Abstracts

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Share your research with hundreds of mammalogists from around the world. Submit your abstract for an oral or poster presentation for ASM 2021! Abstract submissions will open 1 March 2021 and will close 9 April 2021 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 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 2021 scientific program will include a variety of sessions in the virtual platform. Plenary and capstone sessions are scheduled as fully live presentations with audience Q&A. Symposia will also be scheduled synchronously, but they will be faux-live sessions, combining both pre-recorded presentations and live-panel discussions. Contributed oral and poster presentations will ALL be pre-recorded, and will be available asynchronously as on-demand sessions during scheduled days throughout the meeting. All ASM 2021 presentations will be recorded in the virtual meeting platform and available to meeting participants for six months following the conference. All presenters will be contacted in May with instructions about recording their presentation.

Contributed oral and poster presentations will ALL be pre-recorded. Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, and poster presentations will be limited to 5 minutes. All oral and poster presentations will be recorded in the virtual meeting platform prior to the meeting. Oral presentations will be organized into technical sessions based on the discipline selected during the abstract submission process. The poster session is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th. Scheduling requests will NOT be granted. All oral and poster presenters will have the option to schedule “office hours” in a private, in-app meeting room to field questions from other conference attendees.

All presentations, including posters, should be prepared in PowerPoint or a similar software package. Both 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 following abstract acceptance.

ABSTRACT FORMAT

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). Author first and middle names should be abbreviated (no spaces, K.C. Bell not K. C. Bell).
  • Affiliations of authors (Institution, city state, and country required).
  • 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 presenting author for revision and will not be accepted into the program until revised correctly.

ABSTRACT EXAMPLE
Untangling lousey chipmunk relationships
K.C. Bell*, D.J. Matek, J.L. Malaney, J.R. Demboski, and J.A. Cook
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM USA (KCB, DJM, JLM, JAC)
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO USA (JRD)


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.