Teton Science Schools

Educating for a Vibrant World

1st North American Pika Conference
Teton Research Institute
Occured March 25-27, 2010
Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools
700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001

Conference  Overview

Teton Science Schools hosted the 1st North American Pika Conference, March 25-27, 2010. The latest updates in pika research, alpine ecology, and monitoring strategies were presented. The two day conference featured contributed papers, posters and an evening keynote presentation that was open to the public. The conference was closed on Saturday with discussion sessions and platforms for working groups.

Keynote Presenters

Jack Turner

Former academic, now mountain guide, philosopher and award-winning nature writer of several books, including his most recent release “Travels in the Greater Yellowstone”

Goals of the Conference

  • Foster collaborative research and monitoring efforts that capitalize on diverse technical expertise
  • Identify research gaps
  • Identify pika inventory and monitoring needs
  • Connect researchers with managers interested in implementing pika monitoring programs
  • Engage the community through “Citizen Science Night”, an evening open to the public aimed at educating citizens about pika ecology and alpine ecosystems

Location Information

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Thursday, March 25
Arrival and Check-in  12:30–5:30 PM*
Welcome and Social  6:30–8:00 PM
Friday, March 26
Check-in  7:00 – 7:30 AM
Breakfast  7:30 – 8:00 AM
Welcome  8:00 – 8:15 AM
Mackenzie Shardlow, University of Idaho and NPS Upper Columbian Basin Inventory and Monitoring Network
Standardized protocol for monitoring American pika
8:15–8:40 AM
Brian Maxfield, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Status of American pika in Utah
8:40 – 9:05 AM
Sue Wolff, Grand Teton National Park
Pika monitoring in Grand Teton National Park
9:05–9:30 AM
Bradley Bauman, Nevada Department of Wildlife
American pika surveys in northwest Nevada
9:30–9:55 AM
Chris Ray, University of Colorado-Boulder
Demographic change and physiological stress in Rocky Mountain pikas
9:55–10:20 AM
Break 10:20–10:35 AM
Justine Smith, University of Colorado-Boulder
Bodie pikas: What they have to tell us
10:35–11:00 AM
Liesl Peterson-Erb, University of Colorado-Boulder
Precipitation as a driver of American pika distribution
11:00–11:25 AM
Embere Hall, Teton Science Schools
Understanding precipitation variability in the Snake River watershed
11:25–11:50 AM
Jennifer Wilkening, University of Colorado-Boulder
Modeling contemporary range contraction in Great Basin pikas
11:50 AM –12:15 PM
Lucas Moyer-Horner, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Effects of temperature on American pika activity
12:15–12:40 PM
Lunch  12:40–1:40 PM
Andrea Ray, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
NOAA Rapid-Response Climate Assessment to support status review
1:40–2:05 PM
Janet Foley, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Infectious disease in spatially structured pika populations
2:05–2:30 PM
Katryna Fleer, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Small mammal pathogens and ectoparasites in Yosemite National Park
2:30–2:55 PM
Phillipe Henry, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Investigating the genetic basis of adaptation in American pikas
2:55–3:20 PM
Break 3:20–3:35 PM
Jessie Zgurski, University of Alberta
Dispersal habits and mating system of a Collared Pika population
3:35–4:00 PM
John Isenhart, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Federal Status Review of the American pika
4:00–4:25 PM
Michael Calkins, Center for Applied Spatial Ecology, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, New Mexico State University
Conservation priorities models for the American pika
4:25–4:50 PM
Dinner 5:30–6:30 PM
Poster Session 8:30–9:30 PM
Roger Christophersen, North Cascades National Park Service Complex
Factors affecting pika populations in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex
April Craighead, Craighead Environmental Research Institute
Utilizing habitat suitability models to predict the effects of global climate change on three different species of pika (Family Ochotonidae)
Cody Massing, California Polytechnic State University
Surveys and temperature profiling of historic and current pika sites in the Lassen Peak Region
Megan Mueller, Center for Native Ecosystems
Pika citizen science in the Southern Rockies
Raychel Parks, Central Washington University
Pika habitat occupancy along the I-90 corridor in the Washington Cascade Range
Leah Yandow, University of Wyoming, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Delineating critical habitat elements for American pikas in the face of climate change
Saturday, March 27
Breakfast 7:30–8:00 AM
Working Group Sessions 8:15–9:40 AM
Break 9:40–10:15 AM
Working Group Sessions Continued 10:15–11:00 AM
Full Group Session – Report Out & Next Steps 11:00–12:00 PM
Closing Remarks 12:00–12:15 PM
Lunch 12:15 – 1:00 PM
Sunday, March 28
Check-out 8:00–10:00AM**

 *Arrivals after 5:30 PM on March 25 should call ahead to 307.733.1313 to make arrangements for check-in.
**Check-out is no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday, March 28.

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