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Day 1, Monday, November 7th

Welcome Reception and Registration at Hotel Alma, Senate Room

6:00-9:30 p.m.

Day 2, Tuesday, November 8th

Registration and Welcome, Theatre 3, Health Sciences Research Centre, Foothills Campus

8:00-8:30
Registration and Coffee

Welcoming Address

8:30-9:00
Welcome from the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicen, Dr. Baljit Singh,
Welcome from the Executive Directior of the Arctic Institute of North America, Dr. Maribeth Murray
Welcome and Symposium Goals from the Symposium Chair, Dr. Susan Kutz

Keynote talk

9:00-9:30
Joel Berger Between splendor and reality in the world's highest latitudes and elevations

Session 1 Value of Muskoxen

9:30-9:45
Matilde Tomaselli: Exploring the importance of arctic muskoxen: Perspectives from Ikaluktutiak, Victoria Island, Nunavut
9:45-10:00
Marie Texter: Examining the impact of muskox wool industry on Native Alaskan Villagers
10:00-10:15
Fernando Alvarez: Qiviut, a treasure of the Arctic
10:15-10:30
Shane Black: Outfitted muskox hunting in the Canadian Arctic: cultural, conservation and socio-economic importance
10:30-10:45
Discussion
10:45-11:15
Coffee break

Session 2 Status and Trends of Muskoxen

11:15-11:25
Patrick Jones: Status and trends of muskoxen in Alaska
11:25-11:35
Mike Suitor: Status and trends of Yukon North Slope muskoxen
11:35-11:45
Jan Adamczewski: Population status and trends of muskoxen in the Northwest Territories
11:45-12:00
Morgan Anderson: Population status and trends of muskoxen in Nunavut
12:00-12:10
Barrie Ford: Population status and trends of muskoxen in Quebec
12:10-12:25
Christine Cuyler: Population status and trends of muskoxen in West Greenland and Niels Martin Schmidt: Status and trends of muskoxen in Northeast Greenland
12:25-12:35
Tord Bretten: Development and management of an introduced population of muskoxen in Norway
12:35-12:45
Taras Sipko: Population status and trends of muskoxen in Russia
12:45-1:00
Discussion
1:00-2:00
Lunch

Breakout 1 Value and Status and Trends of Muskoxen

2:00-3:00
Breakout groups
3:00-3:30
Report back and discussion
3:30-4:00
Coffee Break

Session 3 Declining Muskox Populations


4:00-4:15
Layne Adams: Demography of a muskox decline in northwest Alaska, 2009-2013
4:15-4:30
Kimberlee Beckmen: Disease complexity in a declining Alaskan muskox (Ovibos moschatus) population
4:30-4:45
Susan Kutz: No smoking guns: Emerging diseases and general ill-health coincide with rapid declines of muskox populations on Banks and Victoria Islands, NWT and Nunavut, Canada
4:45-5:00
Bjornar Ytrehus: Muskox health and disease in a rapidly changing outpost - Dovrefjell in Norway

Poster Session and Wine and Cheese Mixer, Hosted by Canada North Outfitting

5:00-7:00
HRIC South Atrium

Day 3, Wednesday, November 9th

Keynote talk

8:30-9:00
John Nishi: Hindsight, insight, and foresight: The Yin, Yang and Yung for advancing perspectives in muskox ecology and management

Session 4 Advances in Knowledge, Threats and Vulnerabilities


9:00-9:15
Niels Martin Schmidt: A sedentary nomad: Year-round movements of muskoxen in high arctic Greenland
9:15-9:30
Erin Prewer: Genetic assessment of local adaptation in Ovibos moschatus
9:30-9:45
Anne Gunn: Climate trends including severe winter and summer conditions during recent muskox declines on Banks and Victoria Islands, Arctic Canada
9:45-10:00
O. Alejandro Aleuy: Local thermal adaptation of parasites and its implications in a global climate change context
10:00-10:30
Coffee Break
10:30-10:45
Pratap Kafle: Range expansion of protostrongylid nematodes infecting muskoxen and caribou in the Canadian Arctic
10:45-11:00
Stephane Lair: Infections of muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) from Nunavik by the giant liver fluke (Fascioloides magna)
11:00-11:15
Fabien Mavrot: Serological survey for exposure to Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae in muskoxen across the Arctic

Breakout 2 Advances in Knowledge, Threats, Vulnerabilities and Declines


11:15-12:15
Breakout groups
12:15-12:45
Report back and discussion

Field Trip to Banff


1:00-5:30
Travel to Banff by bus, visit Cave and Basin, Qiviuk Co. Bag lunches provided on the bus.

Evening Reception, Hosted by Qiviuk Co.


6:00-8:00
Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel
8:00-9:30
Return to Hotel Alma by charter bus

Day 4, Thursday, November 10th

Session 5 Tools for Muskox Monitoring and Management


8:30-8:45
Matilde Tomaselli: Community-based participatory methods: A tool to enhance muskox research and co-management
8:45-9:00
Jesper Bruun Mosbacher: Show me your rump hair and I will tell you what you ate
9:00-9:15
Anne Gunn: Muskox vulnerability to a warming climate
9:15-9:30
Peter Flood: Androgens, feces and muskox machismo
9:30-9:45
Juliette Di Francesco: Developing tools for monitoring health: an innovative method of qiviut cortisol quantification in muskoxen
9:45-10:00
Chimoné Dalton: Exploring herpesvirus and parapoxvirus diversity in muskoxen from the Canadian Arctic
10:00-10:30
Coffee Break

Breakout 3: Tools for Muskox Monitoring and Management


10:30-11:30
Breakout groups
11:30-12:00
Report back and discussion

Wrap-up and Final Discussion


12:00-1:00
Discussion
1:00-2:00
Lunch break

MOXNET Meeting and Self-Organized Breakout Sessions

2:00-4:00

More about our keynote speaker, Joel Berger


Joel Berger's fascination for biodiversity began in California, a place he was soon to depart. He's written five books including Horn of Darkness (Oxford University Press) and The Better to Eat You With (University of Chicago Press), received life-time achievement awards (Aldo Leopold in addition to one from the Society of Conservation Biology), and is an elected fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences.

He works with any species larger than a bread box. Although fond of disappearing into Central Asia, this past winter (2016) it was to a remote island in the Russian Arctic, which you can read about in his article published in U.S. News & World Report, "The Unlikely Diplomats - The return of the muskoxen to Alaska marks at least one success for U.S.-Russia relations". Joel is the Co-Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University, and a Senior Scientist for the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society.



More about our Keynote Speaker, John Nishi


John started his career in 1993 as a professional biologist in the central Arctic's Kitikmeot Region with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). He worked with Inuit communities and co-management boards on a range of wildlife management issues on various species including muskoxen, arctic-island and barren-ground caribou, wolverine, barren-ground grizzly bear, and gyrfalcon.

John subsequently served as the GNWT Bison Ecologist where his focus was on conservation of the threatened wood bison and development of feasible management options through collaboration with aboriginal communities, academics, and other government agencies to address long-standing issues arising from northern bison populations that are endemic with bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis, and/or anthrax.

After 13 years with the GNWT, John entered the private sector as a consulting biologist; he established EcoBorealis Consulting Inc. in 2007, where his focus has been to assist a range of industry and government clients address wildlife management issues and to help facilitate sustainable land-use decisions. Much of John's current work occurs in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories and centers on caribou and bison. During his initial consulting years, John was also an associate with the ALCES© Group and worked on projects in landscape ecology and cumulative effects management in northern and western Canada.