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Call for Posters- Discover the Natural Reserve System: A Conference Celebrating the UCSB NRS

Deadline: November 30, 2012

We invite submission of abstracts for poster presentations at the inaugural one-day conference in celebration of the UCSB Natural Reserve System to be held February 8, 2013 at the Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara.

The goal of this Conference is to showcase research and other activities at UCSB Natural Reserves, and in doing so to educate about the NRS broadly across the UCSB campus, the NRS, and the wider community of NRS friends, donors, and affiliates. We envision that researchers already working at the Reserves, researchers considering the Reserves as study sites, and newcomers to the NRS will have the opportunity to discover the NRS across its roles in research, education, and outreach.

We welcome submissions from researchers at all levels who are currently conducting or have conducted research projects at one of the seven UCSB natural reserves, and particularly encourage graduate and undergraduate students to submit. Research projects can be at any stage. We also welcome submissions from agencies, non-profits and other affiliates working on research, conservation and/or education projects that impact reserves or are associated with joint management activities on or adjacent to reserve sites.

The Conference program consists of select, invited talks throughout the day, plus poster sessions and interactive breaks intervening the oral presentations.

Submission Information:

To encourage broad participation, each person is allowed to submit only one abstract where they are listed as presenting author. A person may serve as a non-presenting coauthor on several abstracts.

A. Guidelines for Poster Presentations

* We anticipate that posters will be displayed for one-half day (either 8:30 to 1pm or 1pm to 5:30 pm). There will be two one-hour time slots for set aside specifically for viewing posters (10am to 11am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm). Presenting authors will be scheduled to remain by their posters for discussions during the time slot when their poster is displayed. If an undergraduate has worked significantly on your project encourage her/him to join you to discuss your project.

· We encourage reuse of research posters that were prepared for other meetings.
* The maximum dimensions of the poster boards are 5 ft. wide x 3 1/2 feet tall. These are maximum dimensions for each poster; there is no width x height requirement except that the poster fits on the board.
* Pushpins will be supplied and are the only method for attaching the poster to the board.
* Poster presenters may not use audio-visual equipment but are welcome to bring along handouts associated with their presentation.

· If you need funding to assist with printing your poster please contact Donna Moore ( to inquire about the availability of support.

B. Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract format: Please format your abstract exactly like the following example:


Smith, A.B.1*, Jones C.D.2, and Black, H.R.3

1. University of California Santa Barbara, 2. The Nature Conservancy, 3. U.S. Geographical Survey

Text of abstract — word limit is 250 words or less. The abstract should include information on background, questions, methods, results and conclusions of your project (unless your project is in the early stages and there are no results or conclusions).

TITLE: your title should be ALL CAPS and bold text with 130 characters maximum, including spaces.

Author names: Last name, First and Middle Initial. Include a number (in superscript) following each author’s name to identify their affiliation. Include an asterisk next to the name of the author that will be presenting the poster at the conference.

Affiliations: Italicize the affiliations and include numbers in front of each to identify the affiliation of each author.

Abstract file format:

· Abstracts must be submitted in a Word document (.doc or .docx)

· Abstract files must be named: Poster_YourLastName_YourFirstName.doc

Submission of Abstracts

· Email abstracts to Donna Moore ( by November 30, 2012.

· Email must include name, affiliation (include department if you are from UCSB), day-time phone number and email address of submitting author. This information is required for the NRS to respond to your submission. The abstract Word file (see above) must be attached to the email containing the above information.

C. Abstract Notifications:

* Make sure your email address is correct when submitting your abstract. Your email will be the only way we can notify you about your submission.

· Notification of Acceptance: You will receive notification about the disposition of your abstract via e-mail by December 21, 2012.

· Accepted abstracts will be posted on line on the UCSB NRS website (
* Notification of Scheduling: You will be notified of session of your presentation via e-mail by January 14, 2013.

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