Plenary Sessions

Monday, 3 June 2024

Date/Time: Monday, 3 June, 2024, 10:45 to 12:30
Location: Madison Ballroom A

Dr. Susie Wood

Senior Scientist, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand

Presentation: Lakes 380 - environmental, social, and cultural histories of New Zealand lakes

Dr. Wood’s research is multidisciplinary and integrative, with the overarching goal of improving knowledge of freshwater ecosystems. It spans three broad areas: (i) toxic cyanobacteria dynamics in freshwater systems (both planktonic in lakes and benthic in rivers), (ii) the development and application of molecular techniques to monitor and understand aquatic systems, and (iii) integrating cutting edge techniques with more traditional paleolimnological approaches to guide future lake management and restoration.  She received the Kilham Lecture Award from the International Limnology Society in 2022 and the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society medal in 2019 for her outstanding contributions to freshwater science.

She recently co-led a large 6-year multidisciplinary project  ‘Our lakes’ health: past, present, future’ ( Using sediment coring, novel proxy analyses (environmental DNA, high-resolution core scanning), geochronology, and mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge) the team reconstructed water quality and lake health over the past 1000 years for about 10% of lakes in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Raymond L. Lindeman Award Talk

The Raymond L. Lindeman Award honors a young author for an outstanding peer-reviewed, English-language paper in the aquatic sciences. The 2024 Lindeman Award is being presented to Richard LaBrie (McGill University) for an innovative experimental approach that demonstrates that microbial communities strongly control the recalcitrance and fate of dissolved organic matter with implications for carbon exchange between the oceans and the atmosphere.

Tuesday, 4 June 2024

Date/Time: Tuesday, 4 June, 2024, 11:00 to 12:30
Location: Madison Ballroom A

Presentation: Incorporating Indigenous perspectives in water resources and fisheries policy and management

Dr. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson

Restoration Policy Manager – Ridges to Riffles

Dr. Stephanie Quinn-Davidson is a fisheries scientist and has worked in salmon fisheries for over a decade. Her work focuses on protecting and sustaining fisheries and those who depend on them and elevating Indigenous perspectives and voices in cultural and natural resource policy, management, and advocacy.

Stephanie is the Restoration Policy Manager for the indigenous conservation group, Ridges to Riffles, working with Tribes along the Klamath River on dam removal and river restoration. Most recently, Stephanie was the Program Director for Fisheries and Communities with Alaska Venture Fund, working with Tribes to capitalize on the once-in-a-lifetime federal funding opportunities and leveraging those opportunities with private philanthropic support. Prior to this work, Stephanie was the director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission with the Tanana Chiefs Conference and a fishery biologist, then a fishery manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on the Yukon River. Stephanie has served as an interim board member to the Certified Seafood Collective, was appointed to the Advisory Council for the University of Alaska – Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Oceans, and was the President of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Stephanie was also appointed to the Regional Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. She was previously selected as an Alaska Salmon Fellow. Before moving to Alaska, Stephanie was a professor in the Environmental Studies and Biology Departments at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Stephanie has a PhD in Limnology and Marine Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College.

Stephanie was born in Gresham, Wisconsin, and grew up in a rural area where she spent her childhood playing in the woods and on the rivers and lakes. Hunting and fishing were a big part of her upbringing and family tradition. She is an enrolled member of the Brothertown Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

Brooke Woods

Rampart Village Tribal Member

Brooke Woods is from Rampart, Alaska but currently lives in Fairbanks with children attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She received a Tribal Management Associate of Applied Science degree in the Spring of 2017 and is now completing a Bachelor of Arts in Fisheries Science. Brooke is employed with Woodwell Climate Research Center as the Climate Adaptation Specialist for the Permafrost Pathways project. Permafrost Pathways was launched in 2022 with funding from the TED Audacious Project—through a joint effort between Woodwell Climate Research Center, the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, and the Alaska Institute for Justice, Permafrost Pathways brings together leading experts in climate science, policy action, and environmental justice to inform and develop adaptation and mitigation strategies to address permafrost thaw.

She served as Executive Chair for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission for nearly six years before stepping down, a Tribal leadership role she valued. She supports the UAF Indigenizing Salmon Management project and the Tamamta Program as an advisor. The Indigenizing Salmon Management goal is to use a deeply participatory approach to document Indigenous values, knowledge, management, and governance structure around salmon throughout Alaska and to use the wisdom collected to improve the current salmon systems. Tamamta, a Yup’ik and Sugpiaq word meaning 'all of us', is centered on elevating 14,000+ years of Indigenous stewardship and bridging Indigenous and Western sciences to transform graduate education and research in fisheries and marine sciences.

