Central Theme: “Subterranean Life: Molecules to Organisms to Ecosystems”
Biodiversity and Biogeography
Development and Evolution
Ecosystems Conservation: Species, Habitats, and Communities
Microbial Systems and Geomicrobiology
Phylogeography and Phylogenetics
Physiology and Behavior
Population and Community Ecology
All submitted abstracts have been reviewed as of 27 March 2016. If you have not been contacted directly by Dan Fong by 30 March 2016, consider your abstract accepted for presentation. If you need an official letter of acceptance of your abstract for whatever purpose, such as application for funding from your institution, please contact Dan Fong directly at email@example.com.
Three special symposia are being planned:
|Patterns of Subterranean Biogeography and Biodiversity||Louis Deharveng, National Museum of Natural History, Paris (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Conservation of Subterranean Fauna and Habitats||Michael Slay, The Nature Conservancy (email@example.com)|
|Cave Animals at the Frontiers of Modern Biology||William Jeffery, University of Maryland (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Each symposium will consist of a keynote address and presentations by speakers invited to participate by the symposium organizer. If you wish to participate in a symposium rather than or in addition to contributed sessions, please contact the appropriate organizer as early as possible.
On Tuesday evening, June 14, there is a social mixer with the local caving community followed by a presentation on cave explorations in China by Michael Ficco of the Cave Conservancy of the Virginias.
Oral: Invited keynote address are limited to 30 minutes, including time for discussion. Due to the large number of conference participants, the length of each oral presentation has been reduced to 15 minutes, including time for discussion. The 15-minute time limit will be strictly enforced to remain on schedule. Please prepare a 12-minute presentation followed by 3 minutes allotted for questions and discussion. Standard computer presentation equipment will be available. The preferred presentation format is Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx extension). If you wish to use another format or program, or if you need additional equipment, please inform the program chair, Daniel Fong (email@example.com).
Poster: Posters shall be attended by the corresponding author during the poster session. The maximum size for posters is 90 cm wide by 120 cm high.
Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Oral Presentation and Poster Titles:
We anticipate a large turnout for the 2016 meeting of the International Conference on Subterranean Biology (ICSB) for several reasons. First, it is the first ever to take place in the United States. Second, we expect to see participation by many U.S. based speleobiologists who are not members of the International Society of Subterranean Biology, and are not usual attendees of ICSB. Third, the venue at Fayetteville, Arkansas, is located near the center of the U.S., and is an excellent springboard to visit other areas of the continental U.S. after the conference. We would also like to maintain the ICSB tradition of avoiding multiple concurrent sessions of oral presentations in order to maximize audience participation and thus promote exchange of ideas among scientists using different approaches or model systems or model organisms. Therefore, available time slots for oral presentations as well as available space to display posters may be limited. Although the deadline for abstracts is not until March 13, 2016, we wish to emphasize that you may submit a tentative title of your oral presentation or poster between now and March 13, 2016, in order to reserve a time slot for an oral presentation or space for a poster. Final assignment of oral presentation time and poster space is of course contingent upon receipt of the abstract by the deadline, approval by the scientific committee, and confirmation of registration by the presenting author.
Email tentative titles to firstname.lastname@example.org and place either “Oral Title” or “Poster Title” on the subject line as appropriate. In the text of the email or in an attached document, give the full title (without abbreviations and acronyms), names of authors (entire names fully spelled out) with the presenting author indicated by an asterisk, and mailing addresses as well as email addresses for all authors.
Instructions for Preparation and Submission of Abstracts:
A Microsoft Word version of these instructions is available for download here: Abstract Instructions
Abstracts are required for all oral and poster presentations. The maximum word count of the text is 300 words, excluding title and author information. If longer than 300 words, the abstract will be returned to the presenting author for reduction of word count. Please follow the instructions below for abstract preparation.
