Working beyond boundaries. Collaboration as a key to natural areas management.


Abstract Submission

Deadline for entry is Friday, May 12.

The Natural Areas Conference is one of the nation’s premier gatherings of conservation professionals, educators, and scientists.

Each year our conference focuses on a different overarching theme and a number of topics of regional and national importance to natural areas practitioners. This year, our theme is Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management. Here is our list of this year’s conference topics.

We are inviting several different kinds of proposals on these topics, under the headings of Special Sessions and General Sessions. The types of proposals we are seeking, and instructions on how to submit, are listed below.

Special Sessions

  • Organized Oral Sessions are cohesive sessions where 4 of the 6 speaker slots will be filled by the session organizers, and 2 will be filled by the program committee from the pool of accepted submitted ‘oral presentation’ abstracts. Talks are 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

  • Symposia consist of 5 invited speakers whose talks are very strongly integrated. Talks are 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Afterward, there will be 30 minutes for facilitated discussion.

  • Workshops have a greater instructional component than oral sessions and symposia, and participants typically remain in the workshop for the entire session. NOTE: Acceptance criteria for Workshops has changed. We will no longer accept Workshop proposals on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Sessions

  • Oral Presentations will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate. The role of discussion and questions in oral presentations will be significant; each presenter will be required to provide 2 or 3 prepared questions to spur discussion on their presentation. These questions can be provided to the moderator, who can ask these questions in the event that the audience does not. Each presenter should consider it part of their responsibility to foster an exchange with the audience on the ideas contained in their presentation.

  • Poster Presentations will occur during a poster session on Tuesday, October 10. We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions posed by conference participants. Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.

Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page. Find out more about the student paper and poster competition, student discounts, and student programming in our Student Webpage.

Submission Instructions

For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation. In other words, for Organized Oral Sessions, session organizers must submit 4 abstracts AS WELL AS the formal proposal for the Organized Oral Session itself. For Symposia, session organizers must submit 5 abstracts AS WELL AS the formal proposal for the Symposium. See the detailed descriptions of Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions for more detail.

For each individual presentation, including Oral Presentations and Poster Presentations, the person submitting must send in one abstract

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Susan Panjabi. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:

Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)

Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Arial, 10 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space. See example at bottom of this page.

Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters

Each submitted abstract must include the following and carefully adhere to these guidelines:

  • Title

    Complete title must be capitalized, including subtitle.

  • Author(s)

    List the full first and last names of author(s). Underline and list the presenting author first, and include his/her full contact information (affiliation, address, phone number, and email) below the author list. If there are other authors, also list abbreviated contact information (affiliation, email), and use superscripts to connect each author with their contact information; do not use the same superscript for authors from the same affiliation. Hyperlink email addresses. See the example abstract below for more guidance on how to properly format this section.

  • Body of Abstract

    Abstracts must not exceed 250 words. Emphasize the results of a study or the practical application of a resource management project or program, and keep to one paragraph.

  • Session Topics

    Identify the topic(s) in which you think this presentation best fits.

  • Format

    Indicate Oral presentation; (and whether for a general session, organized session, or symposia) OR poster presentation.

  • Student Competition

    • Students Indicate interest in entering the student paper or poster contest.

    • Non-students Indicate interest in judging the student paper or poster contest.

Abstract Example

Barbara K. Andreas1, John J. Mack2, and James S. McCormac3
1Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University.
2Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
3Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Floristic Quality Assessment Index (FQAI) is a variation on a long tradition of richness and diversity indices in ecology and can be conceptualized as the weighted averaging of species richness...

Session Topic: Conservation Planning & Technology
Format: Oral Presentation
Student Competition: No

Session Topics

See the complete list of this year’s Session Topics.

Recent Abstracts

All oral and poster abstracts are provided in one PDF document. Note: Document is over 300 pages long.

2016 Abstracts