May 1

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Opening social at Trent University, Champlain College

May 2 – morning

8:15 am. Welcoming remarks. Gzowski College.

8:30 am. Keynote speaker: Charles J. Krebs. Has the Kluane boreal forest ecosystem changed during the last 45 years?

9:30 am. Student award presentation: Patrick D. Moldowan, Glenn J. Tattersall, and Njal Rollinson. Effects of environmental change on spotted salamanders in Algonquin Provincial Park.

9:45 am. Contributed paper: Anthony J. Gaston. Changes in Arctic marine bird populations since 1970 and the impact of climate change.

10:00 am. Coffee break.

10:30 am. Invited speaker: Dave Bowen, NSERC. The federal landscape for support of long-term research.

10:45 am. Invited session: Challenges and opportunities of long-term research

Vincent Careau. Starting from scratch: an individual-based study on the functional ecology of white-footed mice.

Christina Davy. Travelling without moving: how do threatened populations persist in heavily impacted landscapes?

Philip D. McLoughlin. Establishing a long-term, individual-based study for a large mammal: trials and tribulations on Sable Island.

Amy Newman. The influence of the early-life environment on stress physiology and fitness in the wild.

Panel discussion

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Lunch provided at Gzowski College.

May 2 – afternoon

1:00 pm. Invited speaker: Dennis L. Murray. Designing long-term ecological monitoring studies for best success.

1:15 pm. Contributed paper: Frances Stewart, A. Cole Burton, and Jason T. Fisher. Scaling down for the long-term: can provincial-scale models predict landscape-scale distributions?

1:30 pm. Invited speaker: Robert S. Rempel. A science-based approach to research and monitoring: treating policy as hypothesis.

1:45 pm. Contributed session. Understanding effects of environmental change:

Heather M. Kharouba, Johan Ehrlen, Andrew Gelman, Kjell Bolmgren, Jenica Allen. Steve Travers, and Elizabeth Wolkovich. Linking climate change to shifts in the timing of species interactions: the need for historical baselines.

Stephen J. Hecnar, and Darlene R. Hecnar. Long-term study of the spatial dynamics and structure of a regional amphibian fauna.

Alex Sutton, Dan Strickland, and D. Ryan Norris. Climate-driven carry-over effects on reproductive success of a boreal passerine.

2:30 pm. Coffee break.

3:00 pm. Invited speaker: Kenneth F. Abraham. Long-term waterfowl research and management in Ontario: leveraging the strength of partnerships.

3:15 pm. Contributed session. Conservation case studies:

Hugh G. Broders. Survivorship and roosting patterns of little brown bats.

Bradley C. Fedy, and Jeffrey R. Row. Long-term monitoring in sagebrush-steppe habitats: what have we learned from > 60 years of counting sage-grouse?

Lucy Poley, Justina C. Ray, and Audrey J. Magoun. Modeling wolverine occupancy in northern Ontario using multi-year occupancy data.

4:00 pm. Invited speaker: Rudy Boonstra. Legacy effects in mammals: the impact of individual stress on population processes in nature.

4:30 pm. Poster session and social, Gzowski College.

May 2 – evening

6:30 pm. Dinner:  Great Hall, Champlain College.

8:00 pm. Panel discussion: “What is an eastern wolf?” featuring Roland Kays, Linda Rutledge, and Joanna Freeland.

May 3 – morning

8:30 am. Keynote speaker: Dr. Marco Festa-Bianchet. Selfish mothers: female reproductive strategies in bighorn sheep and kangaroos

9: 30 am. Student award presentation: Andrea E. Wishart, Cory T. Williams, Andrew G. McAdam, Stan Boutin, Ben Dantzer, Murray M. Humphries, and Jeff E. Lane. Sex ratio and allocation in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus): leveraging a long-term study to test classic principles.

9:45 am. Contributed paper: Brent R. Patterson, John F. Benson, Karen M. Loveless, Kenneth J. Mills, Linda Y. Rutledge, and Connor Thompson.  Long term assessment of wolf viability in and around Algonquin Park, Ontario.

10:00 am. Coffee break.

10:30 am. Invited session: Knowledge gained from long-term research programs

Andrew McAdam, Stan Boutin, Dave Coltman, Ben Dantzer, Jamieson Gorrell, Murray Humphries, and Jeff Lane. Long-term monitoring of individual red squirrels reveals the causes of natural selection and the evolutionary capacity to respond to environmental change.

Colin J. Garroway. Long-term population monitoring disproportionately generates scientific insight and opportunity: examples from the long-term study of great tits at Wytham Woods.

Jacqueline D. Litzgus, Matthew G. Keevil, and Ronald J. Brooks. The value of long-term data for quantification of population dynamics and recovery of long-lived species.

Albrecht I. Schulte-Hostedde, and Jeff Bowman. 72 years and counting – monitoring small mammals in Algonquin Provincial Park.

Panel discussion

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Lunch provided at Gzowski College.

May 3 – afternoon

1:00 pm. Invited speaker: Gillian Crozier and Albrecht I. Schulte-Hostedde. Integrating ethics into long term ecological studies.

1:15 pm. Contributed session. New approaches:

Liana Zanette and Michael Clinchy. Quantifying fear effects in wildlife at long-term study sites.

Jeffrey Lane, Stephen Dobson, and Jan Murie. Sheep River Columbian Ground Squirrel Project – a model long term system for eco-evo-energetics research.

1:45 pm. Invited speaker: Erica Nol. The ‘aha’ and ‘duh’ moments in a long-term research project on an arctic-breeding shorebird.

2:00 pm. Contributed session. Understanding effects of environmental change:

Melanie Massey, Ronald J. Brooks, Graham Nancekivell, and Njal Rollinson. Long-term monitoring of hatchling sex ratios in a species with temperature-dependent sex determination during a period of rapid climate change.

Martyn E. Obbard, Erica J. Newton, Eric J. Howe, Mark R.L. Cattet, and Kevin R. Middel. Sizable declines:  Changes in skeletal size and weight of Southern Hudson Bay polar bears over 25 years.

2:30 pm. Coffee break.

3:00 pm. Invited session: The application of long-term research for conservation

Micheline Manseau and Paul J. Wilson. Using genomic methods to monitor caribou populations: a long-term research project, a national database and repository in support of decision-making

Kathy Martin and Junior Tremblay. Forest birds and forest management for interior mixed and boreal forest ecosystems – lessons learned regarding key habitat resources.

Justina C. Ray. Long-term research and monitoring as an essential basis for conservation decision making.

Panel discussion

4:15 pm. Capstone speaker: Martyn E. Obbard. Long-term field studies—has much changed since Tinkle (1979)?

May 4

Field trips and workshop