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The Ninth Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau

9th Bicentennial Conference Logo Integrating Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau

Call for Papers

This conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for research and land management issues related to the biological, cultural and economic resources of the Colorado Plateau. Anyone who has conducted research or has been involved with land management issues on the plateau is encouraged to take part.

Investigators who have conducted research relevant to the Colorado Plateau are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation that is scheduled for October 29 - November 1, 2007

The deadline for abstracts (September 7, 2007) has passed. We are no longer accepting new abstracts.

Contributed oral papers will be scheduled for 20-minute blocks of time. Presentations should therefore be limited to 15 minutes to allow time for questions. Presentations will be limited to PowerPoint only.

Oral presentations will be limited to PowerPoint® only.

If you are giving an oral presentation, please read the following carefully:

  1. Prepare your presentation as a single file to run on PowerPoint 2000 for Windows. We will not accept any other formats.
  2. Name the file with the day and time of the presentation and the first initial and last name of the first author (e.g. thu_2.30_sdurst.ppt). Presenters will be notified of the day, time and location of their presentation.
  3. Bring your presentation on a cd-rom (ISO 9660 format) or a USB flash memory (a.k.a. "thumb drive").  Do not bring your own laptop or a Zip Disk.
  4. Have your file copied onto the desktop of the computer that is assigned to the room where you will be giving your presentation. Computers will be available daily from 7:30am to 5:30pm beginning on Tuesday (October 30), either in the rooms where sessions will be held or in the AV room. Do not wait until the break right before your session to load your talk.
  5. Make sure your file runs. If not, get help in the AV room.
  6. Remember that your presentation time is limited to 20 min. You will not be allowed to extend your time if you have technical problems during your talk.
  7. In general you should avoid complicated animation, audio, or video in your presentation.

***Although it is a good idea to check your presentation in the AV room, in most cases you should be able to load and check your presentation during any break in the room where you will be presenting. Remember that your presentation time is limited to 20 minutes, which includes any time that you may lose to technical problems during your talk! Feel free to contact Scott Durst (scott.durst AT if you have additional questions.

Poster session

The poster session will be held in conjunction with a social at the Applied Research and Development Building at Northern Arizona University from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Poster presenters are expected to be present during the entire two hour poster session to answer question about your poster. Please put up your poster between 5:00pm and 7:00pm prior to the poster session. Poster width cannot exceed 68 inches; we recommend posters dimensions of 36 inches high and 56 inches wide. We wil provide pins, staples, and boards foir mounting posters. For additional questions please contact Matt Johnson (Matthew.Johnson AT

Proceedings volume

All presenters can submit their papers for publication in the Biennial Conference proceedings . The proceedings are published every two years and are distributed at the following biennial conference.

Current proceedings.

Details on submitting papers for the conference proceedings will be provided later.

Abstracts should be in the following format:

Poster or oral presentation
Use all CAPS to indicate the presenting author and superscripts to indicate authors' affiliation, address, and email
FIRST AUTHOR (last name fist)1, second author (first name first)2, and third author (first name first)3
1Affiliation and address of first author (include zip code); email of first author
2Affiliation and address of second author (include zip code); email of second author
3Affiliation and address of third author (include zip code); email of third author
Limit an abstract to less than 300 words. Include a brief background, statement of the questions or issues, key results, and implications

Sample abstract:

Oral Presentation


DURST, SCOTT L.1, John Q. Law2, and Pat B. Duff3

1USGS - Southwest Biological Science Center, Colorado Plateau Research Station, Flagstaff, AZ 86011
2World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC 20001
3Stuffed Animal Manufacturing Association, Madison, WI 53701

In the face of global climate change and habitat alteration, the populations of many species of living animals have precipitously declined in contrast to their plush-toy counterparts. Of 1050 at risk animal species worldwide, an estimated 970 are available in plush form, an increase of 800% since 1990. Stuffed animal biodiversity has traditionally been restricted to charismatic megafauna, and often represented only a single species within a particular genus. Over the last decade, there has been an explosion in all manner of synthetic fauna. As natural habitats continue to rapidly disappear, the former diversity of nature is best represented in toy store aisles. However, there is some risk of density dependent population effects as these purchased animals shift their habitat use from store shelves to suburban homes. We hypothesize that the increase in stuffed animal biodiversity is due to human's growing interest in environmental issues and we provide suggestions how these attitudes could benefit actual living animals.