Continuing Education Workshops

Innovative Developments in the Use of PIT-Tag Technology: Technical and Modeling Considerations

Course Date: Monday, May 21st, 2018 8-4:30 pm

Class Location: Egan Center (Anchorage)

Instructor(s): Peter MacKinnon, Biomark Inc/Utah State University, [email protected], Mary Conner, Utah State University, Peter MacKinnon main contact.

Course Registration Fee: $120 early (sale ends on April 21st), $150 (after April 21st), $100 (students)

Format: Presentation with discussion input from attendees. Equipment demonstration.


Description: Radio Frequency Identification or RFID was introduced into the realm of fisheries science in the Pacific Northwest in the mid-1980’s with the introduction of the Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag. Innovations such as multiplexing antenna readers, smaller high-performance tags, and larger more robust antennas have resulted in the widespread application of PIT-tag technology as a fisheries data collection tool.

As the use of PIT-tag technology becomes more geographically widespread, the need for alternative detection techniques and methods has become apparent. Innovative new styles and types of fish detection antennas have been developed and tested, driven by the needs and ideas of biologists working with species having diverse life histories in diverse geographical regions.

The goal of the continuing education course is to provide an overview of the uses of PIT tag technology in fisheries research, and to introduce relevant models for transforming raw detection data in useful information. The first part of the course will cover the basics of, and potential problems related to; site selection, system design, power sources, cost, remote data access, and continued system monitoring and maintenance.  The second part of the course will cover how data from PIT tag antenna arrays can help answer specific research questions.  This section will focus on mark-recapture models that are relevant for PIT tag data, with a brief hands-on introduction to using Excel to transform raw data into appropriate model format. The course will not teach users how to build PIT-Tag antennas or analyze their data.  The course is intended for researchers and biologists who are considering using stationary or mobile passive interrogation arrays and are seeking an overview of current technology and data analyzing possibilities.


Water Egress Course

Sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service

Course Date: Monday, May 21st, 2018 8-5:30 pm; 8am-12pm classroom 1:30pm-5:30pm pool portion

Class Location: Egan Center (Anchorage) and High School West Pool (1700 Hillcrest Drive)

Instructor(s): TBD, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Course Registration Fee: $60 (sale ends on April 21st), $70 (after April 21st), $50 (students)

Format: The morning section of this class (8-12) will be in a classroom setting and the afternoon section of this class (1:30-5:30pm) will include hands-on in-water exercises.  The afternoon pool session will take place the West Pool at the high school (1700 Hillcrest Drive Anchorage). Participants must find their own transportation the pool from the Egan Center (about 2.0 miles apart).

Description: The Water Ditching and Survival module teaches the student the proper procedures to follow in the event of aircraft ditching. The module gives the student the skills needed to safely egress and reach the surface of the water. The module includes the use and familiarization of personal flotation devices (PFDs). Life raft and water survival techniques are stressed. The module is divided into two segments: academic and hands-on in-water exercises. The student will experience a water dunker that puts them in a simulation of a ditched aircraft. This module is for those who fly beyond power-off gliding distance from shore. Note: For the pool portion of this module, students are encouraged to wear what they would normally wear while flying.

To participate in this class, students must sign up on the link-  ​ The student will need to create a profile before being able to sign up for the course. The student should sign in using FWS as there ORG in their profile and use your current supervisor in your profile.



Reproducible Research in R

Sponsored by the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Data Task Force at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a part of the State of Alaska Salmon and People project.

Course Date: Monday, May 21st, 2018 8-4:30pm

Class Location: Egan Center (Anchorage)

Instructor(s): Jeanette Clark, Jorge Cornejo-Donoso, Matt Jones, Madeline Jovanovich, andJared Kibele

Course Registration Fee: $25 (sale ends on April 21st), $35 (after April 21st), Free (students)

Description: This full-day workshop will provide students with an introduction to reproducible data science techniques using R, RStudio, Git, and GitHub. Intended to improve students’ ability to communicate and share their analysis techniques more effectively with modern R packages such as those within Tideyverse. Attendees should be connected with an internet-capable laptop, and have the latest versions of R and RStudio installed. Instructions to do so will be provided in advance. Students need not be familiar with Git, but should have a basic knowledge of R. Topics covered include version control with Git, reproducible analysis using RMarkdown, and publication graphics using ggplot2, and tidy data with dplyr and tidyr. This workshop is structured with materials that students can follow along with hands-on instructor support using their own computers and take home to use with their own data. This collaboration is funded through the State of Alaska Salmon and People project, and supported by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis Data Task Force.