The University of Illinois at Springfieldís Emiquon Field Station, in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy and Dickson Mounds Museum, is organizing the second annual Emiquon Science meeting. This event will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at the Dickson Mounds Museum, from 8:30 am until 5 pm. A lunch buffet will be served, compliments of The Nature Conservancy and UISís Emiquon Field Station.


The internationally respected wetland ecologist Bill Mitsch has agreed to be our keynote speaker. Currently at The Ohio State University, Dr. Mitsch has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes including the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wetland Scientists, the 2005 Theodore M. Sperry Award from the Society for Ecological Restoration International, and the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize. He is the long-time editor-in-chief of Ecological Engineering - The Journal of Ecotechnology, and has done work in Botswana, Iraq, Costa Rica, Estonia, Spain and Japan.


Submissions for presentations at the symposium are invited from all scientists and managers doing or planning on doing research relevant to Emiquon Preserve restoration and ecology. Submissions from researchers who have done or are doing work at Emiquon are particularly encouraged; other contributions are welcome and will be considered subject to time constraints of the conference.


There will be two kinds of presentations at the meeting: oral presentations and poster presentations. The number of oral presentations is limited. Authors wishing to present should submit an abstract using the online registration form described below. The abstracts deadline is February 12th, with notifications to authors by February 19th.


Space for attendees is limited to 130, so we encourage interested contributors and students to register as soon as possible. Please register (and submit abstracts) at this Website: https://illinois.edu/survey/Secure?id=8998944. We look forward to seeing you at Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, March 12th.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Mike Lemke, Emiquon Field Station Director, at lemke.michael@uis.edu with any questions.