Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium of Portland/Vancouver

Photo from Oaks Bottom to central Portland, by Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces
Photo: From Oaks Bottom to central Portland (Credit: Mike Houck, Urban Greenspaces)

UERC is a consortium of people from educational institutions, state and federal agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and businesses, as well as independent professionals and students, interested in supporting urban ecosystem research and creating an information sharing network to collect, share, and use ecological data in the Portland/Vancouver area.

The mission of UERC is to improve ecological and human health in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan region by advancing the science and understanding of urban ecosystems and by fostering communication and collaboration among a network of researchers, professionals, other interested groups and our community. 

UERC does not provide a political or advocacy platform, but rather offers a forum for professionals to exchange and discuss information regarding urban ecology and its application to relevant fields.

The major activities of UERC include an annual symposium, and lunch-and-learn presentations throughout the year.  We are building a searchable archive of abstracts from the symposia at https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/uerc/We also host a listserve mailing list, so please sign up if you'd like to exchange information related to urban ecology in the Portland/Vancouver region.

  • Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium 2021
    hummingbird feeding young in wildfire smoke


    Mon March 1st (1-5pm) 
    Tue March 2nd (8.30am-12.30)


    Virtual (platform TBD)

    Keynote Speakers

    Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, forest canopy ecologist & science communicator

    PK Das, architect & activist


    Online registration is available through 123Signup

    General $45  Student: $15  Volunteer*: $10

    *Limited number; register early and select the "volunteer" option.

    Call for Abstracts

    Due Dec 1 Dec 8, submit here: 


    Abstract criteria: relevance to the central theme of urban ecological research and conservation occurring within and/or applicable to the Portland/Vancouver region; focus on results/lessons learned/tools to share; diversity of topics/disciplines, including ecological, social, educational, policy/planning/management; diversity of speaker affiliations; degree to which results have been achieved (research is complete, or incomplete results are useful and of interest to the audience). These symposia are intended to bring people that use data with people that collect data together, so topics are not limited to research per se. If  you are uncertain whether your topic is relevant or have other questions, please contact Lori Hennings (lori.hennings@oregonmetro.gov) or Amy Chomowicz (amy.chomowicz@portlandoregon.gov).

    Click here to download the UERC 2021 flyer
    Posted Dec 2, 2020, 9:27 AM by uerc pdx
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The UERC listserver (email list), hosted by OSU, is intended to facilitate communication among those interested in urban ecology. To learn how to Join, click here.
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