UPDATE: ASM 2020 Cancelled

Share your research with hundreds of mammalogists from around the world. Submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation for ASM 2020! Abstract submissions will open 1 February 2020 and will close 15 March 2020 at 11:59 pm (Central Daylight Time). Presenters interested in ASM Honoraria and Travel Awards should visit the the ASM website for more information. All symposia speakers are required to submit an abstract by the posted deadlines.

All presenters must register and submit full payment for the conference prior to submitting their abstract. The registration receipt will include the abstract submission link. An abstract will not be accepted for the program until the presenting author has registered and paid in full. It is recommended that registration and payment be completed in advance of the abstract submission deadline. Because of space limitations in the program, ASM will not accept more than one abstract per presenting author.


Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes. Poster presentations contain scientific research on poster boards with opportunities for displaying and discussing your research during specified sessions. Technical and Poster Sessions will be organized based on discipline selection during the abstract submission process. Scheduling requests will NOT be granted.

Thematic sessions also will be included in the program! These sessions are intended to highlight research in new and important areas. Thematic Sessions will occur alongside regular technical sessions but may use alternative formatting as necessary (e.g., 30-minute talks). Abstracts will be selected for each Thematic Session by the Program Committee. Thematic Session topics include: Coevolution, Macroecology & Macroevolution, Mammal Migrations, Museum Collections in Mammal Research, North American Pika Consortium, Taxonomic Recommendations, and Undergraduate Research Spotlight (Undergrads Only).


ASM 2020 is proud to host the North American Pika Consortium (NAPC)! The NAPC is an organization of researchers, educators, and citizens interested in the biology of North American pikas (Ochotona princeps and O. collaris). NAPC offers a community for engagement and collaboration centered around understanding pika ecology and distribution. We host a conference every 2-3 years to share advances in research, management and conservation; and facilitate working groups that focus on specific areas such as monitoring methods, habitat, and citizen science.

As part of this collaboration, special pika-themed sessions will be held 8-9 June 2020. All oral and poster presentations will be scheduled (space permitting) over those two days. To be considered for the pika-themed sessions, presenters should select the “North American Pika Consortium” in the thematic session drop-down during abstract submission.


In general, abstracts should follow the format and style of the Journal of Mammalogy. Example is given below.

  • Title (Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns; ≤ 15 words).
  • Names of authors (Normal font (NOT ALL CAPS or Small Caps), left-justified text, with asterisk to identify presenting author).
  • Affiliations of authors (Institution, city state, and country required; indicate with superscripts).
  • Abstract body. Summarizes key findings. NO heading. 225-word limit!
  • Follow Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th edition, for conventions in biology. For general style and spelling, consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, and a dictionary such as Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. The Journal of Mammalogy uses American English.
  • Symbols, Acronyms, and Units of Measure. Define all nonstandard symbols, and spell out all acronyms. Use the metric system, SI units (Système international d’unités), to express weights and measures.
  • Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns of a reference and use italics only for scientific names.

Note: Abstracts not following the format and style above will be returned to the presenting author for revision and will not be accepted into the program until revised correctly.


Untangling lousey chipmunk relationships

Kayce C. Bell1, Diego J. Matek1, Jason L. Malaney1, John R. Demboski2, and Joseph A. Cook1

1University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM USA. 2Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO USA.

Many factors influence host-parasite interactions. While the interacting species may directly impact each other, abiotic factors may also play a role in determining biotic distributions. Obligate parasites of mammals are usually considered in the context that their host is the prime environmental factor and then investigated to determine if that association is driving the parasite’s distribution. However, growing evidence suggests that some parasites are susceptible to external climate conditions such as temperature and humidity. Here we investigate 2 questions concerning sucking lice and chipmunks in western North America (genus Tamias, subgenus Neotamias). Are sucking lice lineages co-diverging with individual chipmunk species? Are sucking lice distributions dictated solely by host distributions, or are they constrained by climate factors? We use molecular data to estimate phylogenetic relationships among one species of sucking louse that parasitizes western chipmunks. In addition, we use species distribution models to explore the relationship between the climates parasites and hosts are found in. Lice were obtained from recently collected chipmunks as well as museum specimens at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Preliminary findings suggest that lice lineages are co-diverging with each chipmunk species, but that abiotic variables may play a role in constraining the current distributions of sucking lice. Understanding the roles of biotic and abiotic factors in determining species distributions provides a critical backdrop to phylogeographic and host-parasite investigations.