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2020 Long Island Natural History Conference

Are you conducting local research on wildlife, botany, fungi, geology, paleontology, hydrology, climate, ecology, conservation, invasive species, pollution, green space, or related topics on Long Island?

We are pleased to invite researchers who work on any aspect of natual history on Long Island (Kings, Queens, Nassau, & Suffolk counties) to present posters on their research at the 8th Annual Long Island Natural History Conference on March 20 & 21, 2020

Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 10. All abstracts will be reviewed in advance; approved presenters will have their conference registration fee waived.

 

GUIDELINES FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Posters can be presented for one or both conference days, with two receptions each day during which presenters should be on hand. Each poster presentation needs to fit on a 40-inch high by 30-inch wide area. Posters must be presented using the poster boards provided by the conference. No tables or auxiliary projecting or free-standing display support mechanisms can be accommodated. Please bring your own push pins to affix your posters to the boards.

  • Titles must be limited to 100 characters to facilitate inclusion in the conference schedule.
  • Abstracts should be in simple paragraph format and a maximum of 350 words.
  • Send the abstract, formatted as described below, as a Word file to:
    • Maria Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for high school students and
    • Dr. Russell Burke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all others
  • * Use "LINHC 2020 Poster - [your name]" as both the title of the file and as the email subject line.

ABSTRACT FORMATTING GUIDELINES

  • Avoid the use of all caps. Please use upper and lower case when providing the requested information about your presentation.
  • Italicize scientific names of all genera and species mentioned. 

  • Capitalize the common names of all species.
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The first time a species is mentioned in the text of an abstract, give both its scientific name (listed first) and, if it has one, its common name (following in parentheses).
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Affiliation name and location (city, state) and email address for the presenter as well as for each co-author needs to be placed in parentheses immediately following the person's name.
  • 
Avoid the use of specialized mathematical symbols as much as possible

SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Title: Effect of White-tailed Deer Browsing on Small Mammal Populations

Presenter: John H. Smith (SUNY Stony Brook, NY; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

[full name comes first, followed by affiliation with location and e-mail address in parentheses, with a semi-colon separating affiliation and e-mail address]

Co-authors: Mary White (Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Larry Johnson (C.W. Post University, Brookville, NY; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) [same as above, but separate each co-author with a comma, with an “and” before the last co-author listed]

Abstract: Surveys of small mammal populations conducted in plots with and without Odocoileus virginianus (White-tailed Deer) exclosure fences in three Nature Conservancy preserves revealed that the presence of deer is negatively correlated with small mammal abundances. Peromyscus leucopus (White-footed Mouse), Tamias striatus (Eastern Chipmunk), and Sylvilagus floridanus (Eastern Cottontail) were all found in higher numbers in the exclosed fenced plots compared to the unfenced control plots. The authors propose that the significant (P < 0.01) relationships observed are due to the effect of deer browsing resulting in reduced cover in which small mammals can take refuge.

[Note that scientific names are italicized and common names are capitalized. Common names are listed in parentheses following the scientific names the first time the species is mentioned. After the first mention, either the common or scientific name can be used to refer to the species.]

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