2014 AAUS Symposium Proceedings

Thank you to all our participants and sponsors for a great meeting!  You may download an electronic copy of the proceedings here.

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2014 Kevin Flanagan Student Travel Award

The 2014 AAUS Foundation's  Kevin Flanagan Student Travel Award has been awarded to Lauren Bell and Sonia Ibarra from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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AAUS Certification Program

AAUS Certification program information and registration forms can be found here.

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2014 AAUS/OWUSS Internship

Follow the blog of the 2014 AAUS/OWUS Intern, Katy Newcomer, as she gets her feet wet at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. 

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Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".

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Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis Institutional Pricing

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis have gratiously extended their institutional pricing to all AAUS organizations.  Follow the link for more information and access to the price lists.

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Analysis of Multivariate Data from Ecology and Environmental Science
    09/15/14 - 09/19/14

Analysis of Multivariate Data from Ecology and Environmental Science, using PRIMER 

Weedon Island Preserve Visitors’ Center, St Petersburg FL, USA, September 15-19, 2014 
 

%u25CF This five day workshop will cover the statistical analysis of assemblage data (species by samples matrices of abundance, area cover etc) and/or multi-variable environmental data which arise in a wide range of applications in environmental science and ecology, from environmental impact assessments, through basic studies in community ecology and biodiversity monitoring, to analysis of biomarkers, water quality indices, physico-chemical variables, etc 
%u25CF Based on the PRIMER package (Plymouth Routines In Multivariate Ecological Research), a worldwide standard software tool with > 10,000 citations in the refereed literature, found in > 800 journal titles, in marine, freshwater & terrestrial ecology, oceanography, microbial ecology, soil & vegetation science, fisheries, agriculture, forestry, conservation, environmental management, molecular biology & genetics, toxicology, and many other disciplines. 
%u25CF The workshop covers definitions of similarity, clustering (CLUSTER), ordination by non-metric multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) and principal components analysis (PCA), hypothesis testing on similarity matrices (ANOSIM) and other permutation tests (RELATE), linking biotic patterns to environmental variables (BEST), identifying species responsible for the observed community pattern (SIMPER, BEST), comparison of ordinations (2STAGE, eg 2nd stage MDS), dominance curves and (bio)diversity indices, including measures based on taxonomic relatedness of species (TAXDTEST). All other features of PRIMER are also covered: choice between over 50 (dis)similarity measures, including dispersion-weighted and relatedeness-based coefficients, 'exploratory' permutation tests for structure in a priori unstructured samples (SIMPROF) and optimal biota-environment relationships (the latter also examined by a non-parametric form of multivariate regression tree, LINKTREE). Also covered are hypothesis tests for dominance curves (DOMDIS), SIMPER analyses for 2-way layouts and abiotic variables, ordination diagnostics, missing data algorithms for environmental data, merging of non-matching species lists, and many other features 
%u25CF Also briefly covered (though not in full detail, since that requires another 5-day course!) will be the ‘add-on’ PERMANOVA routines to PRIMER, which add 'semi-parametric' multivariate analyses, e.g. the extension of permutation tests to complex designs (PERMANOVA), regression (DISTLM) and dispersion tests (PERMDISP). 
%u25CF The workshop will be given by Professor K Robert Clarke (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK; Murdoch Univ, W Australia). Bob is the instigator of the PRIMER methodology and has been developing, publishing and lecturing about new techniques for statistical analysis in community ecology, biodiversity and environmental science for over three decades. He will also use the opportunity of the week to introduce attendees to a number of new PRIMER techniques, which have been recently published or which are in the process of being so. 
%u25CF ‘Hands-on’ lab sessions will use real literature case studies, analysed with PRIMER. Participants are also encouraged to bring some of their own data to the course. The emphasis throughout is on practical application and interpretation, the theoretical aspects (e.g. the multivariate statistical methods which are the core of the course) being carefully selected to be those that are simple to describe and understand. No prior statistical knowledge is assumed. 
%u25CF The workshop will be held in a classroom in the Weedon Island Preserve Visitor’s Center, 1800 Weedon Island Drive NE, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702 (www.weedonislandpreserve.org)
. Information on nearby hotels, parking for workshop participants etc can be sought from the local organiser, Walt Jaap, wjaap@tampabay.rr.com, but note that it is the participant’s responsibility to arrange and pay for their own accommodation - this is not included within the course fee. 
%u25CF The course will take place in a meeting room, not a computer laboratory, so participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers to use during the lab sessions, analysing literature data sets and some of their own data (with Bob’s help). Not every participant needs a laptop and you may prefer to share with a colleague – one machine between two people is very workable (in fact, has some benefits in terms of livelier interactions!). Laptops will require a registered single-user PRIMER licence already installed, or purchased (at a discount) for delivery and installation at the start of the workshop, which is normally very fast and simple (note that we will not install PRIMER temporarily on any laptop). A CD/DVD drive and administrator access is required for installation. PRIMER is a Windows-only product, running under any modern Windows version, requiring minimal disk space (it is a .Net application); versions will install automatically for either 32 or 64-bit machines. There is no native Mac version, though it runs well under Parallels etc. 

