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Southeastern Prairies Symposium - Abstract Deadline Extended to 29 February

Chris Merkord

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The Southeastern Prairies Symposium (see below) will continue to accept abstracts until 29 February 2012 (instructions at bottom of this message). Registration information will be posted on the conference website soon.



Southeastern Prairies Symposium: Remnants, Conservation & Working Grasslands

May 15 – 17, 2012, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS



We invite natural resources professionals, faculty and students to submit abstracts for consideration in the technical program. Abstracts must be submitted electronically (MS Word) by January 30, 2012 to landrews@cfr.msstate.edu. We will accept abstracts until 29 February 2012


The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks partnered with Mississippi State University and Wildlife Mississippi will co-host a symposium for natural resources professionals and scientists involved in the ecology, management, and restoration of southeastern prairie habitats. This symposium will unite researchers and managers from across the southern United States (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX) who study and manage flora and fauna in Southeastern prairies.


The primary goal of this symposium is to synthesize effective approaches to prairie restoration and enhancement throughout the region by identifying broad-scale generalities in management practices and biota while recognizing differences at the specific ecosystem level. Concurrent sessions focusing on management, the natural biota, as well as working grasslands will unite researchers, biologists, and managers from across the southern United States and increase communication among state, federal, and non-governmental partners in prairie habitat management. Symposium participates may be invited to contribute to a book, special issues of scientific journals and/or other publications.


Plenary speakers

  • Dr. Reed Noss, Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science.
  • Dr. L. Wes Burger, Jr., Associate Director of Mississippi Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center
  • Dr. Pat Keyser, Director of the Center for Native Grasslands Management at the University of Tennessee

Submission Instructions


Abstracts must be submitted electronically (MS Word) to landrews@cfr.msstate.edu. Put “Southeast Prairie Abstract Submission” in the subject line. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words. See the symposium website for formatting and other details. Abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial panel and authors of selected abstracts will be invited to give a 20-minute presentation (15 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for questions) or display a poster presentation. An itinerary of presentations will be developed and you will be notified of the specific date/time assigned for your presentation. Contact landrews@cfr.msstate.edu if you have questions.

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