Continuing Education

NCD Continuing Education

“Continuing Education for your Professional Future”


Mission Statement:  “AFS recognizes continuing education is often one of the key benefits of membership.  Sponsoring workshop(s) at the annual MFWC has been the primary avenue the NCD has provided that service in the past.  However, the NCD CE Committee recognizes those opportunities are few and far between for most members.  Both hands-on and distance learning classes are occurring throughout the Midwest through a variety of sources year round.  The committee hopes members will benefit from having this information continually available on the NCD web page.” 

Webinars (Click for more Information):

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Upcoming Courses (click for more information, but you may have to scroll up a few lines):

R Programming for Data Sciences/

An online course through Michigan State University (MSU). Open to everyone!

Learn more at:

Course instructor: Dr. Andrew Finley

Course overview: R has emerged as a preferred programming language in a wide range of data intensive disciplines. The goal of this course is to teach applied and theoretical aspects of R programming for data sciences. Topics will cover generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in high-level languages such as R. Course content focuses on design and implementation of R programs to meet routine and specialized data manipulation/management and analysis objectives. Attention will also be given to mastering concepts and tools necessary for implementing reproducible research.

The course is delivered entirely online through the course management system D2L. Topics listed below are covered in an active, project-based learning environment:

-History and overview of R
-Install and configuration of R programming environment
-Basic language elements and data structures
-Data input/output
-Data storage formats
-Subsetting objects
-Control structures
-Scoping Rules
-Loop functions
-Graphics and visualization
-Grammar of data manipulation (dplyr and related tools)
-Statistical simulation

Please contact Andrew Finley with questions at


GIS Applications in Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Workshop

An NSF supported three day aquatic GIS training workshop will be offered at Saint Louis University on June 14-16, 2017.  A general goal of this workshop is to train and establish an interactive group of researchers and educators applying GIS techniques in freshwater systems.  Applicants with all levels of GIS experience are welcome; however, the workshop will be presented for aquatic biologists with little to no background in GIS techniques.

The tentative schedule of topics includes: 1) basic acquisition and manipulation of GIS data, 2) GIS data sources for freshwater research,3) quantification of environmental attributes of species habitat use at multiple spatial scales, 4) species distribution modeling, and 5) application of hydrologic data to studies of freshwater systems.  The majority of the training will be conducted using ArcGIS.  Computer space will be provided for each attendee.

The workshop is open to Faculty, Research Scientists, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Graduate Students conducting research in freshwater systems.  There is no cost for the workshop; however, participants are responsible for a course book, meals, travel, and lodging.  Details are available at HERE.

To apply, please email a statement of application including a brief description of your research interests (maximum 1 page) and a C.V. to Dr. Jason Knouft at by March 24, 2017.  GIS experience is not a prerequisite for the workshop.

The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings, click HERE for full announcement.

23 – 27 October 2017 in Bedford, Indiana

This is a FREE 4.5 day workshop.  Contact Len Kring or Amanda Kunzmann for more information.  Details about the agenda can be found HERE.

New Summer 2017 Drone Remote Sensing Course at University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station

Please forward this email announcement to GIS professionals / students / educators / advisors / colleagues or post this flier .

University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is offering a new exciting course this upcoming summer academic session: “Drone Remote Sensing of Freshwater Ecosystems.” This 3-credit upper division course focuses on current methods in GIS and remote sensing for freshwater ecosystem monitoring and management application.

You don’t have to be enrolled at UM to apply; the course is open to students from all institutions and other professionals with prior experience or coursework in GIS and runs Monday-Friday 8-5 PM August 7-18, 2017. See more information about FLBS and the summer academic program.

Apply now online at

Scholarship materials are due April 3, 2017. Last day to apply/register for Summer Session 2017 is May 24, 2017. Fees are due May 31, 2017.

Take this course and live and study at Flathead Lake Biological Station for two weeks on the east shore of Flathead Lake, Montana.

Get out here and “Change it up!”

Thank you!

Need to talk to someone about this? Call Marie Kohler at 406-982-3301.



·      WHEN

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Thursday, May 4, 2017
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    Mountain Time

·      WHERE

  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
    3450 Michell Lane
    Boulder, Colorado 80301
    Foothills Campus

A very limited number of student travel grants are available on a first come, first served basis to help defray the cost of travel to this course. Contact Elizabeth Tran at for more information.

More info:


For biologists who manage the planning and execution of rotenone or antimycin projects

*When: May 22-26, 2017

*Where: Utah State University, Logan

Length: 5 days

Tuition: $1,200 ($1,100 AFS members)

Registration: Online Registration is now open.  For a downloadable registration form, click here.

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ( by Friday, April 21, 2017. 80% of the total charges will be then refunded. No cancellations or refunds will be made after that date. Full refunds will be issued only in the case of cancellation of a continuing education workshop by AFS.

*Individual, in-state classes for groups have been arranged, contact Brian Finlayson (see below)

For class information, please contact:

Brian Finlayson, 530.957.0333, or
Don Skaar, 406.444.7409,

Applications available from: Jessica Mosley, American Fisheries Society, 301.897.8616 ext. 204,

Lodging block reserved at University Inn – Event: American Fisheries Society 2016, University Inn, 800.231.5634


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Ongoing Training Modules / Videos

The Management Assistance Team program  through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies provides inexpensive online training opportunities on leadership, communication and facilitation. Follow the link below for more information:

Interested in Continuing Education Opportunities at the Parent Society Level?  Click HERE for a list of those.

Know of any Educational Opportunities that our NCD membership may be interested in attending?  Please share those with the CE Chair David Deslauriers

CE Members:

David Deslauriers, Manitoba, Canada  (Chair)

Melissa Wuellner, SD

Andy Turner, MO

Brad Farwell, MO

Kristen Patterson, IL


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