Call for Abstracts and Poster Presentations

Published: 2013-04-26

You are invited to participate in the 8th biennial State of Lake Michigan and 13th annual Great Lakes Beach Association
Conference on October 15th-17th, at the Blue Harbor in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The joint conference typically draws 350 resource managers, scientists, coastal planners, local officials, and interest groups working together to improve and protect Great Lakes beaches and Lake Michigan. Events include: eighteen sessions on Lake Michigan and Great Lakes beach issues; a plenary session; keynote addresses; an evening poster reception and buffet; workshops; and field trips.

All interested persons are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. Both oral and poster presentations will require an abstract. We especially encourage papers that address key stressors on the Lake Michigan ecosystem or Great Lakes beaches and remedial or management actions and tools. Please refer to the conference website for a description of the sessions and abstract submittal instructions. The deadline for abstract submission is June 15th, 2013. Abstracts will be reviewed by the session chairs and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 31th, 2013.  

Session topics will include:

  • Coastal habitats and Lake Michigan biodiversity
  • Fisheries and wildlife
  • Aquatic invasive species and the Lake Michigan food web
  • Nuisance algae and nutrient dynamics in the nearshore zone
  • Green Bay hypoxia
  • Lake Michigan basin TMDLs and phosphorus management
  • Progress on Lake Michigan Areas of Concern
  • Contaminant trends and health advice in Lake Michigan fish
  • Lake Michigan monitoring and coastal assessment programs
  • It's not just a document anymore: Online resources for Lakewide Action Management Planning
  • Learning to live with coastal hazards
  • Sustainable coastal communities
  • Harbors, working waterfronts and recreation
  • Developing, implementing, and communicating the use of predictive and rapid tools at beaches
  • Beach remediation and monitoring success stories
  • Challenges for beach managers in 2013 and beyond
  • Investigating and managing the physical and hydrological aspects of beaches
  • Identifying sources and managing fecal contamination

Presenters will receive a discount on the conference registration fee. For more information please visit the conference website, or contact Victoria Harris, 920-366-3971,

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