She voluntarily serves as an advisor on the Yukon River Panel and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. Brooke and her children enjoy spending most of their free time back home in Rampart fishing, hunting, and gathering.

Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award Talk

The Yentsch-Schindler Early Career Award honors an early-career scientist for outstanding and balanced contributions to research, science training, and broader societal issues such as resource management, conservation, policy, and public education. Hilary Dugan (University of Wisconsin - Madison) is the 2024 Yentsch-Schindler Award winner for her exceptional, balanced contributions to our understanding of salinization of freshwater ecosystems and winter limnology, and for her commitment to scientific mentorship and impact-creation via proactive, open-science translation to resource managers and the public.

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

Date/Time: Wednesday, 5 June, 2024, 11:00 to 12:30
Location: Madison Ballroom A

Dr. Elena Bennett

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Science, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Presentation: Ecosystem services and good Anthropocenes

Dr. Elena Bennett directs NSERC ResNet, a pan-Canadian network designed to support Canada's capacity to monitor, model, and manage its working landscapes and seascapes (and all the ecosystem services they provide) for the long-term shared health, prosperity, and resilience for all Canadians through community-engaged research. Her research focuses on understanding and managing for multifunctional working landscapes via a better understanding of the relationships between people, ecosystems, and the provision of ecosystem services. She earned her MSc (Land Resources) and PhD (Limnology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is thrilled to be “coming home” for this conference.

Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award Talk

The Alfred C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award honors major, long-term achievements in the fields of limnology and oceanography, including research, education, and service to the community and society. The recipient of the 2024 A.C. Redfield Lifetime Achievement Award is John Smol (Queen's University) for leadership in the development and application of the field of paleolimnology; his work has established the use of lake sediment records and indicator species to identify water quality problems, monitor ecosystem fluctuations, and to track changing climate.

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Date/Time: Thursday, 6 June, 2024, 11:00 to 12:30
Location: Madison Ballroom A

Dan Egan

Brico Fund Journalist in Residence at the Center for Water Policy

Science writer and author of ‘The Devil’s Element’

Dan Egan is the Brico Fund Journalist in Residence at the Center for Water Policy in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. Egan was previously the Great Lakes reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is author of the “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” winner of the LA Times book prize, and 2023's "The Devil's Element: phosphorus and a world out of balance." He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Columbia School of Journalism.

He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.

Ruth Patrick Award Talk

The Ruth Patrick Award honors scientists who have applied the aquatic sciences towards solving critical environmental problems. Bernard W. Sweeney (Stroud Water Research Center) is the 2024 Ruth Patrick Award winner for a wide range of outstanding scientific achievements focused on root causes of degradation in aquatic ecosystems and for ensuring that these findings resulted in improved management and restoration.

Friday, 7 June 2024

Date/Time: Friday, 7 June, 2024, 11:00 to 12:30
Location: Madison Ballroom A

Dr. Ariane Peralta

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, East Carolina University

Presentation: Microbial wetland ecology, environmental justice

Ariane Peralta, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biology at East Carolina University located in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. Peralta and the research team examine how climate and human-induced environmental changes modify nutrient and water cycles to influence microbial communities at the land-water interface using laboratory, field, and modeling approaches. Current projects examine climate change effects on plant-microbe interactions and carbon and nitrogen cycling processes in urban, freshwater, and coastal wetlands. As a National Science Foundation CAREER awardee, Peralta’s scholar-teacher approach increases student access to research opportunities focused on applying ecological principles to address critical environmental problems that require microbiome management. Peralta is an active mentor for graduate students and undergraduate students to enable enriching research experiences in preparation for graduate pathways and careers in STEM. In addition, Peralta conducts interdisciplinary microbiome research and collaborates with economists, engineers, geologists, and anthropologists to understand how ecological systems interact with human systems to better predict ecosystem responses to environmental changes. The interdisciplinary team uses environmental monitoring and data science approaches to support community-engaged research to empower coastal communities to collaboratively tackle local environmental challenges.

John H. Martin Award Talk

Paul Hanson, research professor at the Center For Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on March 16, 2011. Hanson is a recipient of a 2011 Academic Staff Award.

The John H. Martin Award recognizes a paper in aquatic science that is judged to have had a high impact on subsequent research in the field. The paper "Lake metabolism: Relationships with dissolved organic carbon and phosphorus" by Paul Hanson (University of Wisconsin - Madison) is the 2024 Martin Award winner in recognition for showing that lakes experience seasonal net heterotrophy, except in cases of high phosphorus and high primary production.

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