctic I

  • A Third of a Million km2 of Biodiversity: Parks Canada’s Arctic Sites—Stephen McCanny, Parks Canada
  • Arctic BIOSCAN: A DNA Barcoding Platform for Community-Based Biodiversity Monitoring in the Canadian Arctic—Alex Borisenko, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph
  • Biotic Interactions Govern the Distribution of Coexisting Ungulates in the Arctic Archipelago: A Case for Conservation Planning—Deborah Jenkins, Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program, Trent University
  • Sharing Arctic Knowledge with Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast Via the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC)—Elizabeth McCrea, ANHMC

10:30 am: Networking Break

  • Posters
  • Refreshments provided.

11 am: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Arctic II

  • Navigating the New Arctic: Challenges and Opportunities—Kendra McLauchlan, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation
  • "Arctic Crashes": People, Animals and Climate in the Changing North—Igor Krupnik, Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
  • Plastic Pollution in the Arctic: Assessing Fate and Effects of Litter and Microplastics in Arctic Biota—Jennifer Provencher, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Complex Effects of Predation on Arctic Rodents – Dominique Fauteux, Canadian Museum of Nature

12 pm: Lightning Talks
Up to 30 symposium participants will deliver a one-minute presentation of their work in the Arctic.

12:30 pm: Lunch

  • Posters
  • Museum visit—Don't miss the Canada Goose Arctic Gallery
  • Lunch provided.

2:30 pm: Climate Change in the Arctic
An overview of climate change in the Arctic, which will set the stage for discussion about climate change and Arctic biodiversity.

2:50 pm: Arctic Biodiversity and Climate Change—Breakout Session
Arctic Climate Change and Associated Impacts and Risks—Stephan Gruber, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University

3:20 pm: Arctic Biodiversity and Climate Change—Discussion
Each group from the previous session shares ideas arising from their discussions.

3:50 pm: Moderated Open Discussion
An opportunity for participants to raise and discuss issues relating to Arctic biodiversity.

4:20 pm: Closing Remarks
Mark Graham, Vice-President, Research and Collections, Canadian Museum of Nature

4:30 pm – 6 pm: Closing Reception

  • Posters
  • Cash bar
  • Refreshments provided.