Southeast Deer Study Group 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Stakeholder-focused, Science-based, and Data-driven:

 The Gold Standard for the State Deer Management System?

The Southeast Deer Study Group invites deer researchers, students, and managers from the Southeast and beyond to submit abstracts for presentation at our 41st annual meeting!

Presentations will be selected based solely on the merits of the abstract’s originality, quality, management applicability, and significance to the meeting theme (i.e., the state agency deer management system). Abstracts scheduled for presentation during the sessions will be compiled as part of the meeting proceedings. Subject matter may include progress reports, preliminary results, or research results intended for future publication.

Presentations by wildlife agency personnel or agency collaborators relative to the theme of the meeting are strongly encouraged. Examples of such presentations might include socioecological evaluations of programmatic changes in statewide hunting regulations, changes in decision making processes that incorporate stakeholder values along with ecological monitoring, applications of adaptive management or adaptive impact management, showcasing of statistically robust monitoring of management unit level metrics used in decision making, etc.

Since the abstract is the only record of the presentation, evaluation will be based solely on abstract content and quality rather than what the author intends to have prepared by the meeting date.

Student Presentations

A cash award and plaque will be awarded to the best student presentation, and a cash award will be given the second place student presentation. To qualify as a student presenter, the senior author must either be a graduate or undergraduate student or be in his/her first year of employment post‐graduation. Presentations should address the presenter’s graduate research, senior thesis, or similar project in which he/she was involved while a student. The presenter must be the primary person involved in data collection, analysis, and presentation preparation. Students wishing to compete for this award must indicate the name of their advisor on the abstract cover letter. Student abstracts will be subjected to the same review process as the other abstracts, and only those selected for inclusion in the meeting program will be eligible for the award. Award selection will be based entirely on scientific relevance and presentation quality.

Submission Guidelines

To submit an abstract, attach a cover sheet and abstract as two separate files to an email and send by December 15th to with subject line that reads verbatim: SEDSG Abstract Submission. Formatting guidelines for cover sheet and abstract files are outlined below.

General Formatting

  • Formatted for 8.5” x 11” paper with 1” margins, double‐spaced
  • .doc or .docx file formats only
  • Times New Roman 12‐point font

Cover Sheet

  • Name file Cover Sheet.docx
  • Line 1: “Technical Session” or “Poster Session” as appropriate
  • Line 2: Presentation Title (Title Case, bold font, 15 words or less)
  • Line 3: “Student Presentation” or “Non-student Presentation” as appropriate [if “Student Presentation”, insert semicolon and name of advisor on this line also]
  • Line 4: Last name, first name, middle initial of senior author
  • Line 5: Affiliation of senior author
  • Line 6: Address of senior author
  • Line 7: Phone number of senior author
  • Line 8: E-mail address of senior author
  • Lines 9+: Add each additional author in this format: (First Name MI Last Name). (Affiliation). (Street Address, City, State Zip Code). Separate by one line for each additional author.


  • Name file Abstract.docx
  • Line 1: “Technical Session” or “Poster Session” as appropriate; must match Line 1 in cover sheet!
  • Line 2: Presentation Title (Title Case, bold font, 15 words or less); must match Line 2 in cover sheet!
  • Lines 3+: Abstract content (250 word limit)
    • All distances, areas, weights, etc., must be presented in English units (feet, acres, etc.). DO NOT use metric units.
    • Abstracts should describe:
      • What you studied and why - place the research in perspective by explaining the reason for the work.
      • How you did your research - briefly explain your methods.
      • What you found - summarize your results.
      • What it means - state your conclusions and management implications.

You will receive a confirmation email when your abstract has been received. Senior authors will be notified of acceptance or not, no later than January 10th. Specifications for oral and poster presentations will be sent directly to the authors accepted for those sessions.


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