Abstracts should be formatted in Microsoft Word and saved with the file name in the format presenting author FamilyName_GivenName.doc (or .docx) (e.g., Culver_David.docx). For multiple submissions by the same presenting author, add the number 2 (and so on) after the author name in the file name of the second abstract (e.g., Culver_David2.docx), 3 for the third, etc. Submit each abstract file in a separate email.
All abstracts are to be sent via email to Dr. Daniel Fong at email@example.com with the subject line of “ICSB 2016 Abstract-Oral” or “ICSB 2016 Abstract-Poster” as appropriate.
The deadline for abstract submission is 12:00 (noon) GMT on Sunday, March 20, 2016.
Before sending your abstract file, please make sure that any and all edits have been accepted in “Track Changes” and that “Track Changes” has been turned off. If not, your abstract will be returned.
All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and the presenting author will be contacted via email regarding acceptance as an oral or poster presentation. If your preferred oral presentation is to be changed to a poster presentation because of time restraints in the program, you will be informed by email.
Accepted abstracts will be placed on the program schedule only upon receipt of registration by the presenting author.
The Conference Timetable will be posted to the conference website when available, and will also be emailed to all individuals who submit abstracts. Please check this timetable for your presentation.
Abstracts should be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx files). Use Times New Roman font at 12 point font size. Use left justification only. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence or a proper name only. Do not capitalize any whole word except commonly used acronyms (e.g., ANOVA). Use italics style for species names only. Do not use any other style (e.g., bold) except for commonly accepted notations (e.g., superscript in “cm3” and subscript in α0.05).
Provide all of the following information in the order given. See the example abstract. You may use the example abstract as a template by simply typing over the appropriate sections.
Indicate if the abstract is for an oral or a poster presentation.
Name of the presenting author in the format Family Name, Given Name(s). Use entire given names, not just initials.
Email address of presenting author. Do not start with the word “Email”.
Title. Keep the title as short as possible. Do not use quotation marks around the title. Capitalize the first letter of the first word of a sentence or a proper name only. Use italics for species names only.
List of all authors in the format Family Name, Given Name(s). Use entire names rather than initials. For multiple authors separate each author name with a semicolon (;). Do not use the word “and” before the name of the last author. Indicate presenting author with an asterisk (*). Use superscript numbers to differentiate authors with different addresses.
List of author addresses. Use a separate line for each author in the order of the superscript numbers given in the list of authors. Begin each line with the appropriate superscript number. Do not use abbreviations but spell out all words, including state or province names and country names.
Text of abstract, limited to a maximum of 300 words. Do not indent the first line.
Abstract Submission Example:
An example abstract is presented below. We have also included an example abstract template in Microsoft Word that can be downloaded here: Example Abstract
Fong, Daniel Wu
Evolution of melanin pigment loss in freshwater cave amphipods and isopods.
Fong, Daniel Wu*1; Laslo, Mara2; Bilandžija, Helena3
1Department of Biology, American University, Washington, District of Columbia., United States
2Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
3Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States, and Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
Melanin synthesis was inhibited by an inability to convert L-tyrosine to L-DOPA, the first step in the pathway, in cave and surface populations of the gammarid amphipod, Gammarus minus, and in five crangonyctid species of Stygobromus from different subterranean habitats and two surface species of Crangonyx. Melanin was synthesized as part of the innate immune response during wound healing in all of the species, indicating initial repression and subsequent expression, upon appropriate stimuli, of genes controlling enzyme(s) catalyzing this step. The results suggest melanin pigment loss in cave amphipods evolved from selection favoring repressed gene expression(s) at this step, thus pigment loss may have occurred prior to colonization of the subterranean habitat. Similar experiments conducted on isopods, one surface and four subterranean asellid species of Caecidotea and one subterranean cirolanid, Cirolanides texensis, however, yielded different results, indicating evolution of melanin pigment loss in subterranean species may result from different mechanisms in different taxonomic groups. We present some initial results of similar experiments on additional taxa from a phylogenetic perspective.