The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society

2018 Spring Conference

Crystal River, Florida

11-13 April 2018

The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its annual Spring Meeting at the Plantation in Crystal River, Florida, 11-13 April 2018. The event will begin with a scavenger hunt (with prizes for student-professional teams), a symposium on Coastal Conservation in Florida, a business meeting, and social on Wednesday. We’ll have a plenary session on Managing Florida’s Coastal Resources, followed by concurrent technical sessions, a poster session, and a banquet dinner on Thursday. A workshop on the use of 3D printing for science and 2 local field trips are scheduled for Friday.

This meeting provides an excellent opportunity for students and professionals working on wildlife research or habitat management in Florida to present results of recent research, talk about ongoing monitoring efforts, discuss collaborations, and share ideas. Current students will have special incentives to attend, such as reduced fees for registration and lodging, the student-mentor scavenger hunt, a chance to win awards, as well as networking opportunities. Oral presentations and posters dealing with any wildlife-related topic are encouraged, including ecology, economics, management, restoration, risk assessment, policy, evolutionary biology, and interdisciplinary projects. Abstracts will be edited and included in a meeting program booklet; proceedings will not be published.

Instructions for submitting abstracts (Papers and Posters)

 The deadline for submitting abstracts is 19 March 2018. Each abstract should be a single paragraph with 350 words or less, with no embedded citations. It should conform to the general style of Journal of Wildlife Management abstracts (keywords not necessary; see sample abstract below). The full name, affiliation, phone number, and email of all authors should be provided with the abstract. The name of the author presenting at the conference should be underlined. Student abstracts should be clearly identified as such, as well as type of presentation (paper or poster). An abbreviated heading including the title and author name(s) should also appear before the abstract body (see example below). Use standard abbreviations for units of measure. Other abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out in full at first mention, followed by the abbreviation/acronym in parentheses. A notification of acceptance or rejection will be emailed to the corresponding author no later than 26 March 2018. Abstracts should be submitted via email in MSWord format to Paul Moler at

Guidelines for paper presentations
Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, including 3-5 minutes for questions. A laptop and LCD projector will be provided. Please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive; name the presentation file with your last name and title of the talk. An AV assistant will be on hand in each meeting room for 15 minutes prior to the start of each technical session. Give your USB flash drive to the AV assistant before the start of your technical session. There will not be time to copy files once a session has begun. LCD presentations must be made using PowerPoint software. Macintosh users should ensure that their presentations will function properly in a Windows environment. DO NOT bring presentations on a CD or any other medium.

Guidelines for poster presentations
Posters should be no larger than 100 cm (40 in) tall by 150 cm (60 in) wide. Poster stations will be provided and include a foam-core display board, easel, push pins, binder clips and tape. If you require a table for pamphlets, brochures, or other display items, please indicate this on your abstract submission. Poster stations will be available at the start of the conference. We ask that posters be put in place the first day of the event and stay up for the duration of the conference. Poster authors are required to be present at their stations for one hour during the designated Poster Social to answer questions.


Sample Abstract Submission

 Corresponding Author

Toobee R. Estord

South Florida Water Management District


 Student or nonstudent (select one), paper or poster (select one)

The effects of fish size on net energy intake of snowy egrets. T. R. Estord and M. Ritters


TOOBEE R. ESTORD, South Florida Water Management District,, 561-686-8800; MORK RITTERS, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,, 561-686-8200

Draining wetlands reduces their hydroperiod and causes a shift in the size structure of the fish community toward smaller and younger fish. Reduced fish size could potentially impact snowy egrets (Egretta thula) if it reduced their net energy intake. We tested the hypothesis...