Webinar: Dreissenid mussel research priorities—understanding biology and environmental tolerances for effective management

Event Type: 
GNLCC Webinar
Date and Time: 
May 26, 2016 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MDT


Presenters: Steve Waste, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center; Mark Sytsma, Portland State University; and Lisa DeBruyckere, Creative Resource Strategies, LCC

Under the Shared Landscapes Outcomes initiative of the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC), a pilot project was implemented to address aquatic integrity and stressors in the Columbia River Basin.  Members of the GNLCC Columbia Basin Partner Forum (CBPF) organized and convened this workshop in response to shared concerns from the CBPF about aquatic invasive species in the Columbia River Basin, and a direct request from Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) for a prospectus on priority research needs for Quagga/Zebra mussels.

This webinar reports the results of the workshop, supported by the GNLCC, and held at Portland State University November 4-5, 2015. A total of 28 North American experts in mussel, biology, ecology, and management convened to achieve consensus on the highest priority research priorities for dreissenid prevention, detection, monitoring, management, and control.

About the presenters:
Since 2008, Steve Waste has been the Director of the Columbia River Research Laboratory, a field station of the Western Fisheries Research Center, USGS. Steve holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, School of Fisheries and a M.S in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University.  He spent the early part of his career as a wildlife biologist and commercial fishermen in Alaska.  Since then he has worked at the interface of science and politics, for NOAA Fisheries in Washington DC; then the Bonneville Power Administration and NW Power and Conservation Council in Portland; and now for USGS in Cook, Washington.  Steve has been developing new partners for USGS growing the program into new areas, including the landscape scale stressors such as climate change and aquatic invasive species.

Mark Sytsma is a Professor of Environmental Science and Management and Director of the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University. He was a founding member and past chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council and currently chairs the Advisory Committee of the Council. He sits on the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species and co-chairs the Invasive Species Working Group of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. He wrote the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan as well as several other invasive species-specific management plans for Oregon. His interests include invasive species policy development and implementation and research on the biology and ecology of aquatic invasive species.

Lisa DeBruyckere is President of Creative Resource Strategies, LLC and has worked throughout the West and Pacific Northwest Economic Region. She wrote the Dreissenid Prevention Framework for the Pacific Northwest in 2015, works with western aquatic invasive coordinators to achieve consensus on aquatic invasive species prevention efforts, conducted statewide management assessments of invasive species for Montana and Oregon, and was the Oregon Invasive Species Council Coordinator for seven years. Lisa has a B.A. in Journalism and B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine at Orono.