International Symposium of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society - April 19-24, 2009 - Baltimore Marriott Waterfront - Baltimore, Maryland

The theme for the 2009 symposium will be:
Healthy Mollusks = Healthy Rivers = Healthy People

A plenary session will open the meeting and provide a variety of international and ecosystem perspectives on freshwater mollusk conservation. Platform and poster session topics covering all taxa of mollusks (gastropods and bivalves) are welcome, and will include:

  • Advances in Propagation of Mollusks
  • Pearl Culture
  • Life History & Population Ecology
  • Physiology and Reproductive Biology
  • Systems and Community Ecology / Freshwater Mussel Ecosystem Services
  • Habitat Restoration/ Fish Passage/ Connectivity
  • Maritime, Roads, and Rail: Transportation, Impacts and Opportunities
  • Water Quality and Ecotoxicology
  • Status of Mollusks on Tribal Lands
  • Conservation of Margaritiferidae
  • World Atlas of Freshwater Mussels
  • Evolution and Systematics
  • Outreach that Works


Submittal form: Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment in Microsoft Word® or Rich Text format to Patricia Morrison, USFWS, Ohio River Islands NWR, (, 304-375-2923 x 124. File name should include presenter's last name and initials (e.g., jonesjm.doc). Acknowledgment of abstract receipt, if requested, will be provided by e-mail.

Limit abstracts to 300 words or less (including title, authors and affiliations). Abstracts with greater than 300 words will be edited.

Submittal format: The abstract should contain the title in BOLD, CAPITAL letters, followed by the author(s), and address(es). Underscore the presenter's name. Skip one line and begin the text including a clear summary of presentation including objectives, results, and conclusions (see example):

At the bottom of the page, please type:

  1. The name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail of the presenting author;
  2. Preference for Platform or Poster presentation and willingness (yes or no) to convert from one format to another; and
  3. Regular or Student* attendee
  4. Please indicate appropriate session from the list above for your presentation.

*Note: All students submitting abstracts, provided they meet eligibility requirements, will be judged for the best student platform or poster presentation, unless otherwise indicated.

Oral Presentation Requirements
Not to exceed 20 minutes (15 minutes for talk and 5 minutes for questions and answers). Slides and LCD projector visual aids only (no overheads).

Poster requirements
The poster should not exceed a size of 3 feet high by 6 feet wide. Authors must be present at the designated poster session.


Note: Student travel grants and awards are available. To apply, complete and return the forms located on the FMCS Web site ( Please be sure to carefully follow all instructions.

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