Portland-Vancouver’s urban ecosystems reviewed at Feb. 8 ecology and conservation symposium

Ecosystems are everywhere. They don’t stop and start at urban boundaries.

Around the Portland-Vancouver area, folks who study and support urban ecosystems and conservation will gather Feb. 8 to discuss work happening in the region, network and share ideas as part of this year’s Urban Ecology and Conservation Symposium.

The event is expected to draw students and professionals from various educational institutions, state and federal agencies, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.

Presentations and poster sessions will cover topics in habitat research and restoration, invasive species interventions, citizen involvement and green infrastructure. A full agenda is available online via Google Docs.

Urban ecosystems are the focus of a branch of ecology called urban ecology, which studies how humans and other living organisms interact with each other and their environment in city settings. Ecology itself is a subset of biology. Freeimages.com

Urban ecosystems are the focus of a branch of ecology called urban ecology, which studies how humans and other living organisms interact with each other and their environments within city settings. Ecology itself is a subset of biology. Freeimages.com

The symposium also will feature keynote speeches on urban ecology topics, networking opportunities and lunchtime discussions.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Portland State University’s Smith Center Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway. Online registration is open until Jan. 29, and cost is $60 for general admission and $15 for students. If you miss registering online, you also can register at the door for the same rates, but lunch will not be included. Only credit card payments will be accepted at the door (no cash or checks).

The symposium is presented by the Urban Ecology and Research Consortium, which aims to advance the science and understanding of urban ecosystems with a focus on the Portland-Vancouver area. UERC also seeks to foster communication and collaboration among researchers, managers, citizens, public agencies, nonprofit groups and other interested parties.

For more information about the event, its location and parking, go to UERC’s website.

Susannah L. Bodman
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