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2016 Joint Cal-Neva-Western Division Meeting 21-24 March 2016, Grand Sierra Resort Reno, NV.
Cal-Neva hosting the Western Division 2016-Reno

The 41st Annual Meeting of the Western Division and 50th meeting of the California-Nevada Chapter will be held jointly, March 21st-24th 2016 at the Grand Sierra Resort.  

First Call for Papers

In Collaboration with the California-Nevada Chapter
Monday, 21 March through Thursday, 24 March 2016
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89502
Conference Background
The theme of this year's conference is "Fisheries, Society, and the Scientific Method: Challenging our perception of science, policy, and management".
Science provides a basis for measuring environmental change, understanding how systems operate, and for predicting how altered environments might affect ecosystem function, services, and associated quality of human life. Many laws governing environmental conservation and management, including those governing use of fisheries resources, stipulate that policy and decision-making be based on the best available science. Yet, today, more than ever, science is questioned or thought of as a belief system rather than a process for determining cause and effect. This meeting will focus on the use of the scientific method for finding answers. We seek abstracts on a broad range of topics, including scientific approaches to endangered species, habitat management, changing environments, conservation, and interactions between science, policy, and society. Sessions will be organized based on topics that explore the work of our active members and non-members alike in helping achieve the mission of the American Fisheries Society and promoting the scientific method in the development of policy and decision making.

This call for session topics and papers seeks oral and poster contributions relevant to the conference theme.

Due Dates:
Nov. 30th- Proposals for session topics
Dec 14th- Symposia proposals posted.
Jan 16th- Titles and authors for accepted symposia 

Jan 21sth- Contributed Papers or Poster sessions
Feb 21st- Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions are due 21 January 2016, and must include:
1.  Type of presentation (0ral or Poster)
2.  A general state of how it is related to the theme
3,  Presentation Title
4. Author(s) name, affiliation, address, phone, e-mail.
5. Name of presenter
6. Students indicate participation in best student paper or poster
7. Text of abstract limited to 300 words
8. Write "2016 Western Division AFS Abstract" in subject line of e-mail.

Program Committee Contacts
* Program Co-Chairs:
Cleve Stewart
Joe Merz

Feathers, Fins & Fur Mixer

Elections for Officers

Ask not what Cal-Neva can do for you.  Ask, what YOU can do for Cal-Neva

You're probably wondering, "what do I get for serving the society?"  First you get the satisfaction of contributing to the governance a major professional society.  Elected officers also have discretionary budgets ($$$) to travel to meetings, and get to hang out with a great group of people once a month.

To submit yourself (or a great AFS friend in whom you have complete confidence), please email current President Elect, Ramona Swenson.

These executive committee positions are presently open for nominations.  

President Elect: 


We have spots open for volunteers.

Please e-mail Patrick Crain- Volunteer Coordinator
for available opportunities!

The 2016 Western Division-Cal Neva Chapter Conference takes place in the luxury of the  Grand Sierra Resort, in Reno NV.


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