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The official call for presentations has closed.
However, we may be able to accommodate additional papers reporting late-breaking research or information. If you have a late-breaking abstract you wish to submit, please contact Katie Beilfuss at programs[at]

Submission instructions and form

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In 2013, Wisconsin Wetlands Association will convene members of the regional wetland community for our 18th Annual Conference to discuss the latest in wetland science, management, restoration and protection issues around the theme, Great Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds. This two-day conference will include topical oral sessions; organized symposia; a poster session; working groups; a banquet with speaker; and field trips to Sheboygan-area wetlands. Following more than a nearly two decade-long tradition, we anticipate that this year’s conference will contribute to a growing regional collaboration for protecting and conserving Wisconsin’s wetlands.

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at our 18th Annual Wetland Conference. We seek proposals for oral presentations or posters on wetland research, restoration, and management projects. We welcome presentations on work done in all wetland community types and from around the Midwest region, as long as the content of the presentation applies to wetlands of Wisconsin. We especially encourage submissions on these topics related to the theme, Great Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds. We will also consider presentations on general aspects of wetland ecology and management. Themes for presentation submissions include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Wetlands as a water issue problem solver (Great Lakes health, Areas of Concern)
  • The role of wetlands in restoring watersheds
  • The role of wetlands as wildlife and fish habitat in watershed restorations
  • Water level management impacts on wetland communities (benefits, challenges)
  • Wetlands in an agricultural landscape (impacts and mutually-beneficial solutions)
  • Healthy watersheds (defining & assessing health, large-scale regulatory approaches)
  • Incorporating wetlands into watershed planning
  • Great Lakes wetlands restoration and management (case studies, best practices)
  • The role of wetlands in nutrient budgets
  • Social, cultural and economic value of wetlands
  • Citizen and landowner involvement in wetland protection, restoration, management, and monitoring
  • Cutting-edge wetland tools: Technology for planning, modeling, communicating, and identifying opportunities
  • The role of land trusts in protecting, managing, and restoring wetlands
  • The significance of wetland habitats in the Lake Michigan watershed
  • Threats to and management of invasive species in wetlands

We encourage graduate and undergraduate students to submit abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.

Guidelines for oral presentations:

  • Speakers are allowed 15 minutes for presentations and 5 minutes of questions.

Guidelines for poster presentations:

  • Posters are encouraged as they allow extended informal discussions and active participation by authors and co-authors. Posters are displayed for a full day, and interested persons can view the poster even when the author is not in attendance.
  • Formal Session: Wednesday February 13, 2012 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Content: Preliminary research or project where data have yet to be collected and/or analyzed or describes a project that did not result in new information or techniques for wetland restoration and management.
  • Size: We expect poster display space to be either 4’H x 6’W or 4’W x 5’H per poster. We will confirm poster display dimensions after posters are accepted.

If you would like guidance on how to write your abstract such that the theme connection is clear, please contact us. If you feel that your work is timely and of interest to the wetland community, but are unsure about its relevance to our 2012 theme, please contact us to discuss options for inclusion of your work at our conference. All abstract-related inquiries should be directed to Katie Beilfuss: (608) 250-9971 or programs[at]

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts for Oral Presentations or Posters

The official call for presentations has closed.
However, we may be able to accommodate additional papers reporting late-breaking research or information. If you have a late-breaking abstract you wish to submit, please contact Katie Beilfuss at programs[at]

To have your wetlands work considered for inclusion in this conference:

  1. Download the Abstract Guidance document
  2. Download and complete an Abstract Submission Form (Excel file, <1MB), which includes the title, abstract (limit 250 words), A/V requirements, etc.
  3. Submit your completed Abstract Submission Form by e-mail to programs [at] wisconsinwetlands [dot] org.

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 21, 2012.

Note: We ask that presenters register and pay registration fees in order to help cover conference costs. We encourage presenters to register by January 11, 2013, in order to receive the cheaper early bird registration rate. Presenters are offered a $15 registration discount (the equivalent of one lunch). Scholarships may be available for student presenters. Click here for registration information, including a link to our online registration system.

For more information, contact Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director, at 608-250-9971 or programs[at]

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