Abstract Guidelines

The abstract submission deadline is midnight (23:59 Pacific Standard Time) on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. These guidelines and procedures must be followed exactly. If not, your paper will not be accepted.

Authors are strongly encouraged to register by the abstract deadline as presentations will not be placed on the final program until the presenting author is registered. Authors who submit their abstract prior to registering should use the information received in the confirmation e-mail to match their registration with their abstract.

Submission Requirements

We anticipate a full scientific program. Therefore, the Scientific Program 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 use initials only for authors’ first and middle names.  If individuals are authors on multiple abstracts, please be consistent in the formatting of their names (i.e., use of middle initial, suffixes such as Jr., III, etc.).

Because program abstracts are now being archived along with meeting Web sites, they have become a resource to be consulted by the phycological community.  Thus, the Scientific Program Committee is resolved to pay close attention to all submitted abstracts.  An abstract should be informative and representative of the presentation, emphasizing data and results rather than methodology.  Abstracts containing text such as "...data will be presented..." or "...conclusions will be discussed..." will be returned to submitters for revision.

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

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.


Regular Sessions

Previewing Abstracts

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt after you submit your abstract. It will include a log-in name 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 Web site after the scientific program schedule has been determined.

Sample Abstract

Krueger-Hadfield, S. A., Marine Biological Association of the UK, United Kingdom, stakru@mba.ac.uk; Roze, D., Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, roze@sb-roscoff.fr; Mauger, S., Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, mauger@sb-roscoff.fr; Destombe, C., Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, destombe@sb-roscoff.fr; Valero, M., Station Biologique de Roscoff, France, valero@sb-roscoff.fr


<em>Chondrus crispus</em> follows an isomorphic haploid–diploid life history in which male gametophytes release non-motile spermatia and fertilization is followed by zygotic amplification. The objective of this study was to understand the impacts of haploid-diploidy, male gamete dispersal and the intertidal shorescape on the genetic structure of <em>C. crispus</em>. Individual fronds were sampled every 25 cm in two 5mx5m grids located high and low on the shore. Fronds (N=472) and cystocarps (N=565, excised from 29 female gametophytes) were genotyped using polymorphic microsatellite loci. The maternal allele at each locus can be determined from the haploid female thallus. The remaining allele is the paternal contribution. Large levels of inbreeding detected using indirect methods were supported by the paternity analyses. Larger kinship coefficients were detected between males siring cystocarps on the same female than between males in the entire population. However, only 1 of 424 sires was sampled in the populations suggesting fertilization distances of less than 25 cm. More detailed sampling of genets is necessary to resolve the high levels of inbreeding associated with low levels of genetic differentiation.

Important Notes