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 various 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 of people that collect and use ecological data in the Portland/Vancouver area.

The mission of the UERC is to advance the state of the science of urban ecosystems and improve our understanding of them, with a focus on the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan region, by fostering communication and collaboration among researchers, managers and citizens at academic institutions, public agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations, and other interested groups.

The role of the UERC is not to provide a political or advocacy platform, but rather to offer 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 host a mailing list, so please sign up if you'd like to be notified of upcoming events!

  • Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium 2018
    Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium
    16th Annual Symposium
    Monday, February 5, 2018, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Portland State University, Smith Center Ballroom
    1825 SW Broadway, Portland OR
    The symposium will be focused on urban environmental issues and the practical application of related ecological and social science research in the greater Portland/Vancouver region, featuring:
    • Brief presentations and a poster session that will give you a taste of what’s happening locally
    • Inspiring keynotes by noted researchers and practitioners
    • Networking opportunities pre-conference (8-9 AM), during lunch, and at an afternoon social (4-6 PM)
    • Lunchtime discussion groups with opportunities to share information and further your knowledge

    Call for Abstracts

    Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be accepted through November 17, 2017.

    Relevant fields include biological, chemical, physical and social sciences, land use planning, habitat management and restoration, climate change, citizen science, and environmental education.  Abstracts should focus on sharing results, lessons learned, or information about opportunities and resources.

    Abstracts are being collected using the PdxScholar system this year in order to build a searchable online database: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/uerc/2018/


    Click here for online registration (through 123Signup).

    Early registration rates through January 15, 2018 (includes lunch)

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

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

    Regular registration rates January 16-26, 2018 (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.

    Photo: Schweitzer Wetlands, Portland, OR

    Photo: Schweitzer wetlands, part of the Johnson Creek floodplain (Credit: Naim Hasan for the Bureau of Environmental Services)
    Posted Dec 26, 2017, 2:51 PM by Sean Gordon
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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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