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Keynote Speaker: TBA
Session 1
Science Board Symposium: Connecting Science and Communities in a Changing North Pacific
Session 2 (POC)
Marine heatwaves in the North Pacific: Predictions and impacts in coastal regions

Eric C.J. Oliver Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Session 2 Invited Speaker

I am an Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My research interests involve ocean and climate variability across a range of time and space scales including extreme events (marine heatwaves, storms), the predictability of climate variations, the influence of modes of variability (such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation) on the ocean, and the role of climate change on the mean state, variability and extremes of the climate system. In addition, I am of Inuit descent with roots in Nunatsiavut (northern Labrador) and I aim to contribute to northern and indigenous communities through my research and teaching.

Session 3 (POC/MEQ/BIO)
Coastal ocean modelling in the North Pacific

Mike Foreman Emeritus at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Session 3 Invited Speaker

Michael Foreman ( is a Scientist Emeritus at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (Fisheries and Oceans Canada). Though past research has included coastal biophysical modeling, regional climate change m odeling and analyses, data assimilation, satellite altimetry analyses, and the analysis/prediction and modeling of tides, recent work has largely focused on developing and using coastal models to help address aquaculture issues. He has been active in PICES for many years, serving as Chair or Co-Chair of the Physical and Oceanographic and Climate (POC) committee, Co-Chair of Working Groups 20 (Evaluations of Climate Change Projections) and 27 (North Pacific Climate Variability and Change), and a member of the Section on Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems (S-CCME) and Working Group 29 (Regional Climate Modeling).

Session 4 (HD)
The impacts of marine transportation and their cumulative effects on coastal communities and ecosystems
Trends in ocean and coastal ecosystems and their services and its future
Session 6 (FUTURE)
Identifying thresholds and potential leading indicators of ecosystem change: The role of ecosystem indicators in ecosystem-based management
Session 7 (MEQ)
Environmental indicators of plastic pollution in the North Pacific
Session 8 (FIS/BIO/POC)
Creating More Effective Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) in PICES Countries
Session 9 (MONITOR)
Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, Essential Biological Variables and Community-based Monitoring

Eric Peterson Hakai Institute, BC, Canada

Session 9 Invited Speaker

Eric Peterson is the president of the Hakai Institute ( The Hakai Institute conducts long term ecological research on the coastal margin of British Columbia, Canada, ranging from “icefields to ocean”. Among other avenues of science, the Hakai Institute shares responsibility with Ocean Networks Canada for the Pacific node of the new Canadian Integrated Ocean Observing System (CIOOS), which is part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS). The Hakai Institute has a particular interest in foundation species in the nearshore—kelps and seagrasses—which are candidates for essential biological ocean variables within GOOS.

Session 10 (MEQ)
Linking changes in climate, nutrient distribution, phytoplankton ecology, and production of algal exudates in the North Pacific
Session 11 (FIS/POC/BIO/HD)
Incorporating ecosystem variability and climate change into fisheries management: Progress and challenges for EBFM in the 21st century
Session 12 (POC/BIO)
Impacts of meso-/submeso- scale processes on heat/material transport and on marine ecosystems
Session 13 (BIO)
Implications of prey consumption by marine birds, mammals, and fish in the North Pacific
Session 14 (HD/FIS)
Integrating economic and social objectives in marine resource management
Session 14 (POC/FUTURE)
Advances in North Pacific marine ecosystem prediction
Workshop 1 (FUTURE)
Learn to Effectively Communicate Your Science
Workshop 2 (FIS)
Integrating biological research, fisheries science and management of Pacific halibut and other widely distributed fish species across the North Pacific in the face of climate and environmental variability
Workshop 3 (FIS)
Let’s Play the GAME! (to achieve sustainable fisheries development in the PICES regions)
Workshop 4 (POC/BIO/FIS)
Circulation, biogeochemistry, ecosystem, and fisheries of the western North Pacific marginal seas: Past and future of CREAMS (Circulation Research of East Asian Marginal Seas)
Workshop 5 (BIO)
Celebrating two decades of North Pacific CPR sampling, and future directions
Workshop 6 (HD)
Assessing Marine Ecosystem Services: A Comparative View Across the North Pacific
Workshop 7 (SB)
PICES contribution to Central Arctic Ocean (CAO) ecosystem assessment (Third)
Workshop 8 (BIO)
Synthesis of bio-acoustics programs for monitoring zooplankton and fisheries in the North Pacific
Workshop 9 (MONITOR/MEQ)
Monitoring Non-indigenous Species in PICES Member Countries: Towards Best Practices

Emily Grason Washington Sea Grant, College of the Environment, University of Washington, USA

Workshop 9 Invited Speaker

Emily Grason is a Marine Ecologist at Washington Sea Grant at the University of Washington, where she is the program manager for Crab Team, a citizen science-based early detection and monitoring program program for European green crab. She earned a master’s degree in Biology at Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington, researching behavior and population dynamics of invasive marine snails. In addition to her background as an invasion biologist, Emily draws on her experience in administration of non-profit organizations and science communication to support a collaborative, multi-institutional network of volunteers, Tribes, agencies, and managers in tackling a regional invasion threat.

Workshop 10 (BIO)
PICES/ICES collaborative research initiative: Toward regional to global measurements and comparisons of zooplankton production using existing data sets
Workshop 11 (FIS)
The influence of environmental changes on the potential for species distributional shifts and subsequent consequences for estimating abundance of Pacific saury
Workshop 12 (BIO)
Potential food competition between top predators and fisheries in the North Pacific
Workshop 13 (FUTURE)
Common Ecosystem Reference Points
Workshop 14 (BIO)
New frontiers: The application of molecular approaches in marine ecology and fisheries science
Workshop 15
Application of Machine Learning to Ecosystem Change Issues in the North Pacific

Debra P.C. Peters USDA Agricultural Research Service, NM, USA

Workshop 15 Invited Speaker

Dr. Debra Peters is a Research Scientist and the Acting Chief Science Information Officer with the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service. She is also the lead Principal Investigator for the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program in Las Cruces, NM, USA. She is a landscape ecologist with interests in the drivers of alternative states, and pattern-process relationships interacting across spatial and temporal scales to create surprising system dynamics. She is also interested in comparative analyses of long-term studies across ecosystem types, and the application of machine learning and big data-model integration to address complex ecological problems. She is a co-lead on an inter-disciplinary Grand Challenge project within the USDA to develop and apply big data-model integration strategies for predictive disease ecology using an infectious disease as a model system. Her interests in catastrophes and cross-scale interactions are reflected by her recent research on the historic Dust Bowl in the 1930s from an ecological perspective.

Workshop 16 (FIS)
Developing a collaborative, integrated ecosystem survey program to determine climate/ocean mechanisms affecting the productivity and distribution of salmon and associated pelagic fishes across the North Pacific Ocean
Workshop 17 (BIO)
Scoping an IEA of the Northern Bering-Chukchi Seas LME
Workshop 18 (MEQ)
Economic Effects of HABs: Recommended Practices
Workshop 19 (MEQ)
The impacts of mariculture to coastal ecosystems
Important Dates
TBA, 2019
Abstract Notification Deadlines
  1. Abstract acceptance notification
TBA, 2019
Support Notification Deadlines
  1. Financial support grant notification
TBA, 2019
Confirmation Deadlines
  1. Confirm your presentations and attendance
  2. Confirm your financial support acceptance
TBA, 2019
TBA, 2019