Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium of Portland/Vancouver

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 brown bag presentations throughout the year.  We host a mailing list, so please sign up if you'd like to be notified of upcoming events!

Next annual symposium

  • Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium 2016
    Urban Ecology & Conservation Symposium
    Monday, February 8, 2016, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Portland State University, Smith Center Ballroom
    1825 SW Broadway, Portland
    The symposium focuses on urban environmental issues and the practical application of related ecological and social science research in the Portland/Vancouver region.  Features:
       > Brief presentations and a poster session will give you a taste of what’s happening in the region
       > Inspiring keynotes from noted researchers and practitioners
       > Networking opportunities throughout the day
       > Lunchtime discussion groups provide opportunities to exchange information and ideas
    Call for Abstracts
    Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be accepted through November 23, 2015.
    Relevant fields include biological, chemical, physical and social sciences, land use planning, habitat management and restoration, citizen science, and environmental education.  Abstracts should focus on sharing results, lessons learned, or information about opportunities and resources. 
    The ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM can be found here.


    Registration is Open

    To REGISTER, click here.  Lunch will be included for those that register online.  Online registration will close January 29, 2016.


    Registration by January 18, 2016: $45 General, $15 Student (with ID), $10 Volunteer*

    *Please register early and select the volunteer option; there are a limited number of volunteer opportunities.


    Registration after January 18, 2016: $60 General, $15 Student


    At-the-door Registration: $60 General; $15 Student, with payment by credit card only (no cash or checks).

    Does not include lunch.

    Location Information
    A campus map with the location of the Smith Center, nearest MAX stop, and parking locations is attached. Additional information about parking on campus can be found here.
    Posted Oct 29, 2015, 4:21 PM by Jennifer Thompson
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UERC Symposium and Presenter Photos

Upcoming brown bag talks

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.