Call for Papers

You are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the ACTWS Annual Meeting.  Presentation on all aspects of wildlife are welcome – from plants and animals to ecosystems, including management, research, monitoring, species biology, and new techniques.

Submissions are now closed.  Thank you for your strong response!

Student Presentation Awards

Presentation Type First Place Second Place Third Place
Graduate Paper $1500  $200 $100
Graduate Poster $250 $150 $100
Undergraduate Paper or Poster $250 $150 $100
The award for best graduate student presentation will support travel to present at the Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society annual meeting.


We are offering thousands in scholarships, including a $1500 25th Anniversary scholarship. See our Scholarships page for details.

Travel Grants

Travel grants for students are also available: $1000 for groups of 5 or more, and 16 x $300 individual travel grants.  See our Scholarships page for details and submit your travel grant application with your abstract.

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Workshops – Friday, March 20


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM:  How to give a great presentation

Workshop with Lisa Wilkinson

This workshop is intended for students and anyone else looking to improve their presentation skills. The workshop will cover the ‘dos and don’ts’ of giving presentations, so that speakers can engage their audiences while conveying their key messages. The focus will be on scientific presentations, with some discussion about presentations for the general public.

BioLisa Wilkinson is a Species at Risk Biologist with ESRD, and is involved with management and recovery of a variety of species. Lisa is also the Provincial Bat Specialist, and develops and delivers outreach programs.


4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Social Media for Scientists

Workshop with Niki Wilson

Is your science reaching beyond the pages of peer-reviewed journals and into public discourse? This workshop explores the benefits of social media, and how to use it.

BioNiki Wilson is a multi-media science communicator. She has written for the Science Media Centre of Canada, BioScience, Natural History, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, Pollution Probe’s Energy Exchange Magazine, the Wildland’s Advocate, Earth Touch News Network (South Africa) and the Jasper Fitzhugh. Clients, past and present, include the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Upper Bow Basin Cumulative Effects Study, Foothills Research Institute, Pearson Publishing Canada, the Pembina Institute, and Parks Canada, with whom she’s collaborated on research, writing, exhibits and media. She’s currently working as a writer and science adviser on a documentary film, and as host and science content adviser for the Dark Sky Festival in Jasper National Park.

Keynote Speaker: Ed Struzik

Ed Struzik is a book author, regular contributing writer for Yale Environment 360, and a fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy in Kingston, Ontario. His articles, essays, research reports and photographs have appeared in dozens of magazines, journals, and university publications around the world, including Foreign Policy Review (New York), Policy Options (Institute for Research on Public Policy), World Policy Institute (New York), Ensia (Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota), Conservation Biology, Canadian Geographic, International Wildlife, Geo (Russia), and the Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Ed has been the recipient of the Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy, the Michener Deacon Fellowship in Public Policy, the Knight Science Fellowship at Harvard and MIT, the Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism, and the Sir Sandford Fleming Medal, awarded by the Royal Canadian Institute, Canada’s oldest scientific society, for outstanding contributions to the understanding of science. In 2008, Ed was runner up to a team from the New York Times for the $75,000 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Journalism.

His latest books are Future Arctic, published this month by Island Press in Washington D.C. and Arctic Icons, How the Town of Churchill Learned to Live with Polar Bears, which was published in October 2014 by Fitzhenry and Whiteside. His next book, tentatively titled, The Art of Loving Wolves, is a look at how artists and scientists have shaped our view of the carnivore.


Plenary Session:  Conservation Advocacy

Saturday, March 21: 9am – 12pm

Conservation Advocacy: Turning Research into Real Change

Moderator: Robin Gutsell – Introduction (8:50 – 9:00 am)1. Dr. Mark Boyce (9:00 – 9:20 am), Professor, U of Alberta2. Cheryl Bradley (9:20 – 9.40 am) Professional Biologist and Environmental Advocate, Lethbridge 3. Dr. Richard Schneider (9:40 – 10.00 am)Coffee/ Tea Break (10:00 – 10:20 am)4. Niki Wilson (10:20 – 10:40 am), Journalist (Jasper)5. Colette Derworiz (10:40 – 11:00 am). Journalist (Calgary Herald)