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 in January/February, 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 2020
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    Monday, March 2, 2020, 8 AM – 6 PM

    Portland State University, Smith Center Ballroom
    1825 SW Broadway, Portland OR

    Keynote Speakers

    DR. VIVEK SHANDAS, Professor, Portland State University.
    Topic: Social construction of urban ecosystems in a time of rapid [climate] change.

    DR. ANA M. ALVAREZ, Deputy General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District.
    Topic: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental movement.

    Call for Abstracts

    Closed mid-December.


    Online registration is available through 123Signup: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=rbqvs

    Early registration rates through Feb 10, 2020 (includes lunch):
    General $45  Student: $15  Volunteer*: $10
    *Limited number; register early and select the "volunteer" option.

    Regular registration rates Feb 11-21, 2020 (includes lunch)
    General: $60  Student: $15

    Late registration (including at-the-door) (does not include lunch)
    General: $60  Student: $15
    Credit cards only. No cash or checks.

    Download the UERC 2020 flyer

    Download the UERC 2020 Program

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UERC PDX Calendar

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.
Subpages (1): Lunch & Learn