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Abstract Submittal Form

January 3-7, 2018
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, CA

Deadline for Submissions: September 6, 2017

The abstract form below is For Invited Symposia Submittal Only
For Contributed Papers and Posters Form, click here (including abstracts for sessions complementing symposia)

2018 Notes
  1. NEW THIS YEAR - Posters will be 42" x 42" this year.
  2. In regular (non-symposium) sessions, oral presentations will be 15 minutes.
  3. Lunch will run from 12:00 to 1:30
  4. Poster session will take place between 3:30-5:30
  5. You may present using your own laptop, but change-over time will be deducted from your presentation time.
Again this Year!
SICB Meeting includes opening evening plenary (January 3) followed by 4 full days of presentations (January 4-7).

View/download guidelines: PDF

Please also visit our new Frequently Asked Questions page! (Opens in separate window)

Please submit this form separately for every presentation you will make at the meeting.

Please fill in all fields marked with an *. If you do not, your abstract information will not be accepted by SICB's server.

A. Only electronic submissions via this web page will be considered for presentation.

B. Your Contact Address: (this is not the field for first author! You *must* fill in all authors in the appropriate author fields of the form!)
First Name* M.I. Last Name*
Mailing Address Line 1 *:  
Mailing Address Line 2:
City *:
State or Province (if USA or Canada), or Country:
ZIP or Postal Code *:
Work Phone *:
E-Mail *:
Re-type E-Mail *:
URL Link http://
(To appear in the program with your abstract)

C. * Membership Category:

Student Sponsor

ALL Students who wish to present need a full member's sponsorship. Click here for more info.)
Student Sponsor Name:
Student Sponsor Email:
Graduate or Undergraduate Student:

     NOTE: if you have indicated that you are a SICB member, or a member of an affiliated/cosponsored society
     you must choose the appropriate affiliation below. If you have not indicated either of these please leave the
     next two fields blank.

      SICB Members, select a divisional affiliation appropriate for this abstract:
      Members of affiliated or cosponsored society, select affiliation:
ABS - Animal Behavior Society
AMS - American Microscopical Society
TCS - The Crustacean Society

D. * Presentation area (View/download guidelines: PDF)
  Please select your name or speaker slot from your symposium below: (Select only one!)

  • From Small and Squishy to Big and Armored: Genomic, Ecological and Paleontological Insights into the Early Evolution of Animals (Sperling and Kocot):

  • Spatial Scale and Structural Heterogeneity in Skeletal Muscle Performance (Williams and Holt):

  • Evolution in the Dark: Unifying Understanding of Eye Loss (Porter and Sumner-Rooney):

  • Science Through Narrative: Engaging Broad Audiences (Elshafie et al.):

  • Sensory Feedback and Animal Locomotion: Perspectives from Biology and Biorobotics (Aiello et al.):

  • Understanding the Evolution of Endocrine System Variation through Large-scale Comparative Analyses (Vitousek et al.):

  • Science in the Public Eye: Leveraging Partnerships (Merson et al.):

  • Integrative Biology of Sensory Hair Cells (McPherson and Swalla):

  • Inside the Black Box: The Mitochondrial Basis of Life-history Variation and Animal Performance (Salin and Hood):

  • Behavioral and Physiological Adaptation to Urban Environments (Ouyang and Dominoni):

  • Measuring Biodiversity and Extinction: Present and Past (Sigwart):

  • Special Presentations:

  • E.
    Audio/Visual Requests Please indicate below (a) if you plan to use audio during your presentation and (b) if you plan to use your own computer for your oral presentation. A computer and projector will be present in all presenting and practice rooms. Therefore, you can bring your presentation on a CD, DVD, or memory stick (flash drive). Everyone is required to visit the Ready Room prior to his/her presentation to upload the presentation and ensure that the presentation will work on the computer and projector that are provided. Speakers using special software or large MAC videos may wish to present using their own laptop. Should you elect to bring your own computer, it will be possible to connect it near the podium, but you must bring your own cables and adaptors, and you will be responsible for making these connections and for computer set-up in the meeting room. Any time used for set up will be deducted from your presentation time, so please plan accordingly.
    I plan to use computer audio during my presentation
    I plan to use my own computer for my oral presentation

