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USGS Winter 2012 Seminar Series Schedule
Oregon Water Science Center

Brown Bag Seminars are usually held on Tuesdays from noon to 1 pm. The seminars are informal and are open to the public. Bring your lunch. The USGS Oregon Water Science Center office is located in Portland at 2130 SW 5th Ave. Directions to the USGS office are posted at

If you would like to be notified of upcoming seminars via email, then please sign up for the online mailing list at: The online mailing list also will be used to notify its members of seminar cancellations or other schedule changes.

Note: The following schedule is subject to change. Please check this page or call 503-251-3200 prior to attending a seminar. This schedule can be downloaded from

*Disclaimer -- The research, opinions, and materials expressed by presenters are solely of the individuals and are not reflective of the Oregon Water Science Center, the U.S. Geological Survey, or the U.S. Department of the Interior.

January 10
Noon to 1 pm

Smells Like Dead Reservoir:
the October 26, 2011 Decommissioning of Condit Dam

Jim O'Connor

Research Hydrologist
USGS Oregon Water Science Center
[professional page]

January 17
Noon to 1 pm

due to inclement weather

Jacob Hamblin

Assistant Professor of Environmental History
Oregon State University
[professional page]

January 24
Noon to 1 pm

Statewide Toxics Monitoring Strategy: Programs, Focus, and Future

Lori Pillsbury

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
[LPillsbury watch video*] [download video]

January 31
Noon to 1 pm

The Art of Communicating Climate Science

Anna Fahey

Communications Strategist
Sightline Institute
[professional page]
[AFahey watch video*] [download video]

February 7
Noon to 1 pm

Use of Continuous Monitors and Autosamplers to Predict Unmeasured Water-Quality Constituents in Tributaries of the Tualatin River, Oregon

Chauncey Anderson

USGS Oregon Water Science Center
[professional page] [report]
[CAnderson watch video*] [download video]

February 14
Noon to 1 pm

The ecology of the chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in amphibian habitats

Tara Chestnut

STEP hydrologist and PhD student
USGS Oregon Water Science Center and OSU
[professional page] [abstract]

February 21
Noon to 1 pm

Environmental Stressors in Freshwater Ecoystems: Consequences for Communities and Conservation

Angela Strecker

Associate Professor
Dept. of Environmental Sciences and Management
Portland State University
[professional page] [abstract]
[AStrecker watch video*] [download video]

February 28
Noon to 1 pm

On Mount Hood: A Biography of Oregon's Perilous Peak

Jon Bell

[the book] [professional page]
[JBell watch video*] [download video]

March 6
Noon to 1 pm

Building Science into Stakeholder-Driven Decision-Support Processes

Mike Mertens

Director of Spatial Analysis
Ecotrust, Portland OR
[professional page] [abstract]
[MMertens watch video*] [download video]

March 13
Noon to 1 pm

Applications of Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Monitoring Water Quality in an Urban Watershed

Jami Goldman

USGS Oregon Water Science Center
Portland OR
[JGoldman watch video*] [download video]

March 20
Noon to 1 pm

A Riverscape Perspective of Salmon Habitat Assessment on Tribal Ceded Lands

Seth White

Senior Fishery Scientist
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
[professional page] [abstract] [Presentation PDF]
[SWhite watch video*] [download video]


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