Poster Abstract Submission
Poster abstract submission deadline: Thursday 25th June 2020. Your are encouraged to register before this date (to reserve a place at the symposium) and then submit your poster abstract before the deadline.
The number of posters we can display is limited and so will be restricted to one per presenting author and be subject to a selection procedure based on submitted abstracts. Preference will be given to new unpublished, or recently published, work. Please submit your abstracts according to the guidelines below by Thursday 25th June 2020. You will receive an email by Thursday 9th July informing you whether or not your abstract has been accepted as a poster and if you have been chosen to give a 15 minute oral presentation of your work (10 minutes presentation; 5 minutes for questions).
Note there will be prizes awarded for the best posters. Poster abstracts will be published in the symposium programme and abstract book and will be made available on the symposium website.
Poster abstract guidelines
- Abstracts should be no more than 200 words and should fill a space no larger than half an A4 page
- Single spacing, Arial font, 10 point
- First line: title in bold lower case
- Second line: the author(s)' name(s) in upper case. Underline the name of the author presenting the work
- Third line: full address of the institution(s) where the work was carried out, in italic lower case
- Leave a single line space after the address
- Main text: provide concise details of the background and objective(s) of the investigation, methods used, results and conclusions
What can functional traits tell us about forest–savanna transitions?
IMMA OLIVERAS1,2, ANABELLE CARDOSO1,2, AGNE GVOZDEVAITE1, HALINA JACONSKI3, MARINA SCALON1
1Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, OX13QY Oxford, UK; 2Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Departent, Yale University, 06511, CT, USA; 3Ecology and Conservation Unit, State University of Mato Grosso, Nova Xavantina, Brazil
Forest–savanna transitions are the largest ecotone in the tropics and are very sensitive to global change. They span large areas in South America, Africa and Asia and they are dynamic through space and time, having periods of expansion and retraction. Yet, we know very little about how these transitions are shaped, and how the different drivers that shape their dynamics (soil, water, fire and herbivory) interact and ultimately affect ecosystem form and function.
Functional traits provide us with a good opportunity to understand the differences in form and function of these transitions. We will present the findings of several research efforts in the Neotropics and Paleotropics with which we have identified specific transitional vegetation that is distinct from both forests and savannah vegetation. We draw on the differences in ecosystem functioning depending along different functional spectrums: leaf, wood, hydraulic and phenological, which translate into different community assemblages.
- Posters should be no larger than A0 size, portrait (118 cm high x 84 cm wide)
- Poster abstracts should be formatted as .DOC, .DOCX or .RTF files and submitted using the online submission procedure.
- Please fill in the below details and proceed to upload your poster abstract.