Pacific Seabird Group  42nd Annu

 

Pacific Seabird Group
42nd Annual Meeting:
A Future for Seabirds

San Jose, CA
19-21 February 2015

Program Chair: Kathy Kuletz


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND TRAVEL AWARDS!  EARLY REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Pacific Seabird Group's 42nd meeting in San Jose, CA from 18-21 Feb 2015, with the theme “
A Future for Seabirds”. Like last year, PSG will use an on-line system for everything.

To submit abstracts, register, purchase field trips, banquet tickets, and merchandise, click here to access RegOnLine (www.regonline.com/psg2015).
PSG will soon post additional information.

With many thanks, and looking forward to seeing ‘A Future for Seabirds’, and you in San Jose!

Kathy Kuletz, Chair Elect and 2015 Scientific Program Chair.
Doug Forsell, 2015 Travel Awards.
Scott Shaffer, 2015 Local Committee Chair.
Christine Ogura, Treasurer.


Important Deadlines

  • Abstract submission OPENS 08 September 2014 and CLOSES 17 November 2014

  • Travel award applications accepted UNTIL 31 October 2014

  • Early registration ENDS 19 December 2014

  • Notification abstract acceptance and travel awards ON 15 December 2014

  • Hotel reservations with PSG room block rate ENDS 02 February 2015


Scientific Program

Deadline for Abstracts: 17 November 2014
Notifications: 15 December 2014

Abstracts are maximum 1,750 characters (with spaces, ~ 250 words).  Please provide up to six (6) authors when you submit on-line with your abstract, including names, address, and email address.   You can have as many authors as you like for your oral or poster presentation; we have limited the fields only in the on-line tool.  You can submit an abstract and return to pay for registration later.


Submit abstracts in any of the usual Contributed Sessions (please select one):
Behavior; Breeding Biology; Climate Change; Conservation Biology; Contaminants and Marine Debris; Fisheries (see Special Paper Session); Foraging Ecology; Genetics; Management; Policy, or Planning; Non-breeding Biology; Physiology; Population Biology; Restoration and Eradication; Tools and Techniques; Tracking and Distribution

OR - apply to join a Special Paper Session (SPS).  For 2015 we have five exciting and timely Special Paper Sessions!  If you have a presentation or poster that you would like included in a particular session, contact the leads below when you submit your abstract.  Some of the SPS have already lined out speakers, but they may have openings for additional oral and poster presentations. Click here for descriptions of the SPS (Special Paper Session pdf)

SPS 1: Can seabirds be used to predict impending climatic events in the Pacific?
Lead Convener:  Grant Humphries (
humphries.grant@gmail.com)

SPS 2: Merging seabird and fisheries data to track marine ecosystem processes and fluctuations
Lead Convener:  Stephani Zador (
Stephani.Zador@noaa.gov)

SPS 3: Community-based seabird conservation
Lead Convener:  Peter Hodum (
peter@oikonos.org)

SPS 4: Ashy Storm-petrel Rangewide Science and Conservation
Lead Convener:  David Ainley (
dainley@penguinscience.com)
SPS 5: Shearwaters forever or cause for concern? The conservation and status of shearwaters
Lead Convener:  Mark Rauzon (mrauzon@peralta.edu)


Registration

Early registration ends: 19 December 2014. Cick here to access RegOnLine (www.regonline.com/psg2015).

Please register as soon as possible to assist the Local Committee Chair with planning for the event.  The conference will be held at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel, a convenient location to restaurants, coffee shops, light rail, and the San Jose International airport.

Registration fees for
2015 meeting (US$)
Early bird
(by December 19)
Late registration
(after December 19)
Member $ 285 $ 335
Student member $ 155 $ 205
Non-member $ 330 $ 380
Student non-member $ 180 $ 230
Day rate $ 130 $ 180

Venue

Room blocks at a special rate are being held until: 02 February 2015.

San Jose Airport Garden Hotel
Located in the heart of San Jose near the intersection of Hwy 101 and 880, this venue is 5-10 minutes from San Jose International Airport (SJC) and is within 10-15 minutes from downtown San Jose via light rail, taxi, or car. More information about the meeting venue can be found at: http://sjcairporthotel.com/?gclid=CJrlu6_2978CFQqGaQodPKwA9w.

