Contributed Papers & Posters Guidelines

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.

Instructions for Presenters

Thank you for preparing a paper presentation. The standard presentation time slot is 20 minutes. You will receive 15 minutes to present, followed by 5 minutes for questioning and room change. Please adhere to this format unless we have agreed to accommodate a variation of it previously.

To ensure your presentation is loaded onto the correct meeting laptop, please use the following format of your filename: Day_Room_Time_FirstName_LastName.ppt

Example: Monday_201A_1400_Jane_Doe.pptx

Time should be in a 24 hour format. Only PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files will be accepted.

You must upload your presentation at least one day prior to your scheduled presentation. 

Please note that Tuesday presenters must upload their presentations on Monday. The presentation loading will take place in the Grand Foyer of the University of Montana University Center and will be open during the following days and times:

Monday, May 22: 3pm-6 pm

Tuesday, May 23: 7am-5pm

Wednesday, May 24: 7 am-5pm

Additional information about the conference and your presentation:

  • Moderators are instructed to strictly adhere to the time schedule. Moderators may continue accepting questions for a speaker during the room change period.
  • You may not use your personal lap top.
  • Presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Your poster presentation should contain succinct headings that organize and logically display the information. Graphics should be explicit and brief. Elaboration is best done verbally, just as if it were an oral presentation using slides. A short and legible “Introduction” and a “Summary of Conclusions” are essential. The poster display should focus on:

  • Hypothesis or Objective
  • Methods
  • Results or Outcomes

Dimensions and Attachment Options

Please restrict your poster to a maximum size of 3′ high x 4′ wide and have a smooth finish.

Your posters have been grouped and placed on one of eight room dividers measuring 6’ high and 16’ long. Four posters will be placed on each divider. The table on page 2 provides your poster number (divider number – placement on divider).

Poster can be attached to the dividers with pins, tape, or alligator clips. You are responsible for providing your own form of attachment.


  • Title or Banner: includes title, author(s), and agency affiliation.
  • Abstract: what, why, how, results.
  • Introduction: State the problem and area of investigation.
  • Purpose/Objectives: What you specifically intended to investigate.
  • Methods: Apparatus, lab or field techniques, etc.
  • Results: graphs, photos, artwork, simple tables, etc.
  • Conclusions: list findings, summary, interpretation, and management implications.

Organizational Tips

  • Bulleted lists, short phrases, and flow charts are most effective.
  • Convert tables to figures whenever possible, figures are easier to understand.
  • Keep figures simple using bold lines and symbols.
  • Keep tables simple (maximum of 5 columns and 3 rows are a good guide).
  • Keep figure and table captions/legends short and informative.
  • Use adequate “white” space around text statements for easier reading.

Posters should be readable from a distance of 6 feet (2 m).

Poster Session Information

Posters will be on display throughout the meeting in the UC Commons.  Poster set up opens on Monday May 22rd at 9 am.  The Poster Session Social is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on May 23rd.  Presenters must be available at this time to answer questions. Posters must be dismantled by 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 25th.

Student posters will be reviewed and judged for the Best Student Poster award.

Please follow the link to see the Presentation Program for Technical Sessions.

Number Poster Title Author

Student Posters

1-1 Analysis of Spiny Softshell Turtle Distribution and Abundance in Four Rivers Systems in Eastern Montana Gabriel Aponte
1-2 Reproductive Strategies of White Sands Pupfish Inhabiting Stable and Variable Habitats Adam Baca
1-3 PIT Tag Retention in a Native Catfish Timothy D’Amico
1-4 Columbia River Northern Pike – Investigating the Movement and Life History of an Invasive Freshwater Predator in British Columbia, Canada Dan Doutaz
2-1 Using Otoliths to Describe Brown Trout Growth Patterns in the Upper Clark Fork River Martin Etchemendy
2-2 Reconstructing Temperature-Mediated Growth in Juvenile Chinook Using Otolith δ18O Katherine Gillies-Rector
2-3 Alternatives to Mechanically Deflating Swim Bladders: Potential Physiological Method in Recreational and Commercial Fisheries Joshua Goff
2-4 Instream Structures Increase Pool Habitat for Cutthroat Trout in Simplified Headwater Streams Tyson Hallbert
3-1 Life History Diversity in Post-Spawn Female Steelhead Trout Assessed Using Plasma Estradiol-17B: Relationship with Growth and Energy Reserves Laura Jenkins
3-2 Population Characteristics and the Influence of Discharge on Bluehead Suckers and Flannelmouth Suckers Zachary Klein
3-3 Using USGS StreamStats to Evaluate Relationships Between Fish Populations and Flow Regime Larissa Lee
3-4 An Alternative Approach to Designing Fish Passage Structures: Design, Construction, and Operation of a Full-scale Indoor Research Fishway Tyler Swarr
4-1 Using Juvenile Fish Composition to Examine Adult Walleye Use of the Missouri River Upstream of Canyon Ferry Reservoir Tanner Traxler
4-2 Physiological Responses of Fishes to Stressors Associated with Oil and Natural Gas Development Richard Walker

Professional Posters

5-1 Improving Reservoir Fish Habitat: A Story on Building Relationships and Saving Money Amberle Jones
5-2 Deer Creek Floodplain Enhancement Project: A Modern Approach to Process-Based Ecosystem Restoration Kate Meyer
5-3 French and Moose Creek Restoration Project Case Study Matt Barnes
5-4 Jeep in a Creek: Evaluating Riparian OHV Roads, Effects to Aquatic Fauna, and Restoration Efficacy in a Central Rocky Mountain Headwater Stream Matthew Fairchild
6-1 The Merced River S.A.F.E Plan – Riverine and Riparian Restoration Jarvis Caldwell
6-2 Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Program Susan Ireland
6-3 Environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampling for Aquatic Species Thomas Franklin
6-4 Upper Snake River Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Scott Hauser
7-1 Big Biology Meets Microclimatology: Defining Thermal Niches of Trout and other Species for Conservation Planning using Large Interagency Databases Dan Isaak
7-2 The Crowd-sourced NorWeST Temperature Database and Massive Microclimate Scenarios for Streams and Rivers of the American West Dan Isaak
7-3 Suppression of Nonnative Salmonids to Benefit Migratory Bull Trout in an Open System: An Update of the Effort on the East Fork Bull River, Montana Sean Moran
7-4 Investigation of the Suitability of Insect Meals as Protein Sources for Rainbow Trout Cheyenne Owens
8-1 A Map and Database of Westslope Cutthroat Trout Hybridization Zones Throughout Idaho and Montana Streams Mike Young
8-2 Trophic Plasticity of a Renowned Piscivore: Dietary Patterns of Northern Pike in its Native and Invasive Ranges of Alaska Nate Cathcart
8-3 Using Standard Benthic Macroinvertebrate Sampling to Derive Food Web Metrics in Salmon-bearing Streams Sean Sullivan
8-4 Assessment of Bull Trout Distribution in the Wenatchee River Basin Through the use of Environmental DNA Technology Jose Vazquez


Program Committee Contacts

Program Co-Chairs

Contributed Papers Co-Chairs