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Call for Contributed Presentations

Submission of contributed oral, poster, and speed presentations for the 2014 North America Congress for Conservation Biology, “Challenging Conservation Boundaries” on July 13-16, in Missoula, Montana is NOW CLOSED.  Abstracts were due by January 31, 2014. Please Note: If you are a presenter for an approved symposia CLICK HERE to submit your abstract.

Abstract review is in process and you will be notified of your abstract status the week of March 24th.

The scientific program will include plenary sessions, invited symposia, workshops, organized discussions, short courses, poster sessions, and concurrent sessions of contributed oral presentations and speed presentations.  Due to the high level of attendance expected at the meeting and, consequently, limited time and space for oral presentations; poster presentations are strongly encouraged.

Criteria for selection

To increase the probability that your abstract will be accepted in your preferred presentation format, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  1. scientific merit
  2. application to conservation management
  3. clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear statement of an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)

Author registration for the meeting for oral, speed and poster presentations

All presenting authors must register for the meeting by the early registration deadline of April 30, 2014.


  • Individuals are limited to presenting only ONE presentation.  Individuals can present in either a symposium or contributed oral presentation, speed presentation, or poster presentation. If your name appears on more than one abstract, make sure you are listed as the presenter for only one of them.
  • Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes: 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions.
  • Contributed oral presentations will be grouped by topic. Please choose from the list of general topic areas below.  This will assist us in selecting an appropriate session for your presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted but cannot be accommodated as an oral presentation, we may offer you the opportunity to present a poster or a speed talk.
  • All oral presentation rooms will be equipped with AV equipment (computer and projector). Detailed information and instructions on presentations at the meeting will be available to presenters several months before the meeting.


  •  Poster presenters will receive general instructions on poster format in the email notification of acceptance.
  •  Posters will be displayed prominently and special sessions dedicated to posters will allow in-depth discussion  between authors and attendees.


  • If you would like your presentation to lead to an extended conversation with colleagues who are specifically interested in your work, you may wish to submit an abstract for a speed presentation.
  • Speakers will be given four (4) minutes at the beginning of the session to present their key ideas and results.  After speakers have presented, the rest of the session will be spent interacting with the audience in different areas of the room.
  • To participate in the speed presentations, simply submit an abstract according to the standard guidelines and indicate that you would like your abstract to be considered for a speed presentation.
  • If your abstract is accepted for a speed presentation, you will be notified by the Local Organizing Committee and asked to prepare a four-minute presentation instead of a traditional (15-minute) presentation.
  • If you abstract is not accepted for a speed presentation, it still will be considered for a traditional oral presentation or poster.


Student award candidates (restricted to 15-minute oral presentations and posters; no speed presentations) must submit two (2) abstracts. The first abstract is the same as the general call for contributed papers.  The second abstract is an extended abstract (details below).

BOTH abstracts should be submitted online by January 31st, 2014 and formatted according to the instructions provided.

Extended abstracts that are not submitted according to the guidelines below will not be accepted. In recent years, the rejection rate has been approximately 85%. Abstracts have been rejected simply because these instructions were not followed.

  1. Presentation title
  2. Names and complete contact information for all authors and the roles of each author if you have two or more authors on the abstract you are submitting
  3. Length should be between 500 and 800 words
  4. The abstract should have one key figure or table.  No more than 1 figure or table is allowed.  The figure or table legend may not exceed 50 words.
  5. Degree pursued or date of defense, for those who already have received a Ph.D.

Current students and students with a graduation date of July 10, 2014 or later are eligible to apply.


Abstracts should be submitted for all individuals planning on presenting in any format including, oral, speed, and poster presentations as well as for symposia.  Symposia proposals have previously been reviewed.  If your abstract is part of an accepted symposia, please indicate this on the submission form.

Please follow the instructions carefully, including all requested information and formatting. After you submit your abstract, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to verify your abstract. It is your responsibility to verify that ALL information submitted is complete and correct. If you notice errors or omissions, please contact Mikel Robinson at mikelrobinson@live.com.   No changes will be made after the abstract submission deadline. Early notification of acceptance will give you ample time to take advantage of the early registration rate. Please include the following:

  1. Your preferred presentation format (traditional oral, speed, or poster presentation).
  2. Whether your presentation has been invited for a symposium, if so please indicate which one.
  3. Abstract title: Please do not only use upper case, but use both upper and lower case.  Titles are limited to 150 characters.
  4. Abstract:  Abstracts may not exceed 1,000 characters (approximately 150 words), including spaces.  Begin with a clear statement of the topic or objectives, give brief methods and major results, and end with a substantive conclusion.  Do not use vague statements such as “results will be discussed.”  It is the responsibility of the author to verify the information submitted and to correct any errors or omissions before the submission deadline.
  5. Student contest: Name, field, type of degrees (MS/PhD), and graduation year.
  6. Topic areas: Choose the topic areas pertaining to your abstract.  Topics are listed below:



Communications, outreach and education
Community ecology
Community-driven conservation
Conservation genetics
Disturbance ecology
Environmental or ecological economics
Environmental planning
Environmental politics and policy
Global change
Landscape ecology
Political ecology
Population dynamics
Restoration Ecology
Traditional ecological knowledge
Urban ecology
Watershed science


Freshwater and Wetland 
Grassland and Savanna
Land-water interface 
Polar and alpine


Alien and invasive species
Applied ethics and values
Climate change
Conservation in hotspots
Institutional and organizational issues
Integrative/interdisciplinary approaches to conservation
Land use


Adaptive management and monitoring
Conservation capacity building
Conservation GIS
Conservation modeling & population viability
Conservation on private lands
Ecological restoration and recovery of endangered species
Ecosystem/conservation area management
Inventory and monitoring
Land use planning for conservation
Protected area planning and design
Risk assessment and uncertainty
Scientists and managers: bridging the gap
Spatial Ecology and Conservation

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