Heart of the Continent Area

Heart of the Continent Area

To access the symposium program and Dr. Erik A. Beever slides click link below


Dr. Erik Beever – Understanding how ecological disturbance influences biological diversity

Dr. Erik Beever – Conservation Biology


1st Heart of the Continent Science Symposium

March 10-11, 2016

Rainy River Community College

International Falls, MN

Please join us for the 1st Heart of the Continent Science Symposium!

Call for Abstracts:

We are soliciting abstracts for oral presentations or posters in the natural, cultural, and social sciences. Oral presentations will be in a short format (8-10 min) to facilitate discussion. Send presenter and contact info, title, 250-word abstract, oral or poster to: HOCPScienceSymposium@gmail.com. Submission deadline: January 18, 2016.  

Thursday, March 10, 6-8p:  Welcome Social and Poster Session

Friday, March 11, 8a-4p: Plenary Session, Oral Presentations, Discussion Forum

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Erik Beever, USGS Rocky Mountain Research Station

“Understanding How Ecological Disturbance Influences Biological Diversity in Protected Areas: The Rules Aren’t What They Used to Be!”

Registration Fee is $20 (USD).  Lunch is provided.  Registration will be open during the event.

Registration and Lodging Details​

 Registration = $20 (USD).  This is meant to help defray costs associated with the Thurs night social, Friday lunch and coffee/snack breaks, and travel expenses for the plenary speaker.  Registration can only be done during the day on Friday, March 11.  More details to come.

We have reserved a block of 25 rooms at the AmericInn for Thurs, March 10 and 5 rooms for Friday, March 11 (in case anyone needs to stay over 1 more night).
  • Conference rate of $89.00 USD plus taxes. Make your reservations by February 22, 2016 and quote the group code “ScienceSymposium”.  Reservations: 1-218-283-8000 (front desk); 1-800-634-3444 (central reservations).
  •  Or you can reserve online at www.americinn.com/Hotels/MN/InternationalFalls , using the rate code “Sciencei” (i.e., the word “science” with an extra “i” at the end).


The Heart of the Continent Science Symposium seeks to:

1) Improve understanding of natural and cultural resources across the HOCP

2) Raise awareness of threats and management challenges to the preservation of those resources

3) Promote collaboration among scientists, managers, and other stakeholders across political, cultural, and administrative boundaries so that resources can be better managed in a landscape context. 

NOTE: The HOCP Science Symposium starts AFTER the end of the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Forum (which ends at 5p on March 10).  See http://www.lowwsf.com/forum for more details.

Contact Steve Windels (steve_windels@nps.gov; 218-283-6692), Pooja Kanwar (poojaskanwar@fs.fed.us; 218-626-4354), or Chris Stromberg (hocp@heartofthecontinent.org) for more information.