Nashville: February 7-10, 2013
Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee with a population base of 600,000 in the Metro area, and over a million and a half in the adjacent counties. It is the home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, and the NHL Nashville Predators. It is also home to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. But even with this big city flavor, Nashville has a small town atmosphere and plenty of good old southern hospitality.
When in Nashville you can enjoy many attractions within walking distance of the host hotel. The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Wildhorse Saloon, the Ryman Auditorium, and the many honky-tonks on lower Broadway are just a few of the many famous attractions located nearby. A short drive will take you to various Civil War battle sites, the Jack Daniels Distillery, the Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson) or trout fishing on the Caney Fork River.
The host hotel for the meeting is the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Nashville. For more about Nashville lodging, transportation, attractions, and maps, click here. For details about registration, workshops, schedules, etc., please see below.
There are so many things to do and see that you may want to come early or stay late after the meeting to see all you can see. The Planning Committee will have the usual outstanding program, exciting socials, and a great information sharing opportunity for everyone to enjoy, so come to Nashville and see how we do it TENNESSEE STYLE.
General Meeting Chairman
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CALL FOR PAPERS
The Tennessee Chapter and Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society invite you to join us in Music City USA at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, for the 2013 Southern Division Spring Meeting, February 7-10, 2013.
Details regarding accommodations are available here. Please check back later this fall for information on how to register for the meeting. The meeting schedule will be as follows - Thursday, February 7: Technical Committee meetings and the Southern Division EXCOM meeting. Friday, February 8: Continuing Education workshops, Student Best Paper presentations, the first day of Black Bass Diversity Symposium, and the Southern Division business meeting. All daySaturday and Sunday morning, February 9-10: posters, contributed oral papers, symposia.
CONTRIBUTED PAPERS: Individuals who want to present research or management findings should send their abstracts as email attachments directly to Phil Bettoli (oral presentations) firstname.lastname@example.org or Frank Fiss (posters)email@example.com. Please include all author affiliations and email addresses. Word documents (.docx) are preferred. An example of a properly formatted abstract and other information is posted under the “Submit Abstracts” tab at the meeting website. Students wishing to compete for the “Student Best Paper Award” must indicate so in their email. ABSTRACT DUE DATE: Friday, NOVEMBER 30, 2012.
Talks will be 20 minutes long (15 minutes for the talk and five minutes for Q&A) and PowerPoint presentations are required for all talks. Posters will be exhibited throughout the meeting.
TECHNICAL COMMITTEES: Technical committee chairs needing meeting space on Thursday, February 7, 2013 should indicate their time requirements and expected number of participants in an email to Dave Rizzuto, Local Arrangements and General Chair, David.Rizzuto@tn.gov DUE DATE: Monday October 1, 2012.
WORKSHOPS: We have tentatively scheduled several full-day and half-day workshops covering topics such as occupancy modeling, electrofishing, and digital photography. We still have room for one or two more workshops to be held on Friday, February 8, 2013. If you are interested in sponsoring one, please send a brief synopsis (2-3 sentences) of your idea for a workshop to Brad Ray, Workshop Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org DUE DATE: Monday October 1, 2012.
SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS: The Program Committee is still soliciting proposals for half-day (~10 talks) or full-day symposia. Symposia may include individual presentations, panel discussions, or any innovative format designed to achieve the organizer’s goals. Proposals should include symposium objectives, a tentative list of participants, and the topics each will cover. PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Monday October 1, 2012. Organizers will be responsible for submitting abstracts for all of the presentations in their symposium (see abstract submission deadline below). Session organizers will be notified regarding acceptance of proposals by 1 November 2010. Proposals for symposia should be emailed to Tim Churchill, Symposium Chair; email@example.com. One symposium already planned for the 2013 meeting is the long-awaited Black Bass Diversity and Conservation Symposium (2.5 days of talks).
The registration form for the 2013 Spring Meeting is online here.
Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to: Tennessee Chapter AFS (Tax ID #54-0683803)
Return completed form and payment to:
SDAFS Spring Meeting
c/o Dave Rizzuto
74 Summerfield Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
For information contact Dave Rizzuto @ 731-225-4422 or email at David.Rizzuto@tn.gov
The current schedule-at-a-glance can be downloaded here. The schedule will be updated as changes occur.
The Meeting abstracts and presentation schedules are now available here. These documents will be updated as changes occur.
