2017 Annual Meeting and Short Course

  23rd Annual Meeting & Short Course

June 14-16, 2017

University of Massachusetts Conference Center, Amherst MA


Please note that the 2nd floor of the UMass Conference Center (Hotel UMass) parking garage is blocked off.  You will need to park on Floors 3 and above.  Access to the campus is from the 3rd floor.  Here’s a link to the campus map.

–>The meeting is in the hotel conference center. To get to the conference center, walk out the 3rd floor door at the opposite end of the garage entrance.  Walk across the plaza area toward the tall grey concrete building (on the left side of the green).  Hotel check-in is on the 3rd floor. The Marriott Center is on the 11th floor.

–>The short course is in the Life Sciences building.  Walk beyond the conference center toward North Pleasant Street, take a right onto N. Pleasant Street, then a left onto Stock Bridge Road.  The Life Sciences building is at the corner.

Short Course – June 14th, topic “The Basics of R”: Location and final schedule here!
Short Course Participants (Introduction to ‘R’): Please review the pre-course instructions PRIOR to your arrival (Click Here)!!

This 1-day workshop is has been developed for people who have never used R before, or have only limited experience using R. The workshop will be split into two section: Data Carpentry and Basic Analyses, and will be split between brief mini-lectures, guided tutorial and independent exercises.

Data Carpentry (morning session) – In this part of the workshop, we will focus on some of the basic concepts, skills and tools required to operate successfully in the R environment. The main objective here is to develop a familiarity with the R syntax, the variety of data object types, and some plotting and data processing functions. In this session we will develop the idea of a repeatable workflow which will highlight the values of R, and of programming more broadly.
Data Analysis (afternoon session) – Having developed a workflow for importing data, exploring data, and preparing data for analysis, we will focus on formatting data specifically for analysis using linear models. We will briefly discuss linear models before demonstrating how to do statistical analysis in R.

A maximum of 30 people may attend the short course, so be sure to register as soon as possible!



Please join us for our 23rd annual meeting! Sessions will include:

  • Ecological Services/Ecological Risk
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Contaminated Soils and Sediments
  • Toxicology
  • Sustainability/Toxics Use Reduction

We also have a special panel session on “How to become better science communicators to influence policy”.  On Thursday night, we will have a poster social and banquet!

The meeting will be held in the Marriott Room at the UMass Conference Center.

The meeting agenda and presentation/poster titles may be found here:


2017 Meeting Agenda

 2017 Meeting Platform Presentations

 2017 Meeting Poster Presentations

Link to Presenter Abstracts

Click here for meeting registration! Please go here for information on registration fees.

For information on accommodations, please go here.

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