2016 ACTWS Conference:  Badlands Spectacular

Evolution in a rapidly changing environment. Can lessons from the past direct future wildlife conservation?

How can understanding past extinctions provide context for current conservation issues in the Anthropocene? How are wildlife evolving within our rapidly changing environment, and how does this understanding inform our expectations for the future? How are wildlife management/conservation organizations adapting to modern challenges, or how should they be?

We will explore past extinctions and contemporary evolution, the lessons they provide about adaptation, and how these lessons can be applied to modern conservation. Our plenary session will host scientists from the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Universities across Canada engaged in evolution and conservation. Our keynote speaker will talk about life in the Anthropocene and sustainability in the heart of the modern extinction event. We encourage contributed talks from all biologists engaged in all aspects of Alberta ecology, from plants and animals to landscapes and evolution.

WHEN March 4-6, 2016 – Plan for three full days

WHY See invited talks from students and professionals working in Alberta, and guest speakers involved in conservation advocacy from field biology to the media.

WHERE Badlands Community Facility in Drumheller, AB   80 Veterans Way, Drumheller, AB (403) 823-1370

HIGHLIGHTS Keynote Presentation – Wild Spaces and Urban Places: making the habitat conservation connection – Dr. Jennie Moore, Director Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship at British Columbia Institute of Technology Conference Program (Draft, February 15):

REGISTER Online registration is available through our Membership Portal.


FRIDAY 0900 -2300 Field Trips Workshops Student Conclave Annual General Meeting Opening Mixer

SATURDAY 0900 – 2400 Plenary Session Keynote Address Concurrent Sessions Awards Banquet Auction + Dancing

SUNDAY 0900 – 1600 Concurrent Sessions Poster Sessions Student Awards Grande Finale

Membership + Rates

Visit our Membership Portal to join the ACTWS or renew your membership and to register for our events.

Our Scholarships page has information on travel grants for students who will be attending the conference.


The Conference will take place at the Badlands Community Facility located in central Drumheller, immediately south of the River. The Quality Hotel, Super 8, and Ramada Inn and Suites are located close to each other within walking distance (about 0.5 kilometres) from the Facility. The Canalta Jurassic is another good option but located a kilometre further away from the Facility.

Conference Sponsors


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...as well as Bill Samuel, Elston Dzus, and many other individual donors!

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