Abstracts (updated February 5, 2013)
Schedule of Talks (updated February 5, 2013)
SDAFS Technical Committee Meetings
|8 am- 12 pm||Alligator Gar||Suite 5|
|8 am- 5 pm||Trout||Capital 1|
|8 am- 5 pm||Black Bass Conservation Committee||Suite 6|
|8:30 am- 12 pm||Catfish Committee||Capital 4|
|9 am- 12 pm||Striped Bass Committee||Suite 4|
|9 am- 4 pm||Warmwater Streams Committee||Capital 2,3|
|9 am- 5 pm||Reservoir Committee||Davidson Room|
|1 pm- 4 pm||Aquaculture Committee||Capital 4|
|1 pm- 5 pm||Small Impoundments Committee||Suite 4|
We have tentatively scheduled several full-day and half-day workshops covering topics such as occupancy modeling, electrofishing, and digital photography. The current list of scheduled workshops can be found below.
1. Power-based Standardization in Electrofishing
2. Population genetics as applied in fisheries management and conservation
3. Introduction to the design and implementation of occupancy models
4. Getting Hired – What Students Need to Know
5. Introduction to Basic Wildlife/Fisheries Photography
Also, as part of the Black Bass Symposium, there will be a special half-day workshop focusing on the progress and next steps for the Native Black Bass Initiative (NBBI). Please see the agenda and then join us.
Black Bass Initiative Workshop (agenda)
Call for Proposals
The Program Committee is soliciting proposals for half-day (~10 talks) or full-day symposia. Symposia may include individual presentations, panel discussions, or any innovative format designed to achieve the organizer’s goals. Proposals should include symposium objectives, a tentative list of participants, and the topics each will cover. PROPOSAL DUE DATE: Monday October 1, 2012. Organizers will be responsible for submitting abstracts for all of the presentations in their symposium. Session organizers will be notified regarding acceptance of proposals by 1 November 2010. Proposals for symposia should be emailed to Tim Churchill, Symposium Chair; firstname.lastname@example.org. One symposium already planned for the 2013 meeting is the long-awaited Black Bass Diversity and Conservation Symposium (2.5 days of talks–see below).
Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation
A special symposium is being organized to be held in conjunction with the Southern Division American Fisheries Society (SDAFS) Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN in February 2013. This symposium will emphasize the conservation need and diversity of black basses (genus Micropterus) in their native habitats. Of the nine described species or subspecies of black bass in North America, three were described in the past 12 years and more possibly exist as undescribed species (e.g., Bartram’s bass and Cuatro Ciénegas bass). Many black bass populations have conservation issues related to genetic integrity and habitat degradation. Building on previous work, this symposium will highlight the conservation of native black basses in an AFS publication that contains accounts related to:
• Biology/ecology/life history requirements
• Habitat management and restoration
• Conservation genetics
• Fish populations, fisheries, and human dimensions
The symposium organizers will target scientists for invited submissions to the symposium, but contributed abstracts that fit the theme of the symposium are encouraged and will also be considered for the symposium and book. If you are conducting research on a black bass species or unique population that can contribute to the understanding or conservation of black basses, feel free to contact the steering committee at BlackBassSymposium@myFWC.com for possible inclusion in the symposium. Authors of papers who want to be included in the publication must have their manuscript submitted by the date of the meeting.
Abstracts (in plain text or MS-Word) are to be submitted to BlackBassSymposium@myFWC.com by 10/31/2012 and must include:
1. Type of presentation preferred (oral or poster)
2. To be considered for publication? (yes or no)
3. Presentation topic (select from below)
• Biology/ecology/life history requirements
• Habitat management and restoration
• Conservation genetics
• Fish populations, fisheries, and human dimensions
4. Title, in upper/lower case format
5. Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s) as they should appear
6. Name of presenter, mailing address, phone, and email
7. Text of abstract in 300 words or less.
Download the Black Bass Diversity Call for Papers (PDF)
View the committee’s FACEBOOK webpage symposium announcement.
Please send your abstracts as email attachments directly to Phil Bettoli (oral presentations) email@example.com or Frank Fiss (posters) firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include all author affiliations and email addresses. Word documents (.docx) in Times New Roman (12 pt) are preferred. The body of the abstract should not exceed 250 words. Students wishing to compete for the “Student Best Paper Award” (for oral presentations only) must indicate so when they submit their abstract.
ABSTRACT DUE DATE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012.
Talks will be 20 minutes long (15 minutes for the talk and 5 minutes for Q & A) and PowerPoint presentations are required for all talks. Posters will be exhibited throughout the meeting. Please use the following example when preparing your abstract:
An Example Abstract for the SD AFS 2013 Spring Meeting
Phillip Bettoli; USGS Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505; email@example.com
Mark Bevelhimer; Environmental Sciences Division – ORNL, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831; firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Fiss; Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee 37204; Frank.Fiss@tn.gov
Abstract.- Abstracts are used by the Program Committee to evaluate and select papers and posters for inclusion in the technical sessions of the 2013 AFS Annual Meeting. An informative abstract contains a statement of the problem and its significance, study objectives, and principal findings and how they might be applied. Thanks in advance for submitting your abstracts of less than 250 words by 30 November 2012. See you in Music City USA in February!
