2018 Talks

14th North American Arctic Goose Conference Plenary Topics

1. Wintering and Staging Ecology.

This session will honor the late Vernon Bevill of Texas, a long-time supporter of goose research in North America.  This session will consider all issues associated with wintering and staging of geese including the impact of agriculture and changing distributions of wintering and staging geese.  The plenary speaker will be Mark Vrtiska.  Kevin Kraai is coordinating the session.

2. Human Dimensions.

hunting, harvest and social science perspectives.  This session will consider the human side of hunting, harvest and management. The plenary speaker will be Andy Raedeke.  Rod Brook is coordinating the session.

3. Herbivory: the trophic dynamics of geese and their food supply.

This session will consider all aspects of phenology, match/mismatch and foraging energetics.  The plenary speaker will be Joel Schmutz.  Scott McWilliams is coordinating the session.

4. Movement and spatial ecology

This session will consider all aspects of the distribution and movement of geese including the efficacy of the latest technology.  The plenary speaker will be Mitch Weegman.  Dave Koons is coordinating the session.

5. Carryover and Cross-seasonal effects.

This session will consider body condition, behavior, response to agriculture and population limitations of annual cycle events. The plenary speaker will be Stuart Bearhop.  Tony Fox is coordinating the session.

6. Effects of geese on other species in the Arctic.

This session will consider all aspects of trophic interactions involving geese.  The plenary speaker will be Joël Bêty.  Gilles Gauthier is coordinating the session.

These sessional topics and suggested content are meant as a guide for the scientific program.  All abstracts for proposed oral presentations will be evaluated by the NAAG Science Committee and fit into the program if enough slots are available.  All those not accepted for oral presentation will be automatically accepted for a poster presentation.