Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Poster presentations contain scientific research on poster boards with opportunities for displaying and discussing your research during specified sessions. Technical and Poster Sessions will be organized based on discipline selection during the abstract submission process.
Thematic sessions also will be included in the program! These sessions are intended to highlight research in new and important areas. Thematic Sessions will occur alongside regular technical sessions but may use alternative formatting as necessary (e.g., 30-minute talks). Session topics this year include: Conservation in Human-Altered Systems; “Mammal Selfies” – Camera Trap Applications in Wildlife Biology; Pangolins, Pikas, and Polar Bears – Recent Advances in the Conservation of Threatened Taxa; and Problematic Nodes in the Mammal Tree of Life. In addition, a 5-Minute Lightning Talk Session is being organized for those with projects just getting off the ground. Abstracts will be vetted and selected for each Thematic Session by the Program Committee. Please contact contact us for more information!
Important Note: All presenters must register and submit full payment for the conference prior to submitting their abstract. Your registration receipt will include the abstract submission link. It is recommended that registration and payment be completed in advance to reduce unforeseen issues. An abstract will not be accepted for the program until the presenting author has registered and paid in full.
In general, abstracts should follow the format and style of the Journal of Mammalogy.
Note: Abstracts not following the format and style above will be returned to the presenting author for revision and will not be accepted into the program until revised correctly. If you have questions regarding abstract format, please contact us.
Example (as seen in the program):
Untangling lousey chipmunk relationships
Kayce C. Bell*, Diego J. Matek, Jason L. Malaney, John R. Demboski, and Joseph A. Cook
Department of Biology and Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131 USA (KCB, DJM, JLM, JAC); Department of Zoology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO 80205 USA (JRD)
Many factors influence host-parasite interactions. While the interacting species may directly impact each other, abiotic factors may also play a role in determining biotic distributions. Obligate parasites of mammals are usually considered in the context that their host is the prime environmental factor and then investigated to determine if that association is driving the parasite’s distribution. However, growing evidence suggests that some parasites are susceptible to external climate conditions such as temperature and humidity. Here we investigate 2 questions concerning sucking lice and chipmunks in western North America (genus Tamias, subgenus Neotamias). Are sucking lice lineages co-diverging with individual chipmunk species? Are sucking lice distributions dictated solely by host distributions, or are they constrained by climate factors? We use molecular data to estimate phylogenetic relationships among one species of sucking louse that parasitizes western chipmunks. In addition, we use species distribution models to explore the relationship between the climates parasites and hosts are found in. Lice were obtained from recently collected chipmunks as well as museum specimens at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Preliminary findings suggest that lice lineages are co-diverging with each chipmunk species, but that abiotic variables may play a role in constraining the current distributions of sucking lice. Understanding the roles of biotic and abiotic factors in determining species distributions provides a critical backdrop to phylogeographic and host-parasite investigations.