Presenter: Phillip Bettoli
Contact Person: Same
Type of Presentation: Oral
Do you wish to compete for the Student Best Paper Award
(which is for oral presentations only)?
2013 MEETING COMMITTEES
Committee Chairs and Contact Information
|GENERAL CHAIR/LOCAL||Dave Rizzutoemail@example.com|
|FUND RAISING||Bobby Wilsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|LOCAL ACTIVITIES/INFORMATION||Mike Bramlettemail@example.com|
|HOSPITALITY||Lance RiderDave Gabbard|| firstname.lastname@example.org
|ON SITE REGISTRATION||John Mayeremail@example.com|
|TRADE SHOW||Jason Henegarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|AUDIO/VISUAL||Pat Black/Michael May|| email@example.com
|FINANCIALS||Dave Rizzuto/ Joyce Coombsfirstname.lastname@example.org
|WORKSHOPS/STUDENT COMMITTEE||Brad Rayemail@example.com|
There will be no plenary session at the 2013 Southern Division AFS Spring Meeting in Nashville. Instead, oral presentations will commence first thing Saturday morning, February 9, 2013.
Free Student Rooms at the 2013 SDAFS Spring MeetingUpdate- January 21, 2013: The allocation of free student rooms has been filled.
The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society supports a limited number of complimentary hotel rooms available for students attending the 2013 SDAFS Spring Meeting (February 7-10) at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Rooms are available for 2 nights (February 8 and 9). Students interested in these rooms should contact Julie Harris, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee. If interested, please send Julie an email that includes your name, complete mailing address, email address, phone number, and your gender (so that appropriate room assignments can be organized). In exchange for free lodging, students will be expected to assist the Tennessee Chapter as needed during the meeting.
Best Student Presentation and Best Student Poster Awards
The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society supports awards for Best Student Presentation and Best Student Poster at the SDAFS meeting. Students interested in competing for the Best Student Presentation and the Best Student Poster at the SDAF meeting in 2013 should indicate so with their abstract submission. Finalists for the Best Student Presentation will be selected based on submitted abstracts and notified by December 21 at the latest. Each selected finalist will be required to give his or her presentation in the Best Student Symposium on Friday afternoon, February 8, as well as in a contributed session (February 9 or February 10). Submissions for Best Student Poster will be judged during the Poster session on Saturday, February 9.
Student Mentor Lunch at 2012 SDAFS Spring Meeting
The Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society encourages interaction between students and fisheries professionals through a Student Mentor Lunch. The Student Mentor Lunch at the 2013 SDAFS meeting will occur at noon on Saturday, February 9. If you are a student interested in being paired with a mentor for lunch that day, please indicate your participation by checking the box on the registration form. You may also send an email to Julie Harris, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, stating your interest. We will try to match students with mentors that can offer specific career advice. If you email Julie, please indicate what school you attend, the degree you are working towards, and whether you would prefer a mentor from an Academic Institute, State Agency, Federal Agency, or Private Firm.
Student Subunit Officer Meeting Registration Scholarships
One officer of each student subunit will receive free registration for the meeting from the SDAFS. To receive free registration, the officer must be a member of the AFS parent society. The designated registrant must register during the early registration period (by January 15th, 2013), but will receive full reimbursement from the Division. If you are designated by your subunit to receive this offer, please contact Julie Harris for details.
Undergraduate Registration Rebate
Undergraduate students who are members of the parent society of AFS will receive a $35 rebate on registration. Please bring your registration receipt and proof of AFS membership to the meeting, and contact Craig Bonds (SDAFS Treasurer, firstname.lastname@example.org) at the meeting for reimbursement.
Student Leaders Workshop
On Sunday February 10th there will be a Student Leaders Workshop at lunch, held in the Pinnacle Room of the Sheraton. This lunch is open to any Student Subunit officer, and will include an AFS Leadership workshop by Dr. Steve McMullin, and discussion regarding the Student Colloquium. If you are an officer of a student chapter or subunit, please plan to join us for this lunch. Please RSVP to Julie Harris email@example.com.
Julie’s contact information is…
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Biology
Campus Box 7617
Raleigh, NC 27695
We are soliciting donations for the 2013 Southern Division Spring Meeting. Information regarding donations can be downloaded here.
If you are interested in donating, a donation form can be downloaded here.