    G. Best Student Presentation Program - If you are a student speaker and interested in competing in the Best Student Presentation competition, please contact the Program Officer at

    H. Author (s): (e.g. last name: PEARSE, initials: JS Do NOT include asterisks; they will be added by the abstract system according to the presenting author selector below.)
    (View/download guidelines: PDF)
    Indicate presenting author using the pop-up box below author fields. SICB student members seeking financial support from SICB must be a presenting author.
    Fill in all authors' names even if the name has been provided as the contact person above!
    Author 1 - Last name*:    Author 1 - First/Middle Initials*:
    Author 2 - Last name:   Author 2 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 3 - Last name:   Author 3 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 4 - Last name:   Author 4 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 5 - Last name:   Author 5 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 6 - Last name:   Author 6 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 7 - Last name:   Author 7 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 8 - Last name:   Author 8 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 9 - Last name:   Author 9 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 10 - Last name:   Author 10 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 11 - Last name:   Author 11 - First/Middle Initials:
    Author 12 - Last name:   Author 12 - First/Middle Initials:

    I. Author(s)' Institution (s): (e.g. Univ. of California, Santa Cruz)
    Author 1 Institution *:
    Author 2 Institution:   
    Author 3 Institution:   
    Author 4 Institution:   
    Author 5 Institution:   
    Author 6 Institution:   
    Author 7 Institution:   
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    Author 10 Institution:   
    Author 11 Institution:   
    Author 12 Institution:   

    Presenting Author*

    Cell Phone of *
    Presenting Author:
    Email Address of *
    Presenting Author:
    Short Biography of Presenting Author:
    (limit to 350 characters)

    J. Enter the title of your abstract in upper and lower case * (e.g. The Biology of Big: Discovering the Extraordinary Costs of Survival at the Top of the Food Chain) .

    If you have any questions regarding format please refer to the guidelines: (View/download guidelines: PDF). You can enclose species names in italics opening and closing tags , e.g., <i>Homo sapiens</i> will appear as Homo sapiens. These tags will not be included in character count. NOTE that opening and closing tags are DIFFERENT!

    K. Abstract keywords :
    Keywords are used to develop the index in the Final Program. You must use at least one, but no more than three, keywords to submit your abstract. Enter them in the Keyword 1, Keyword 2, and Keyword 3 boxes. NOTE: This year you are allowed to add 1 keyword of your choosing (if you wish). The complete keyword list will appear when you click the button "keyword list".
    Keyword 1 *
    Keyword 2:    
    Keyword 3:    
    Keyword of choice:
    (replaces keyword 3 if entered)

    L. Abstract *:

    NOTE: When using symbols or special mark-up bracket underlines, superscripts, or Greek letters with the following symbols. NOTE that opening and closing tags are DIFFERENT!

    Italics: add "<i>" before and "</i>" after the text to be italicized, <i>Melospiza melodia</i>
    Bold: add "<b>" before and "</b>" after the text to be made bold, <b>bold print</b>
    Superscript: add "<sup>" before and "</sup>" after superscripted text, <sup>3</sup>
    Subscript: add "<sub>" before and "</sub>" after subscripted text, <sub>6</sub>
    Degree: &deg;

    Greek Letters: spell out as in the following list.
    alpha: &alpha; (browser-check: α)
    beta: &beta; (browser-check: β)
    gamma: &gamma; (browser-check: γ)
    NOTE that the codes for greek letters and special characters start with a ampersand & and end on a semicolon ; . If you forget either, it will NOT render correctly.

    For a comprehensive list of HTML-codes in a separate browser window, click here.
    (View/download guidelines: PDF)


    The abstract is limited to 2000 characters, including spaces. The character count excludes HTML tags. The title, authors' names and institutions, and primary author's e-mail address will be added to the final abstract and are counted as part of the 2000 characters. Limit the text-body accordingly, and please do not use hard carriage returns.

    Submission of this abstract constitutes a binding agreement to present your paper or poster at the Annual Meeting. Those who fail to do so without good reason will be prohibited from presenting at the next Annual Meeting.

    Your submission will not be complete until you register for the meeting. Registration for the annual meeting must be completed by November 6, 2017.

    *I confirm that all co-authors listed on this abstract have approved its content.