Abstract Submission Instructions
Submission Deadline - Titles and abstracts must be submitted by October 16th, 2017. Submissions addressing original research or syntheses related to ecology, ethology, systematics and conservation of southeastern fishes are welcome, and will be accepted in the order received. Submit early! If we receive titles and abstracts after all slots for oral presentations are filled, we will ask that the authors present in the poster session provided there is space available.
Posters - Poster size is limited to maximum of 48" wide. If you have other requirements, please contact Matt Wagner to verify availability.
Presentations - Presentations are limited to 15 minutes, including time for questions. Computer and projector will be provided.
Lightning Talks - Presentations are limited to five minutes with no questions allowed. This time limit is strictly enforced. These will be scheduled for Thursday so that authors and audience can discuss presentations during the social that evening.
Abstract Limits - Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Any abstracts submitted that are longer may be edited for brevity by organizers without the consent of authors.
Authorship - Multiple authors are acceptable. However, please indicate which author is presenting (details on submission form). Only one submission per presenter is allowed.
Awards - If you are a student and would like to be included in the best student paper or poster competition, please indicate by selecting "yes" for Student Competition.


Sample abstract:

SPECIES-HABITAT ASSOCIATIONS OF A RARE TENNESSEE STREAM FISH AT FOUR SPATIAL SCALES
Brianna Zuber* and Hayden T. Mattingly
Tennessee Technological University

Identifying factors that influence habitat use is fundamental to developing conservation strategies for rare species. Knowledge of habitat relationships at multiple scales can also be useful for conservation efforts for rare stream fishes. The Barrens Plateau region of middle Tennessee harbors a number of unique and rare aquatic species, including the Barrens darter (Etheostoma forbesi). During June-October of 2009, we sampled 44 100-m reaches in 29 streams for Barrens darters. We studied the darter's distributional patterns at four spatial scales (microhabitat, reach, local, and network) to determine habitat variables significantly associated with Barrens darter presence or absence. GIS was used to examine the spatial distribution of the Barrens darter in relation to historic (1976) and current (2006) land cover at the local and network scales. At the reach scale, Barrens darter distribution was associated with five variables: link magnitude, stream gradient, dissolved oxygen, pH, and an index of bank erosion. Darters were more likely to be present in reaches with link magnitudes <5, stream gradients between 0.3 and 0.8 % slope, and dissolved oxygen concentrations <7.5 mg/l. With the exception of one site, Barrens darters were more likely to be found in reaches with pH <8 and low levels of bank erosion. Although six microhabitat variables were measured, our analyses did not reveal any important darter-habitat associations at this scale. At the local and network scales, the historic local, current local, and current network models suggested that Barrens darters are more likely to occupy areas that have experienced less change in land cover from 1976 to 2006 than other surveyed sites. Reach-scale, historic, and current land cover variables are potentially important in explaining the current distribution of the Barrens darter.