 

Workshop costs 
%u25CF Course fee: $1000 ($700 for full-time students) for a full five days. The fee includes a new edition of the course book, snacks at breaks and light lunches, but not the cost of PRIMER software, accommodation or other main meals. 
%u25CF Software licence for PRIMER. The PRIMER software will be used throughout and, to register, participants are expected to either already have purchased a single-user licence for this version, or to purchase it in connection with the course* (otherwise what is the point in learning how to use the software?). The below are single-user licence fees for participants (at 20% discount on list price - they subsume any further discounts for bulk purchase). The usual additional carriage charges will also be waived if software is picked up at the start of the workshop. 
New academic, single-user licence (i.e. universities and colleges only): $400 
New public sector, single-user licence (state/federal labs, museums, 'not-for-profits' etc): $600 
New private sector, single-user licence (fully commercial activity): $800 
PERMANOVA can additionally be ordered** at standard list prices ($250/$375/$500) for delivery at the workshop 
A courier charge (e.g. $40 for PRIMER) will be added if software is required to be sent in advance of the workshop 
* An exception can be made for a student who will, in future, use a (shared) lab-based PC in a student research lab (and that machine has a registered single-user licence), or they will be using a teaching lab PC covered by a teaching licence at their university 
** The PERMANOVA add-on licence is not mandatory for this course - the routines will only be discussed and demonstrated, and not the subject of entire lab sessions 

Contact and Registration 
%u25CF Contact the local organiser, Walt Jaap, e-mail: wjaap@tampabay.rr.com, phone: 727-896-0521. Walt can e-mail you a detailed schedule for the workshop and a registration form, and can answer queries from non-locals on possible hotels. 
%u25CF However, registration for the course is solely through PRIMER-E in Plymouth, UK. You can register for the course by e-mailing, posting or faxing (as appropriate) the completed registration form back to Cathy or Marg at the PRIMER-E office, primer@primer-e.com, phone: 44 1752 837121 or fax: 44 1752 837721 (these are international calls from a US phone, usually requiring 011 before the UK country code of 44), or postal address: PRIMER-E Ltd, 3 Meadow View, Lutton, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 9RH, UK. Please do not send credit card numbers by e-mail. This form must be accompanied by payment (e.g. a dollar check, Mastercard/Visa credit card details or bank transfer) or an institutional Purchase Order, for both the course and software fees, if the latter are needed. Cards will be debited on receipt of the registration form, or later if requested, but no later than the payment deadline of August 8, 2014. Please make sure your card issuer will not block payment of the requisite amount to a UK-registered company, PRIMER-E Ltd, listed as a software vendor. On receiving a Purchase Order, the PRIMER-E office will send an invoice due for payment by the deadline of August 8. If you require a Proforma Invoice (a formal quote) in order to raise a Purchase Order in the first place, please contact Cathy or Marg. 

%u25CF Places are limited and the workshop can cater for 30 participants: places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration (not order of request for registration form), with payment or purchase order. Registrations after the payment deadline will be accepted, space permitting. Clearly, credit card numbers or cheques will not be processed unless a participant has been allocated a definite place. 

 

AAUS Scholarship Recipients Announced
    10/01/11

AAUS Scholarship Recipients are announced today.

International Mesophotic Workshop in Eilat
    10/26/14 - 10/31/14

Tel-Aviv University & the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat will be conducting a one week intensive workshop from October 26-31, 2014. This workshop is designed for scientists and students who interested in mesophotic and deep environments. Please note the last day for abstract submissions. More information at www.mceisrael.com.

 

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2015 AAUS Board of Directors Position
    08/28/14

AAUS Board of Directors Position

There will be at least one Appointed Director position open on the AAUS Board of Directors starting January 12015.  Appointed Directors are appointed by the President with the approval of the BoD and must be full members in good standing.  If you are interested in serving on the Board or have any questions, please contact Amy Moran (President, morana@hawaii.edu), Rick Gomez (President–Elect, rgomez@rsmas.miami.edu), or the AAUS office(aaus@disl.org).

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