Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is open!! If you have questions about the conference, please email: olivia@friendsoftheenvironment.org

Friends of the Environment will hold its 9th biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, January 7th – 9th, 2020, starting with a welcome reception on the evening of Jan. 7th. The meeting (Jan. 8th & 9th) will include oral presentations, posters and keynote talks, optional field trips will follow on Jan. 10th (TBA – this is a holiday so we may have to make other plans). We invite submission of contributed papers and posters on the findings of your research on natural history, geology, conservation, and environmental science and education of The Abaco’s/Bahamas at this conference.

All oral presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, including 5 minutes for questions. Talks are limited to Microsoft PowerPoint or Mac Keynote; no other formats (such as slides, overheads) will be accepted. Please notify us if you require sound for your presentation, if your presentation includes a video or needs other special attention. (A Mac will be available for presentations, or you may connect your own computer to the serial cable for the projector). We urge participants to consider presentation of their work as posters. Posters provide an opportunity for authors to participate in more detailed communication with attendees. Posters are displayed from Wednesday January 8th through Thursday January 9th and authors are requested to attend their posters during scheduled breaks; there will also be a poster frenzy. Posters will be displayed on cloth-covered room dividers.

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts 

A maximum of 300 words. Abstract should include a statement of objectives, brief description of methods, principal results, and conclusions. Do not include identifying information in the abstract (they will be blind reviewed).

Abstract Evaluation 

Papers and posters will be accepted based on their technical merit and contribution to our knowledge of species, populations, communities, ecological processes, management practices, conservation initiatives, education models, or policy issues. Papers and posters should present results from completed studies or completed phases of long-term projects. All abstracts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers in a blind review process. Please note that presentations from students are welcome but are not given preferential treatment. However, time/space is a limiting factor and we may not be able to accept all papers/posters submitted (whether from students or professionals).

Notice of Decision 

Notice of acceptance will be made by November 18th, 2019.


All presenters MUST register and pay the appropriate conference registration fee. Advance registration is encouraged. Registration includes conference socials. Field trips are optional and first come first served. Register here.


Questions about the conference may be directed to Lianna Burrows and Olivia Patterson-Maura, or 242-367-2721