Abstract Guidelines

The abstract submission deadline is midnight (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, 15 May 2009. These guidelines and procedures must be followed exactly. If not, your paper will not be accepted.

Abstract submission can precede or follow the online registration process. Authors who submit their abstract prior to registering should use the information received in the confirmation email to match their registration with their abstract.

Submission Requirements

We anticipate a full scientific program. Therefore, the scientific committee will accommodate requests for oral presentations as long as space is available. Some participants requesting to present orally may be asked to give a poster if the program fills to capacity. We will not allow participants to present more than one talk or poster as first author unless the Scientific Program Committee determines that there is sufficient space in the program.

Preparation Specifications

See sample abstract below.

All abstracts must be in English, using metric units. Do not include illustrations, figures, or photos. Use a single space between sentences.

The title of the abstract must be in all caps and must not exceed 160 characters. The body of the abstract must adhere to a maximum count of 180 words, exclusive of title and author citations. Please make the abstract as informative and representative of your presentation as possible. Abstracts should emphasize results and conclusions more than methodology.

Submit your title and the body of the abstract in plain text. Do not use accents, diacritical marks, bolding, italics, or other formatting.

If you wish to have scientific names italicized and know how to use html code, you may use html code for italicizing scientific names only. Do not use html code for other formatting or typographical symbols. The code for italicizing is as follows: <em>Charadrius melodus</em>.

Session Topic Codes

Please use the session codes guide to find sessions appropriate for your paper. Selection of session topic is designed to facilitate assignment of your abstract to members of the Scientific Program Committee for review.  Meeting sessions may not match exactly this list of topics. The Scientific Program Committee will make every attempt to group your presentation with those of similar topic. Priority is given to the overall scientific program and, therefore, final placement is solely at the discretion of the organizing committee.

Previewing Abstracts

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt after you submit your abstract.  It will include a login and password for making necessary corrections. Please check your abstract for errors after you submit.

Author Notification

Presenting authors will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of submission and will receive confirmation in this same manner when the abstract is accepted and assigned. Accepted abstracts will be posted on the website after the scientific program schedule has been determined.

Sample Abstract

THE TAXONOMIC AFFILIATION OF HAIRY WOODPECKERS.  Christopher K. Williams, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA; I. J. Hatette, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, New York, USA.

We evaluated the longstanding hypothesis that Hairy Woodpeckers (<em>Picoides villosus</em>) belong in the Class Aves. A fundamental characteristic of birds is presence of feathers. Yet, Hairy Woodpeckers have been named after a characteristic of mammals, namely possession of hair. We examined museum specimens (N=137) as well as live birds caught during all seasons (N=42) and across the entire geographic range. We also compared DNA sequences of Hairy Woodpeckers with presumed close relatives in the Piciformes as well as three orders of mammals. We found no evidence of mammalian ancestry nor did we find hairs on Hairy Woodpeckers. Although we confirmed that Hairy Woodpeckers should indeed be included in Aves, we suggest that further confusion can be avoided by changing the common name to Greater Downy Woodpecker.

Important Notes