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Abstracts for Oral Presentations & Posters
Plans are still being finalized for the meeting schedule. 


The 137th meeting of American Ornithology and the 3rd annual meeting of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) will be held in Anchorage, Alaska from 24 – 28 June. We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral presentation or poster in the general sessions. You do not need to register for the annual meeting before submitting an abstract; however, you are required to register within 30 days of receiving notification of abstract acceptance to ensure your place in the scientific program. Note that Early Bird Registration will close approximately 1 week after notifications have been sent.

Abstracts must be submitted online (see instructions below).

Abstracts should have a concise title (maximum 125 characters) and be a maximum of 250 words. We encourage abstracts from all members of the ornithological community and expect a meeting that reflects speaker diversity and gender equality.


ABSTRACTS for oral presentations and posters must be submitted online via the OSNA Member Portal. If you already have an account, you can navigate directly to the abstract submission form by clicking here. If you do not already have a username and passoword, you will first need to set up your free account from the OSNA Member Portal login page. Once you have your account established, you can navigate to the abstract submission form by selecting “View Open Competitions” in the Awards, Competitions, & Submissions section in the lower right of the screen. On the resulting page, find the AOS 2018 Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Posters Competition and click “View”.

Prepare your abstract prior to logging onto the online submission form. Simply cut and paste it from your text/word processing editor into the text window on the abstract submission system. This way you have your own copy in case there is an internet interruption or some other unforeseen event during the submission process.

If you are not experienced with writing scientific abstracts, consider reading one of the many online writing guides (e.g. “How to write a good abstract…”). In general, include 1-2 sentences of background information, 1-2 sentences for each: stating the question or hypothesis to be addressed; a brief summary of the methodology used; and the results and interpretation. Be brief and as precise as possible, use first person, and avoid statements that don’t convey information (e.g. “results of our analyses will be discussed”). Abstracts are limited to 250 words.

You will be asked to enter the following information as you go through the online submission process.

  1. Presenting author’s name
  2. Presenting author’s affiliation/organization
  3. Presenting author’s phone and email
  4. Student status of the presenting author
  5. If the presenter is an undergraduate student and the abstract is accepted, would the student like the talk to be included in the AOS Undergraduate Symposium?
  6. If the presenter is a student and the abstract is accepted, would the student like to be considered for a Student Presentation Award?
  7. Would the presenter like to be considered for a student or post-doc travel award?
  8. Would the presenter like to be considered for a Diversity & Inclusion Student travel award?
  9. If eligible for a student Diversity & Inclusion travel award, please describe how the attendance at the AOS meeting or your research contributes to fostering diversity and inclusion at the AOS meeting or ornithology in general.
  10. Names and contact info of the co-authors of the presentation
  11. Title of presentation (125-character limit)
  12. Abstract (250-word limit)
  13. Rank your preference for the type of presentation: 15-min talk, 5-min lightning talk, or Poster. You can also indicate if you do not want a particular format, as well as if you have no preference for format.
  14. Select up to 4 topical areas in which your presentation best fits. Topical areas include: Abundance, occupancy, trends; Annual cycle; Behavior; Biogeography; Birds & agriculture; Breeding biology; Breeding Bird Survey (BBS); Brood parasitism; Citizen science/science communication; Climate; Community ecology; Conservation; Development & growth; Diseases/parasites; Ecosystems; Ecotoxicology; Emerging tools; Endocrinology & hormones; Evolution; Evolutionary ecology; Foraging/food habits; General Ecology; Genomics; Habitat change/relationships; Human dimensions/coupled systems; Landscape Ecology; Life history; Management/policy; Mating systems; Metabolic ecology; Migration & Stopover; Models and methods; Molecular ecology; Morphology/molt; Movements/dispersal; Parental care; Phylogenetics; Phylogeography; Physiology; Policy, outreach & education; Pollution/pesticides; Population biology/dynamics; Sexual selection; Songs/vocalizations; Systematics/taxonomy; Tropical ecology; Urban ecology
  15. Special needs for your presentation (e.g., I will require wheelchair assistance). This block can be left blank
  16. Were you invited to give this talk in a special symposium (Yes/No)?
  17. If you answered yes to the question above, please indicate in which of the following accepted symposia your presentation belongs.
  18. Notes to Scientific Program Committee. This block can be left blank.
  19. Are you willing to chair your session or a different session (Yes/No)?

When finished click the “Submit” button or you may save the submission as a draft and come back to edit it later.

If you save your submission as a draft, you can change and edit your abstract by logging in to the OSNA Member Portal homepage and selecting “View My Competition Entries” in the Awards, Competitions & Submissions section in the lower right of the screen. You can make changes whenever you want up until you click “Submit” or until the abstract submission deadline (26 January 2018).

Click here to submit your abstract for an oral presentation or poster.

**If you wish to also submit an abstract to the Early Professionals Mini-Talk Symposium taking place at the AOS meeting on April 11, please use the separate submission form available here.

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Please contact the Scientific Program Committee ( with any questions about the program or submission process.