Call for Abstracts

Program Chair: Christopher Marshall, Ph.D – Program@serstm.org


ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 4, 2019

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE BY DECEMBER 15, 2019


The Program Committee will select from abstracts submitted in the following session topics outlined below. If your abstract does not fit into one of the topics listed below, please contact the program chair prior to submitting your abstract. Space for oral presentations is limited. All abstracts will be critically reviewed by the Program Committee, and high quality abstracts will receive priority for oral presentation. Poster presentations are encouraged and authors must be present at their posters during designated times to answer questions and discuss their work.

 

RESEARCH PRIORITIES: USING SCIENCE TO MEET CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY GOALS – ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?
This session highlights the influence of management actions on sea turtle conservation, drivers of population dynamics in sea turtles and related relative weighting issues. The session seeks to address assessing the influence of management actions on sea turtle populations given changing environmental conditions across their range.

 

ADDRESSING DATA GAP IN SPECIES RECOVERY GOALS AND
ASSESSING THE INFLUENCE OF RESEARCH ACTIONS
This session will focus on those studies collecting data that specifically addresses species recovery plans and the recovery objectives within these plans, and how these programs communicate their findings to the appropriate agencies that have oversight.

 

IN-WATER BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY OF SEA TURTLES
This session will focus on foraging, developmental habitats, movement ecology and population biology, but other related topics will be considered (e.g., development of behavior, orientation and navigation, migration, male vs. female ecology and behavior, mating systems, normal and abnormal behavior, predator-prey interactions and predation, niches, behavioral ecology, resilience, developmental ecology, ecosystems and communities, trophic interactions, and population modeling).

 

NESTING BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
This session will focus on quantitative nesting beach research, including nest surveys, internesting period, remigration intervals, connectivity of nesting grounds to foraging habitats, clutch size, hatching and emerging success, hatchling production, phenology of nesting.

 

IMPACTS ON NESTING HABITAT AND THREATS TO SEA TURTLE SURVIVAL
This session will highlight issues of nesting habitat and female nesting turtles. Topics include but not limited to light pollution, predation impacts from hard structures such as coastal armoring and breakwaters or from sand placement via beach nourishment, sand by-passing, and dune restoration on marine turtle nesting, reproductive success, and resiliency of nesting beaches.

 

PHYSIOLOGY AND HEALTH OF SEA TURTLES
Topics within this session will focus on conservation physiology and sea turtle health. Topics include, but are not limited to FP, cold-stunning, impact of pollution, plastics and microplastics on sea turtle health, and ecotoxicology.

 

STRANDING NETWORKS: GLEANING POPULATION INFORMATION FROM STRANDED SEA TURTLES
This session will highlight the value of data collected from stranding networks for sea turtle recovery, population dynamics and understanding sea turtle natural history. Potential topics include: age and growth, use of biomarkers in foraging and movement ecology, population biology, forensics, anatomy and physiology).

 

SPECIAL SESSION: SEA TURTLE SCIENCE, RECOVERY AND CONSERVATION IN TEXAS
This session will highlight work and new initiatives being conducted in Texas*. Any area of sea turtle research specific to Texas will be considered including: stranding and salvage, nesting research, beach augmentation (re-nourishment, coastal spine on the upper Texas coast), in-water mark-remark programs, rehabilitation, management in protected areas.

*Abstracts in this session may include work conducted on Kemp’s in Mexico as long as the study has regional-wide impact.

 

SPECIAL SESSION: THE FUTURE OF SEA TURTLE BIOLOGY-STUDENT RESEARCH 
This special session will highlight student-submitted research from the above-listed seven session areas. Student abstracts for this session will be selected by the program committee to be highlighted; abstracts are NOT submitted directly to this session. Selection for this special session will have no bearing on whether students are considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Awards.  Students interested in being considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Awards or for this Special Session should be certain to check the “Student” box of the registration form.

 


GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

  • There is a limit of two abstracts (one oral and one poster abstract or two poster abstracts) per lead author.
  • The lead author must also be the presenter.
  • You must be in attendance to present.
  • You must be registered and registration fees must be paid before an abstract can be submitted. After you have registered, you will have access to submit an abstract through the Abstract Portal on the SERSTN.org website.
  • Regardless of where the lead author resides, all abstracts must pertain to sea turtles in the water or on the beaches of states in the southeastern U.S. (Virginia to Texas and SE US Territories). The only exception will be abstracts submitted for the Special Session: Sea Turtle Science, Recovery and Conservation in Texas. Abstracts to this special session may pertain to work on Kemp’s Ridley’s in Mexico as long as the study has region-wide impact.
  • Oral presentations will be 12 minutes with 3 additional minutes for questions.
  • All abstracts for oral or poster presentations must be submitted online through the SERSTN website.
    • Abstracts should be submitted in English in the space provided and have a maximum of 300 words.
    • No attachments, please.
    • Please note that upon abstract submission, you must choose the most appropriate session for your abstract based on the session titles and descriptions provided above. If your abstract does not fit with one of the topics listed as a session, please contact the program chair prior to submitting your abstract, as other submissions may be accepted.
    • Include as much information as possible so that the committee can make informed choices about which abstracts to accept.
    • Abstracts will also be included (as submitted) in an online proceedings.
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts is NOVEMBER 4, 2019, at midnight CST. No abstracts can be accepted after this date. Edits to previously submitted abstracts can be made until that date. We urge you not to wait until the last day to submit, as unexpected problems can arise during the submission process.
  • There are often more requests for oral presentations than time allows. Your submitted abstract may be selected, but due to limited availability for oral presentations, you may be asked if you would be willing to present a poster instead.
  • Oral presentations should be formatted for MS PowerPoint. If anything else is needed, please contact the Program Chairs.
  • Students will have the option to be considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Award. Awards will be given for first place and runner up in the oral and poster categories. Please note that for the 2020 meeting, and as a reflection of Boyd’s giving spirit , students who wish to be considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Award will be required to contribute a minimum of 2hrs of their time to assist with loading/running presentations during the meeting, or assisting in other ways.
    • If you are a student who is interested in being considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Award, please make sure to select either ‘Poster-Consider for Student Award’ or ‘Oral-Consider for Student Award’ under Presenter Preference dropdown when submitting an abstract.

