Wildlife Society Certification Application Workshop/Q&A

  • Tuesday— February 6, 2024:  1:00 -3:00pm
  • Salon 1 Ballroom
  • Free, pre-registration required
  • Led by Kelly Holland (GEI Consultants) AND Rhys Evans (Vandenberg Space Force Base) – TWS Certification Review Board

The Certification Workshop will begin with a 30-minute overview of certification, the application, and the process.  Following the presentation, we will answer questions you may have about your application. Bring a draft of your application (ideally including college transcripts), or just bring questions. Ask how, why and when to apply to become an Associate or Certified Wildlife Biologist.  One-on-one discussion is our intent, but that will depend upon how many people show up!   This is NOT intended as a formal session, it’s casual conversation; you do not need to be present for the full hour (but it is probably going to be ‘first come, first served.)

Publishing and Peer-Reviewing Scholarly Papers: Process, Pitfalls, and Responsibilities

  • Wednesday, February 7th – 8:00am to 10:00am
  • No extra fee, and no RSVP required
  • Santa Rosa/Sonoma Room
  • Chair: Rocky Gutierrez
  • Link to Handouts & Materials

I developed this workshop for the 2018 annual meeting because of Western Section of TWS members had requested a such a workshop to aid graduate students and young professionals in their quest to publish scholarly papers as well as review such papers for peer-reviewed journals.  Based on excellent criticism of last year’s workshop, I have revised this workshop to steam line the presentation.  Although it is intended for students and young professionals, experienced researchers may glean a few tidbits about this process as well as hear about some trends I see emerging in publishing research. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of the process of publishing and reviewing papers.  Researchers employ many strategies when publishing papers, so there is no magic strategy for success.  In this workshop, I will simply provide my perspective on things to consider when one is trying to publish a paper including selection of journals, how to interact with editors, and respond to reviewers. These are observations synthesized from my own experiences over several decades as an author, reviewer, and editor.  Therefore, I broad issues of “why publish, what to publish, when to publish, how to publish, and where to publish.”

A related activity in scientific publication is the professional responsibility to serve as a peer reviewer of scholarly papers written by others.  The peer-review system exists only because of volunteer peer-reviewers, so, if you publish, you have a professional obligation to serve as a peer reviewer.  Peer review is essential for maintaining the integrity of the scientific research.  In addition to being a professional obligation, there are many moral and ethical responsibilities associated with peer review that I will discuss.  I will also discuss such topics as the purpose of peer review, blind and double-blind review systems, the elements of a good review, how to comport yourself in developing your written review, how to detect scientifically or politically biased papers, and when you should recuse yourself from reviewing.

R. J. Gutiérrez is Professor and Gordon Gullion Chair Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul and Senior Scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been involved with peer-review and scientific publishing for nearly 50 years. During that time, he has served on the editorial board for 3 international journals, as an independent editor for many compendia, and as a reviewer of more than 1,000 papers.

Yoga Stretch & Move with Kelly Holland

  • Wednesday and Thursday, 7:00-8:00am 
  • Redwood Room Hallway
  • Free, all are welcome

Join us for a morning movement class to stretch our muscles and wake our bodies up! Nia blends the expressiveness of dance arts, the power of martial arts, and the wisdom of healing arts. This guided class will embody gentle and playful movements and graceful self-awareness. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music, and are adaptable to every age and fitness level. Come experience the joy of movement, and discover how Nia is expressive, healing, balancing, and powerful. Yoga mat is optional.

Bio: Kelly Fitzgerald-Holland holds a black belt in The Nia Technique, and has been teaching classes for over 18 years. She incorporates her other movement training, such as tai chi, yoga, and tribal-trance, into her classes. She creates a non-judgmental atmosphere in which to encourage, inspire, and support each individual’s pursuit of integrative body-mind-spirit awakening, healing, and empowerment.

Photo by Mandy Culpepper, from the 2019 Annual Meeting Wildlife Slideshow.