Call for papers: Western Great Lakes Research Conference – due Feb. 13

The 7th Annual Western Great Lakes Research Conference “Conserving Resources on America’s Freshwater Coast: Research, Monitoring, and Public Engagement to support adaptive management in Great Lakes National Parks,” April 1-2, has issued a call for papers.

Overview: This conference provides a forum for resource managers, their cooperators, and other interested parties to exchange information about natural and cultural resource research and management activities at parks and other protected areas in the western Great Lakes region. We will host one and a half days of presentations and posters of research and applied management projects, focused on conserving resources on America’s Freshwater Coast. We hope to feature presentations addressing four themes:

  • Current research on invasive species, species of concern, water quality (etc.)
  • Mapping technologies to evaluate historic and current changes in the landscape
  • Long-term monitoring of biological and environmental indicators
  • Information transfer through public engagement
  • Call for Papers: For abstracts of research and natural or cultural resource projects applicable to National Park Service units and other natural areas of the western Great Lakes region or in the upper Midwest. Abstracts should be one page or less and include all author’s names and affiliations, and should clearly articulate project objectives, methods, results, and major findings/recommendations. Include preference for oral or poster presentation. Submit abstracts to

    Abstracts are due February 13, 2009. Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 27.

    Logistics: The conference will be held at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, Wisconsin, beginning 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 1 and ending at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2009.

    Contact Information: For more information contact Julie Van Stappen at 715-779-3398 x211, Stella Collier at 612-624-0734, or Jerrilyn Thompson at 612-624-3699. For more information, to submit an abstract, or to register for the conference visit:

    This conference is sponsored by the National Park Service’s (NPS) Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, NPS Great Lakes Inventory & Monitoring Network, NPS Great Lakes Research and Education Center, Great Lakes-Northern Forest Cooperative Ecosystem, and CESU host, University of Minnesota.