Deadlines for proposal and abstract submission
|Type of proposal||Call open||Deadline for submission||Acceptance notification sent out by||Notification of date and location sent out by|
|Organized oral session proposals||mid-July||9/15/06||12/15/06||2/15/07|
|Special session proposals||late-September||12/1/06||1/15/07||2/15/07|
|Call for all abstracts (symposium, OOS, contributed oral, and poster)||mid-December||3/1/07||4/25/07||5/15/07|
|Call for latebreaking poster abstracts||5/1/07||6/1/07||6/25/07|
Ecology-based restoration in a changing world
How do we set goals for ecological restoration, and how can we assess its success? Insights from paleoecology, long-term studies, and ecological modeling all show ecological systems to be fundamentally dynamic, with trajectories of change that may not be easily predictable. Even without considering human effects on ecosystems, there is no simply definable, baseline; the ?natural state' is a moving target. The picture is complicated further by the persistent and increasing effects of anthropogenic climate change and the long history of human land-use. New scientific insights call for more sophisticated consideration of the goals and standards of restoration and, perhaps, of conservation of natural systems generally. What ecosystem attributes are to be restored, conserved, or preserved? How should these priorities be informed by ecological research? How can we assess the effectiveness of restoration?