Copper River Delta Science Symposium set for March 27-29

Research fisheries biologist Gordon Reeves of the U.S. Forest Service in Corvallis, Ore., will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Copper River Delta Science Symposium March 27-29 at the Cordova Center.

Reeves’ expertise is in freshwater ecology of anadromous salmon and trout, conservation biology of those fish, impacts of climate change on aquatic ecosystems and associated biota and aquatic aspects of landscape ecology.  He first came to the Copper River Delta as a fisheries biologist in 1987.

The complete agenda and abstracts on presentations are online at

The Copper River Delta is the largest contiguous wetland on the Pacific coast of North American and an important region for fish and wildlife, including vital salmon habitat, key shorebird stopover and breeding site and the primary nesting area for Dusky Canada Geese.

Organizers with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program said symposium would focus on the delta as a system, covering topics from hydrology and geomorphology to avian nesting ecology and trophic relationships.

The symposium is a cooperative effort of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program , the Cordova Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service; Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Prince William Sound Science Center, Native Village of Eyak, and the Copper River Watershed Project.  Co-chairs of the steering committee are Sea Grant’s Torie Baker and Erin Cooper of the Cordova Ranger District.

Registration online for the symposium at

The cost is $75.

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