Plenary Session

The 2017 Plenary Session Theme is:

Rivers & Streams: Reflecting Landscape Management

and will feature the following speakers (more information to come):

38 Years in 35 Minutes: How to Stay Out of Trouble. - Dave Derrick, River Research & Design, Inc.

Generations on the Land : A Survival Guide - Amy Hays, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Impounding Rivers and Streams in Kansas: Water Storage Continues to Challenge Landscape Management. - Jerry deNoyelles, Kansas Biological Survey

Dave Derrick
Potomologist & VP at River Research & Design, inc

Mr. Derrick graduated from Villanova University with a B. S. Civil Engineering degree in 1978 and has been employed continuously at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Research and Development Center since June of 1978. He currently holds the position of Research Hydraulic Engineer in the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL). In addition, since 1997 Mr. Derrick has held the position of vice president with River Research and Design, Inc. A true innovator, he specializes in environmentally compatible, cost-effective approaches and methodologies for design of river and streambank stabilization and riparian corridor restoration projects; stream investigation and analysis using principles of fluvial geomorphology; sediment transport analysis; navigation channel improvement effects of river training structures; innovative construction methodologies for stream stabilization works; river and stream training structure inspection, monitoring, and performance analysis; and physical movable-bed modeling. David is a very hands-on practitioner and has been actively involved in the development of innovative workshops (assessment, design, construction, and bioengineering), innovative construction methodologies, construction layout techniques, and inspection and monitoring master plans and guidelines for stream and river restoration projects. Mr. Derrick has also been involved in 7 dam removal projects, karst topography (sinkhole) stream stabilization situations, arid dry-wash restorations, and salmon and trout stream restoration. He has practiced in most parts of the country, and his knowledge and practical experience ranges from the Mississippi River to the very smallest of streams.

Jerry deNoyelles 
Kansas Biological Survey

Jerry deNoyelles received his B.A degree from Gettysburg College in 1963, M.S. Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1966, and Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in 1971. He was a professor at the University of Oklahoma from 1972 to 1975 before coming to KU in 1975. Jerry is a native of the coast of New England but now, having lived and worked for more than half of his life in Kansas, feels that he is a Kansan and will remain a Kansan. At KU Jerry has been Chair of the Environmental Studies Program and since 1986 Deputy Director of the Kansas Biological Survey. He has taught environmental science and aquatic ecology courses. He thinks back now very fondly over the hundreds of college students that he has been with in local aquatic and terrestrial habitats. He has always expressed that much of ecology is detective work with all sorts of things to figure out from clues gathered. Jerry has also developed an aquatic research facility since 1975 at the KU Field Station with 200 experimental ponds, outdoor tanks and other types of experimental systems, including a 3 hectare 12 meter deep reservoir. In the latter he has followed natural phytoplankton vertical migration for 24 years, longer and in more detail than has ever been done anywhere. Jerry’s research includes natural lake and reservoir ecology, including the changing ecology with aging of reservoirs in the Great Plains compared to that of natural lakes elsewhere. Over the past 50 years Jerry has many times studied natural lakes in New England, the Rocky Mountains and Canada, while also studying the ecology of constructed reservoirs in the Great Plaines. Jerry says that he particularly values attending and enjoys the annual Kansas Natural Resources Conference because so many of us there are in the “trenches” as we try to do the best for Kansas natural resources. Many different “trenches” for each of us and his continues to be filling with sediment and excess plant growth. Together we are all partners.

Amy Hays
Education Services Manager, Noble Foundation

Generations on the Land : A Survival Guide

Amy Hays serves as the education services manager in the Agricultural Division's producer relations program. She assists the consultation managers with developing educational programming, evaluating programs and designing learning opportunities that support agricultural innovations. Hays specializes in designing adaptive learning environments, generational learning styles, agriculture advocacy, social media outreach and stylized learning. In addition to working with the consultation staff, she assists external agencies and organizations in designing outreach programs and professional development programs on educational engagement for formal and nonformal learners. Hays also manages the Lloyd Noble Scholars in Agriculture program.

Hays joined the Noble Foundation in 2015 after serving a combined 21 years at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife.