01 December 2011

9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference, Orlando, Florida June 3-8, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Society of Wetland Scientists and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conference will meet in conjunction with INTECOL 9, and their presentations on planning, policy and science will be integrated into the program. We welcome our colleagues to this premier event - the largest wetlands conference in the world.

Mark your calendar now and make plans to attend this dynamic conference which will attract more than 1500 of the world's leading wetland scientists and policy makers.

Call for Abstracts - DUE December 16th!

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2011

All individuals working in ecological, physical, biogeochemical and social sciences pertinent to wetland management and policy are invited to submit abstracts describing their efforts, science, projects and results.

INTECOL 9 provides a forum for wetlands scientists from around the world to discuss threats, challenges and integrated solutions for sustainable restoration and management of wetlands in our changing world and we encourage you to participate in this discussion and submit an abstract of your work.

Oral and poster presentations will be selected from abstract submissions, and abstracts from all presentations will be published online in the conference book of abstracts. Poster presentations will be divided into two sessions and formal poster sessions will be held for each grouping to allow maximum time for discussion with individual authors.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) or if you normally attend the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Science Conference - these conferences will not be held in 2012. Instead, SWS and GEER will meet in conjunction with INTECOL 9, and all GEER and SWS presentations will be integrated along with ALL SUBMISSIONS used to formulate one program agenda for INTECOL 9.

Abstracts will be limited to one page (250-500 words maximum), and will be due December 16th to allow sufficient time for program agenda development and for international submitters to obtain visas.

Don't wait until the last minute!  Start working on your abstract now to meet the December 16th deadline.

Additional Note: Dan Childers is organizing an Invited Session on Urban Wetlands. 
Those interested can contact Dan Dan.Childers@asu.edu before submitting their abstracts, so that he can help them assure they are directed to the correct session.

SWSPCP to Offer Education Credits for Professional Certification at INTECOL 9
The Society of Wetland Scientists developed a program for certification of wetland science training and experience as a separate not-for-profit corporation, called the SWS Professional Certification Program, Inc., (SWSPCP).

SWSPCP works to meet the needs of professional ecologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, educators, agency professionals, consultants, and others who practice wetland science. This program is aimed at serving the public's need to identify qualified individuals to assess and manage the Nation's wetland resources.

Certification signifies that the academic and work experience of a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) meets the standards expected by his or her peers of a practicing wetland professional and provides acknowledgment to his or her peers of adherence to standards of professional ethics with regard to the conduct and practice of wetland science. Certification will enhance recognition of wetland science within other disciplines, especially in multi-disciplinary work environments.

Sponsor INTECOL 9!
Aligning your organization with INTECOL 9 provides you with the opportunity to strengthen industry relationships, interact with key decision makers, and reinforce your continued commitment to wetlands worldwide. Take advantage of this occasion to promote your organization before attendees from governmental, private, non-profit, and contracting organizations.

For more information please visit the conference website:  

- Or Contact -
Ms. Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP, Director University of Florida, IFAS, Office of Conferences & Institutes
TEL: 352-392-5930; EMAIL: bmt@ufl.edu

Group Rate Information:
The Caribe Royal is offering participants of the 9th INTECOL a very special rate of $129 per night plus applicable taxes (currently 12.5%) for single or double occupancy for standard double queen or standard king suite.

Reservation Deadline:
Reservations must be made by Monday, April 16, 2012 to receive this special group rate.  Please be aware the block of rooms may fill before the deadline, so we urge you to make your reservation as soon as possible. After April 16, the discounted rate is not guaranteed on possible remaining rooms.

Make Your Reservation:
To make your reservation at the reduced rate, call 1-800-823-8300 and state that you are a 9th INTECOL International Wetland Conference participant.

Who Should Attend: The 9th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference is designed to bring together an international cadre of scientists, engineers, natural resource managers, policy makers, planners and partners involved with or affected by all aspects of sustainable management and restoration of wetland ecosystems.

This includes those involved in the wetland sciences, engineering, wetland resource management and restoration, regulation, planning and policy, and education.

Conference Chairs:
Dr. K. Ramesh Reddy
University of Florida/IFAS
TEL: 352-392-1804 ext 317

Dr. G. Ronnie Best
US Geological Survey
TEL: 954-577-6354
TEL (CELL): 954-658-4676

Dr. Glenn R. Guntenspergen
President, Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) US Geological Survey
TEL: 218-720-4307

UF/IFAS OCI | PO Box 110750 | Bldg. 639 Mowry Road | Gainesville | FL | 32611

28 November 2011

Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Project -- UGEC Viewpoints VII - Call for Abstracts

It’s time to begin work on the next issue of UGEC Viewpoints!  The process for this seventh issue will work just as it has for the last few issues. Interested parties should send a 300 word abstract of  envisioned contributions.  The contribution should discuss your current research or could be forward looking – including a discussion of problems or knowledge gaps, potential solutions for moving forward, etc.  In general, Viewpoints articles should be semiformal presentations of research findings in the context of urbanization and global environmental change with more emphasis on the policy implications of the research.  For examples of articles, recent issues can be found at this link:  http://ugec.org/tiki-index.php?page=ReportsNewsletters

After selections are made – potentially 10-12 contributions total – a full article of around 1500-1800 words would be submitted.  Potential contributors should begin by sending your 300 word abstract by Sunday, December 18th.

After you are notified acceptance, your full article will be due by the end of January.  The final product is expected to become available in March. 

Abstract submissions should be emailed to: corrie.griffith@asu.edu  Questions about the publication or the process can also be directed to Corrie.