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2018 Annual Meeting of the North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society

NASPS 2018 Annual Meeting Announcement

2018 Annual Meeting of North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society
Columbia, Missouri – Courtyard by Marriott

October 21-25, 2018 The North American Sturgeon and Paddlefish Society (NASPS) invites you to attend our 2018 annual meeting in Columbia, Missouri on October 21st-25th. This will be a stand-alone meeting for the society and will provide a forum for sturgeon and paddlefish students, professionals and academics to discuss new and emerging research geared toward a number of themes including conservation, restoration, and sustainable management.

The meeting will begin with 3 days of contributed sessions and end with continuing education workshops. This meeting is designed to provide great amenities for a very reasonable registration cost. Therefore, the majority of the meals (all breakfasts and lunches) will be included in the registration cost. Also included are a welcome social on Sunday, October 21st (6-9 PM), a student-mentor social on Tuesday, October 23rd (5:30-6:30 PM), and a poster session (5:00-6:00 PM) and dinner banquet (6:00-10:00 PM) on Wednesday, October 24th. We will have an exciting new meeting format that includes two half-day special symposia with the intention to facilitate focused sessions on specific issues with an outcome that lea

Registration for NASPS members (regular, senior, and lifetime) is $350, NASPS student members is $300, and non-NASPS members is $420 (this does not include NASPS membership dues). You can become a NASPS member or renew your NASPS membership at www.nasps-sturgeon.org/about/join-us.aspx Registration deadline is October 5.


The Columbia Regional Airport may be accessed directly from Chicago and Denver. Kansas City International Airport also provides numerous flights and many different carriers and is 2 hours and 15 minutes away from Columbia, while Lambert International Airport in St. Louis provides numerous flights and is 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Columbia. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard by Marriot (3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd) at the conference rate of $99/night. To make a reservation, go to www.marriott.com/coucy, enter the dates and under the group code enter SPSSPSA for a King with sofa sleeper room or SPSSPSB for a double queen room. You may also call 1-800-MARRIOTT or 573-443-8000 and use the same codes.


Meeting registration is available on the NASPS website


Please submit abstracts online (maximum 300 words) using the following link
https://goo.gl/forms/PLVeLTHSOA7fb43D2. Guidelines for abstract submission and oral and poster presentations may be found on the NASPS website. Abstract submission deadline is July 2


Three workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 25th. The workshops will be Advanced Analyses of Telemetry Data, Stock Assessment/Population Dynamics, and Habitat Restoration. More information will be available soon!


Students may apply for travel assistance awarded on a competitive basis ($500 each). Applicants must be currently enrolled as a student in Canada or the U.S. (regardless of degree) and must be a student member of NASPS. To apply, see the following link: http://www.nasps-sturgeon.org/students/student-benefits.aspx Travel Award deadline is June 30


Students may apply for the Student Mentor Collaboration award on a competitive basis ($2,500 USD). The student must be 1) enrolled as a full-time MS or Ph.D. student in Canada or the U.S. during the tenure of the award working with sturgeons or paddlefish and 2) both the student and their collaborators must be members of NASPS during the tenure of the award. To apply, see the following link: http://www.nasps-sturgeon.org/students/student-benefits.aspx Student Mentor Collaboration Award deadline is June 30 ds to identifying key uncertainties and data gaps, opportunities for analyses or new research avenues, and increased partnerships among researchers working toward common questions related to sturgeon and paddlefish recovery. The half-day symposium on Tuesday, October 23rd will be Recruitment Bottlenecks for Sturgeons and Paddlefish. The half-day symposium on Wednesday, October 24th will be Population Dynamics.