Boyd Lyon exhibited the qualities that make a good graduate student and a good researcher. He was hard working, dedicated, well-read and committed to learning as much about sea turtles as possible. He strove for excellence in everything that he did. Although he is missed on a daily basis, his legacy lives on in his friends and in the research carried on in his name (see more at the Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Fund). It is with this in mind that we honor him by giving the Boyd Lyon Award for Excellence for best student papers and best student posters. Please address all questions to the Program Chair at Program@serstm.org.


STEPS FOR SUBMITTING YOUR ABSTRACT

Submitting your abstract first requires registering for the meeting. After registering, you will have access to the Abstract Portal section of the SERSTN.org website to submit your abstract.

  • Please review the GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING listed above.
  • While logged into your SERSTN account, click on the ‘Account’ tab on the top menu. Once you have registered for the SERSTM, you will see a link to Submit / Edit Abstract.
  • Click on the Submit / Edit Abstract link from the menu.
  • You will see the Abstract Dashboard. Click on the link that reads ‘+ New Abstract’.
  • Enter the title of your abstract and then enter your abstract into the box that reads ‘Enter description here’. Abstracts are limited to 250 words.
  • On the right side select the Topics (Session) from the dropdown list you want your abstract submitted under.
  • Enter in the Author Information (Name, Email and Affiliation) for each author.
  • Enter in the Presenter Information (Name and Email) of the person presenting the abstract. This should be the lead author!
  • Select your Presenter Preference, eitehr Poster or Oral. If you are a student who is interested in being considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Award, please make sure to select either ‘Poster-Consider for Student Award’ or ‘Oral-Consider for Student Award’ under Presenter Preference dropdown when submitting an abstract.
  • Once everything is entered, click the ‘Submit’ button to the right of  the text ‘New Abstract’ towards the top of the page. You’re finished!

You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have received your abstract. In this email there are instructions for editing your submission before the November 4th deadline. No submissions or edits will take place after that date.


NOTICE OF ACCEPTANCE
The Program Committee will make final decisions on abstract acceptance.  All authors will be notified via email of the acceptance of their oral or poster presentation by November 15, 2019. If you need an acceptance letter sent to someone other than yourself, please specify this in your abstract submission.

Should your abstract be accepted for presentation as a poster, please review our suggested Guidelines for Poster Preparation.


CANCELLATIONS
If for some reason you need to cancel your presentation, please inform the Program Chair (Program@serstm.org) immediately. Those who fail to present their papers or posters without cancelling in advance of the meeting will not be allowed to present in subsequent meetings.

 


Requirements, Guidelines and Suggestions for Poster Preparation for the
2020 Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting

 Please direct questions to the Program Committee at Program@serstm.org

REQUIREMENTS:
There are scheduled poster sessions on on Wednesday evening from 5:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M. to give the audience a chance to meet poster authors. Please plan to be with your poster during that time. Students who are being considered for the Boyd Lyon Award must be at their poster during the poster session to meet judges and answer questions.
Size: The maximum area available for each poster will be 4′ x 4′ (122cm x 122cm). There will not be space for an oversized poster. Therefore, posters that are larger than 4 feet wide will be altered (folded or cut) to fit within the allotted area! It is always a good idea to bring 8½” x 11” pages of your poster that people can take with them.
Language: All poster text should be in English.
Student awards: A student who has entered a poster in the awards competition must be the first author on the poster, presenting his/her own work.
GUIDELINES AND SUGGESTIONS:
Title: The title of the poster should be short but descriptive. Font size should be sufficient that it can be read from 10 feet (3m). 72 point is suggested.
Text size: The main text of the poster should be in a font large enough to be read from 3 feet (1m). A font size between 18 and 24 point (6-8mm) is recommended; secondary text (such as acknowledgements and literature cited) may be slightly smaller but no text should ever be smaller than 14 point (5mm).
Figures: Posters should include figures that illustrate key methods, findings or examples from the study. All text within figures, graphs, charts and tables should be large enough to be read from 3 feet (1m). Use graphs or charts instead of tables whenever possible to make your data easier to “get” at a glance. Remember to use standard deviation/error bars in your graphs and scale bars in your photographs/micrographs. Use arrows to draw attention to specific details in images.
Less is more: Posters that contain a small amount of text and many figures are more likely to be read than posters that have more text and fewer figures. As with a short oral presentation, a poster is not meant to report an entire study but to convey the findings and conclusions of a study and just enough information for the reader to understand the reason for the study and the methods used.
Topic: Stick to only one idea/topic in your poster. Including too much information not directly related to your central idea often confuses and frustrates readers.
Target
audience:
Write your poster for a general audience. Remember that people from many different backgrounds will attend the meeting. Your goal is to create a presentation that anyone can “get” in less than 5 minutes and one that someone with a basic background in your subject matter can fully understand in less than 10 minutes. It is suggested to have paper sized (8½” x 11”) handouts of your poster that people can take with them. Your contact information should be on these handouts.
Organization: Organize your poster into sections and arrange those sections so that it is easy to follow the “flow” of your presentation. If you refer to figures, make it easy to find those figures and return to the starting point in the text quickly.