Symposia Guidelines

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Welcome to Big Sky Country! The Montana Chapter is proud to welcome you as we host the 2017 Western Division Meeting. Located in western Montana, Missoula is a vibrant, active, and scenic setting, and a river really does run through it. The rich cultural and natural history of the region has inspired the conservation and management of fisheries for decades, guaranteed to infuse the range of work you’ll see presented in Missoula.

This meeting will mark the Montana Chapter’s 50th anniversary, when we will celebrate a half-century of exceptional science, stewardship, and dedication to the aquatic resources our members hold dear.

Proposed Symposia

Thank you for your interest in submitting a symposium or workshop proposal. We are no longer accepting abstracts, but here is a list of proposed symposia you may consider contributing a paper to:

  • Climate vulnerability in freshwater and marine ecosystems of western North America: Sensitivity, exposure, and capacity for adaptation
  • Ethical, biological and social issues associated with fish management activities when migration barriers, habitat restoration, species removal, or species stocking that emphasizes one species above another are the centerpiece of the project
  • The human element of aquatic restoration: Working with stakeholders to plan and implement restoration
  • Shifting distributions of fish assemblages in Western rivers: Patterns, drivers, and implications
  • Fifty years of fisheries genetics: Allozymes to genomes
  • Montana Chapter AFS – 50th Anniversary Symposium
  • Advances in applications of fish and hard part microchemistry: Concepts and techniques
  • Reservoir and Lake Fish Dynamics under a climate of change and multi-year drought
  • Overcoming the communication breakdown between scientists and stakeholders
  • Reconnecting non-anadromous fish populations
  • Environmental flow: Using instream flow and water policy to benefit western fisheries
  • Native non-game fishes: Ecological insights and management approaches
  • Transformation of the Upper Clark Fork River Basin: A story of successes, challenges, and the collaboration that is making it happen!
  • Environmental DNA 2.0: What is eDNA doing for fisheries today?
  • Invasive species and fishery management – an examination of current issues
  • Fish passage and barriers
  • Forging stronger links between freshwater food web ecology and fisheries management
  • The Yellowstone River: A lot can change in 692 miles

Important Program Dates and Deadlines

Symposium proposal submission deadline Abstract Submittal is Closed
Deadline for symposium organizers to submit complete list of confirmed presenters and titles 1/30/2017
Symposium organizers contacted regarding abstract acceptance or refusal 2/21/2017
Accepted symposium proposals posted 3/1/2017
Contributed paper (including those for symposia) and poster abstract submission deadline Extended to 3/31/2017

Program Committee Contacts

Program Co-Chairs

Symposia Co-Chairs