Symposium Information

Copper River Delta Science Symposium (CRDSS) in Cordova, Alaska, provides a forum for researchers and managers to better integrate current knowledge and plan future research efforts on the delta. Presentations will focus on the delta as a system covering topics from hydrology and geomorphology to avian nesting ecology and trophic relationships. This conference will provide an opportunity for inter-disciplinary examination of the delta and to identify future research in the face of climate change and other environmental transformations.


Alaska's Copper River delta has a long and rich research history to better understand the many ecological, biological and physical systems that make up this unique venue.

Twelve delta research conferences have occurred beginning in the early 1970's. The U.S. Forest Service and the Cordova Ranger District, the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Ducks Unlimited and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies supported the most recent conference in 1999. Since 1999, many research projects have come to fruition, new initiatives have been put in place, and many issues have come to the fore including climate change impacts. At this symposium, we hope to review research, synergize among established and new researchers, and broaden awareness of research needs.

If you have conducted research in the Copper River delta area, we invite you to bring your work to this symposium!


Talks and posters will span all dimensions of delta research including::

The program will be updated as necessary until the time of the meeting.

We are planning a welcome reception the evening of March 21 and a symposium dinner ($35) with local interactive entertainment and no-host bar at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn on Tuesday, March 22.

Keynote Speaker

Ken Cummins

Ken W. Cummins is Co-Director of the Institute for River Ecosystems, Senior Advisory Scientist, California Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, and Adjunct Professor, Fishery Biology Department at Humboldt State University. Born in Chicago, Dr. Cummins received a B.A. (Biology), M.S. (Fisheries) PhD.(Zoology/Limnology) from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. Cummins' areas of expertise include freshwater ecosystem structure and function (especially streams); general aquatic ecosystem theory, especially riparian interactions, and functional analysis of freshwater systems. His numerous books and publications include the classic An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America (third edition, 1996, coedited with R.W. Merritt).

Location and Facilities

The symposium will be held at Cordova's Little Chapel located on Lake Avenue. The church is located about six blocks from downtown.

Cordova housing options include the Reluctant Fisherman Inn, Prince William Motel, Lighthouse Inn, and B&B establishments. For accommodations and reservation information, visit the Cordova Chamber web site:

Cordova has a taxi company operating from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., an airport shuttle (the airport is 13 miles one-way), and a car rental. Contact information is on the chamber site. USFS will be providing some airport shuttles.

We are nearly in sync digitally with the outside world—most hotels have wireless available, and major cell phone carriers including GCI, ACS, Verizon and AT&T are worth a try.

Visitor Information

For information on hotels, restaurants, museums, sightseeing opportunities and attractions, please visit the Cordova Chamber web site.


The registration fee for the symposium is $50.00 US. The fee covers breakfast, lunch and break refreshments daily. The banquet dinner is available for an additional $35. You are urged to register and pay your fees in advance so that adequate materials are available.

If you have any questions or need further information, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Steering Committee


Symposium Contact Information

Allison Bidlack
Ecotrust Copper River Program
Cordova, Alaska
Phone: 907-424-3541

Erin Cooper
Cordova Ranger District
U.S. Forest Service
Cordova, Alaska
Phone: 907-424-7661