2018 Annual Meeting of North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society
Columbia, Missouri – Courtyard by Marriott
October 21-25, 2018
The North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society (NASPS) invites you to attend our 2018 annual meeting in Columbia, Missouri on October 21st-25th. This will be a stand-alone meeting for the society and will provide a forum for sturgeon and paddlefish professionals to discuss new and emerging research geared toward a number of themes including conservation, restoration, and sustainable management.
The meeting will begin with 3 days of contributed sessions and end with continuing education workshops. This meeting is designed to provide great amenities for a very reasonable registration cost. Therefore, the majority of the meals (all breakfasts and lunches) will be included in the registration cost. Also included are a welcome social on Sunday, October 21st (6-9 PM), a student-mentor social on Monday, October 21st (5:30-6:30 PM), and a poster session (5:00-6:00 PM) and dinner banquet (6:00-10:00 PM) on Wednesday, October 24th.
We will have an exciting new meeting format that includes two half-day special symposia with the intention to facilitate focused sessions on specific issues with an outcome that leads to identifying key uncertainties and data gaps, opportunities for analyses or new research avenues, and increased partnerships among researchers working toward common questions related to sturgeon and paddlefish recovery. The half-day symposium on Tuesday October 23rd will be Recruitment Bottlenecks for Sturgeons and Paddlefish. The half-day symposium on Wednesday October 24th will be Population Dynamics.
TRANSPORTATION AND HOTEL INFORMATION
Columbia is located in northern mid-Missouri and is approximately one hour from the Missouri River, the longest river in North America. Pallid Sturgeon, Shovelnose Sturgeon, Lake Sturgeon, and Paddlefish may be found in the Missouri River Osage River confluence.
The Columbia Regional Airport may be accessed directly from Chicago and Denver. Kansas City International Airport also provides numerous flights and many different carriers and is 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Columbia, while Lambert International Airport in St. Louis provides numerous flights and is 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Columbia.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriot (3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd) at the conference rate of $99/night. To make a reservation, go to www.marriott.com/coucy, enter the dates and under the group code enter SPSSPSA for a King with sofa sleeper room or SPSSPSB for a double queen room. You may also call 1-800-MARRIOTT or 573-443-8000 and use the same codes.
Meeting registration is available below using our PayPal button. Please use the drop down menu in the PayPal button to choose the correct registration fee (you will need to click on the little black arrow on the right hand side of the drop down menu to choose the correct registration fee before you click on the BUY NOW button).
Registration for NASPS members (regular, senior, and lifetime) is $350, NASPS student members is $300, and non-NASPS members is $420 (this does not include NASPS membership dues).
You can become a NASPS member or renew your NASPS membership at www.nasps-sturgeon.org/about/join-us.aspx
Registration deadline is October 5. There will be no on-site registration.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION-DEADLINE July 2nd
Session themes for the meeting will include:
Biology and Ecology
Aquaculture and Conservation Propagation
Bottlenecks to Recovery
Abstracts will be submitted online. Please submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) starting May 10th using the following link
Abstracts should include a statement of objectives, a brief description of methods, principal results, and conclusions or management recommendations. Include scientific names in the abstract, but not in the title. The title should clearly describe what will be presented and should avoid abbreviation of place names (e.g. state or country).
Pay close attention to directions in the online form when formatting the presenting author’s name, affiliation, address, phone, and e-mail, and names of co-authors and their affiliations.
All presenters must indicate their presentation preference – ORAL or POSTER at the time of submission.
Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (15 minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions). For guidelines for oral and poster presentations, please look at the following document when preparing for the meeting:
Guidelines for Submission of NASPS Oral Presentations and Posters
For any questions about abstracts or the online submission, please contact Dr. James Crossman at email@example.com.
STUDENT MENTOR SOCIAL (Monday, October 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM)
Students, come and meet sturgeon professionals in your field of interest: ecology/habitat, management, genetics, behavior, life history/physiology!
Please email the NASPS Student Subunit President Michael Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to participate. Include your name, if you are a Student or Mentor, your agency/institution, and your area of professional interest in the email.
Three workshops will be offered on Thursday October 25th. The workshops will be Advanced Analyses of Telemetry Data, Stock Assessment/Population Dynamics, and Habitat Restoration. More information and registration will be available soon!
STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS
Students may apply for travel awards ($500 each). Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student in Canada or the U.S. (regardless of degree) and must be a student member of NASPS. Funds are not distributed in advance of the meeting. Students must be present at the meeting to receive the funds.
To apply, see the following link:
Submit materials electronically by June 30th to email@example.com.
All refund requests must be made in writing by email to Andrea Schreier (firstname.lastname@example.org) and received no later than 5 PM PST on October 8th. A total of 80% of the meeting charges will be refunded. Full refunds will be issued in the case of cancellation of a continuing education workshop.
The 2018 Program-at-a-Glance may been reviewed by clicking on the following link
NASPS 2018 Annual Meeting Program-at-a-Glance