Abstracts

Please recognize that by registering and submitting an abstract for ASM 2022 you are agreeing to abide by ASM’s Statement of Inclusion and Code of Conduct. Please take the time to read these documents carefully.

Share your research with hundreds of mammalogists from around the world. Submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation for ASM 2022! Abstract submissions will open 1 March 2022 and will close 8 April 2022. Presenters interested in ASM Honoraria and Travel Awards should visit the the ASM website for more information. All plenary, capstone, and 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 payment confirmation email will include the abstract submission link. An abstract will not be accepted 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.

SESSION FORMAT

The ASM 2022 scientific program will include a variety of session types, providing opportunities for in-person, virtual, and hybrid interactions. Plenary and capstone sessions are scheduled as live in-person presentations with audience Q&A. Virtual meeting attendees will be able to participate remotely during these sessions. Symposia will also be live in-person sessions. Like plenary and capstone sessions, virtual meeting participants will be able to participate in the live symposia.

Technical and poster sessions will feature contributed in-person oral and traditional poster presentations, respectively. Technical sessions will include 15-minute presentations (12 minutes presentation + 3 minutes questions), and they will be organized by subdiscipline. In-person technical and poster sessions will not be live for virtual meeting attendees. Scheduling requests will NOT be granted for any presenter.

Virtual sessions will ALL be pre-recorded, and will be available asynchronously as on-demand sessions throughout the meeting. All ASM 2022 virtual presentations will be recorded in the online meeting platform and available to meeting participants for six months following the conference. All virtual presenters will be contacted in May with detailed instructions about recording their presentation.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATIONS

Virtual presenters will have two presentation options: 1) 15-minute oral presentations and 2) 5-minute “lightning” poster presentations. All virtual oral and poster presentations will be recorded in the virtual meeting platform prior to the meeting. Virtual oral and poster presentations will be organized based on the discipline selected during the abstract submission process. All virtual presenters will have the option to schedule “office hours” in a private, in-app meeting room to field questions from other conference attendees. Questions may also be asked and answered via the presentation chat.

Virtual presentations should be prepared in PowerPoint or a similar software package. Presentation slides and posters will need to be uploaded to the virtual meeting platform as high-resolution PDFs. These files will be available to other attendees as VIEW ONLY, and will NOT be available to download. Additional formatting details will be provided directly to presenters in May.

Optional: Although NOT required, in-person attendees presenting contributed oral and poster presentations are encouraged to share their conference presentations with virtual participants by creating and uploading a pre-recording presentation to the virtual platform. In-person oral presentations would follow the 15-minute time limit, and in-person poster presenters would be limited to 5 minutes. All other formatting guidelines and applicable deadlines for virtual presentations would apply. In-person conference attendees are still expected to present in Tucson.

ABSTRACT FORMAT

In general, abstracts should follow the format and style of the Journal of Mammalogy. Abstracts will be submitted using a webform and not as a document. Additional information maybe required during the submission process. An example abstract (as seen in the online program) is provided below.

  • Title (Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns; ≤ 15 words). Please bold.
  • Names of authors, their affiliations (Institution, city, state, and country required), and email address. Following your abstract submission, you MUST also enter the names of ALL authors, their affiliations, and their email addresses in the author module in the order in which you wish them to appear in the program. Names omitted in the author module will NOT be included in the author index.
  • 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 at first use. 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 corresponding author for revision and will not be accepted into the program until revised correctly.

ABSTRACT EXAMPLE

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.