Accommodations
Room blocks have been reserved (held until 2 February 2015) for meeting participants at the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel where the meeting venue is located. Please book early to guarantee the PSG room rate and to ensure that you have a room.  Make your hotel reservations online here or call 1-(321)-800-7707 and request of the room rate for the Pacific Seabird Group meeting.  All unreserved rooms will be released on 03 February 2015.

In addition to the San Jose Garden Hotel, there are a number of hotels/motels that vary in price including the Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Double Tree, Vagabond, and Motel 6. In addition to places to stay, there are plenty of food options within walking distance of the San Jose Airport Garden Hotel. This includes sandwiches, chicken, sushi, thai, steaks, and more. There are three major airports servicing the San Francisco Bay area. The closest airport to the meeting venue is San Jose International (SJC) but you can also fly into San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports. Airline fares differ by airport so it pays to investigate your options. From SFO, your best option if not driving is using CalTrain which takes you to downtown San Jose and then transfer to the VTA light rail (heading north). There is a light rail stop across the street from the meeting venue. From OAK, you can take BART heading south to Fremont and then grab a taxi the rest of the way.


Travel Awards

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Notifications: 15 December 2014

Travel awards available to presenters that are Students* from US or Canada, Students* not from US or Canada, Scientists not from US or Canada. To apply for a travel award, please tell us in 250 words or less (1,750 characters, with spaces) why you deserve this travel award from PSG.  Additionally, three criteria must be met to be considered for a travel award; you must:  1) be a PSG member, 2) submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation, and 3) agree to attend PSG’s general membership Business Meeting….a brief (30 min) meeting held during the Annual Meeting.  Come learn more about PSG.  Thank you for applying for a PSG Travel Award!

*Students may only receive one travel award over a three-year period (for PSG 2015, ineligible students would thus include those who received travel awards to attend PSG’s annual meetings in Victoria, BC, Canada (2010), Turtle Bay, Hawaii (2012), Portland, Oregon (2013), or Juneau, Alaska (2014).
Travel awards are available to presenters that are Students (see PSG meeting website for details). To apply for a travel award, please tell us in 250 words or less (1,750 characters, with spaces) why you deserve this travel award from PSG.  Additionally, three criteria must be met to be considered for a travel award; you must:  1) be a PSG member, 2) submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation, and 3) agree to attend PSG’s general membership Business Meeting….a brief (30 min) meeting held during the Annual Meeting.  Come learn more about PSG.  Thank you for applying for a PSG Travel Award!


Silent Auction

We are interested and in need of items for the silent auction. Please consider donating something for the auction that will be held during the meeting venue. For questions, please contact Scott Shaffer (scott.shaffer@sjsu.edu).


Field Trips

The San Francisco Bay area has a diversity of habitats including estuarine, the bay, coastal, and open ocean. Five fantastic field trips have been organized for meeting participants, starting on 15 February (before the meeting) and concluding on 23 Feb (after the meeting).u).


Banquet

Banquet tickets sold on-line ($70 USD for regular members and $50 USD for students).  A limited number of banquet tickets will be available at the registration desk.  Please purchase early to assist the Local Committee Chair with planning the event.  


PSG's 41st Annual Meeting held in Juneau, Alaska was extraordinarily successful!

Our sincere thanks to all who participated.
 

We appreciate generous donations by ABR Inc., North Pacific Research Board, School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shell, ConocoPhillips, and Birdsmith Ecological Research in support of the 2014 PSG annual meeting in Juneau.


PSG's 2014  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Anthony J. Gaston


PSG's SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

2014 Special Achievement Award Recipient
 Vivian Mendenhall

Please visit the Lifetime Award webpage to read about their accomplishment as well as previous award winners.

 


ABSTRACTS FROM 2014 PSG ANNUAL MEETING

Abstracts of the 2014 Annual Meeting are available in pdf format (Abstracts)
Abstracts from previous meetings are printed in Pacific Seabirds

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