UPDATE (9/13/18): The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has extended the deadline again! The new deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 19.
The deadline to submit abstracts for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium has been extended until Sept. 14.
The symposium will take place Nov. 28-29 in Mobile, Alabama, and its theme is "Navigating Waves of Change."
Scientists, resource managers, elected officials or agency representatives, community action group members, industry representatives and others are invited to highlight their research findings and environmental efforts through oral presentations, individually or in group sessions, or poster presentations at the symposium.
Track topics include the following:
- Water Quality: Assessing and improving water quality to support economies, ecosystem services, culture and community resilience
- Habitat Management: Conservation and restoration for resilient ecosystem service provision to support healthy populations and communities
- Living Resources: Understanding the flora and fauna of coastal ecosystems and their contributions to ecosystem function
- Resilient Communities: Adapting to environmental changes to maintain economies, ecosystem service provision, cultural values and quality of life in the face of natural and anthropogenic stressors
- Oil Spill Research, Recovery and Restoration: Sharing research results, recovery approaches and/or successful restoration efforts related to Deepwater Horizon or other oil spills impacting the northern Gulf of Mexico
Abstracts can be submitted for oral or poster presentations. The oral presentations will be 10 minutes with a 5-minute question-and-answer session following each presentation.
Science, research and restoration practitioners are also welcome to propose full thematic group sessions, focusing on different aspects of the same project or issue. Group sessions will include a 5- to 7-minute topic introduction, four or five individual 10-minute presentations and a single question-and-answer period for all presenters.
This year’s symposium will include the 2018 Mike deGruy Bays and Bayous Symposium Student Presentation Awards for both oral and poster presentations. First-place winners will receive a $300 award, second place will receive $200 and third place will receive $100.
Abstracts must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 14.
The 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium is sponsored by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Nature Conservancy, Volkert, Allen Engineering and Science, Environmental Science Associates, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama Power Company, Hydro Engineering Solutions, Integrated Science and Engineering, Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, Inc., and Partners for Environmental Progress. To learn more about becoming a symposium sponsor, click here.