Information for Presenters

Submitting Abstracts



  • All abstracts must be in English and submitted as a Word Document (*.docx).
  • Submit your Abstract to 
  • Please put the word ABSTRACT in the subject line.


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations must be emailed at the same time that you register for the meeting using the above link.

Abstracts for film festival presentations must be submitted separately using this link: 

An example of the abstract format is listed below.   The 2014 Benthic Ecology Meeting will accept abstracts for oral presentations on the following topics:  

  • Anthropogenic Impacts
  • Behavior
  • Biodiversity
  • “Brevity is the Soul of Wit”
  • Chemical Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • Conservation and Management

  • Ecosystem Functioning
  • Evolution
  • Fisheries
  • Genetic Connectivity and Metapopulations
  • Introduced Species
  • Life History Strategies
  • Macroecology

  • Physical Processes
  • Physiological and Molecular Ecology
  • Reef Ecology
  • Recruitment/Larval Ecology
  • Restoration
  • Symbiosis
  • Trophic Relationships

Please follow these instructions carefully:


All abstracts must be in English and submitted as a Word document (*.docx). Use Times Roman font throughout and 1” page margins

Only one abstract allowed per presenting author.

Title:  Use 12 point font in bold. Do not exceed 150 characters with spaces.

Authors: Use 12 point font. List author names separated by semicolons.

Underline presenting author:  If authors have different affiliations, use superscripts as shown in example.

Affiliations:  Use 10 point font. If authors have different affiliations, use superscripts. Please provide the email address of the presenting author.

Abstract text: Use 12 point font without indention. Do not exceed 200 words. Use metric units and italics for scientific names. Do not include illustrations, figures, or photos. Use single spacing throughout and left paragraph justification. 

Additional Information: Below the abstract text, please indicate the following:

(a) Presenting author’s status: “Faculty” for faculty, postdocs, and professionals; “Grad” for graduate students; “Undergrad” for undergraduate students.

(b) Presentation Preference: “Oral” or “Poster”

(c) Topic Area Preference: List two choices.

(d)  Presentation Recording and Evaluation:  As in past years, COSEE Florida's Presentation Boot Camp program will be providing opportunities for speakers to have their presentations recorded and evaluated using the Presentation Skills Protocol for Scientists (2PS).  There is no charge for the service and you do not need to be a Presentation Boot Camp graduate to participate. It is a great opportunity to document your presentation and get feedback on your presentation skills. Indicate (Yes or No) if you would like to participate in the Presentation Boot Camp 2PS Program! If you respond 'yes' you will receive more information about this.




Development and Validation of measures of Katsaridaphobia in Great White Sharks
Van Damme, J C. 1; Stallone, S1; Segal, S.2; Timberlake, J.2

1Dolphin-Hugger Research Center, Swamptown, SC 23576; 2Whatsamatta University, Kneedeepinit, NY 00122.


While Great White Sharks (Carcharadon carcharias) are highly efficient apex predators, the impacts of cockroaches swimming adjacent to these living fossils are unknown. In winter of 2012, we began a series of studies off the coast of Nantucket that were designed to explicitly test whether white shark migration routes could be altered in the presence of cockroaches. Fifty adult female sharks that were previously diagnosed with Katsaridaphobia were tracked and intercepted in coastal waters. Divers wearing at least 9 layers of latex gloves strategically placed 1-2 juvenile cockroaches in the path of the sharks. Over 80% of the sharks tested were oblivious to the insects. Interestingly, 20% moved off course by 0.005 degrees suggesting immense levels of Katsaridaphobia. These results have strong implications for climate change and future work will be focused on repeating this experiment under ocean acidification conditions.


Presenting author status: Grad
Preferred Presentation type: Oral


Oral Presentation Instructions

With the exception of the “brevity” session, oral presentations are limited to 12 minutes, with 3 minutes at the end for question.


Participants in the “Brevity” session are limited to 5 slides and 5 minutes, with 10 minutes for questions.


All presentation should be prepared using Microsoft Powerpoint (.pptx file). Only PC’s will be used during the conference. Sorry, no Macs will be available and you may NOT plug your Mac into the projector.


A speaker ready room will be available if you would like to preview your presentation and ensure that it is PC compatible. If you have embedded sound or video files, be sure to load those along with your presentation on a flash drive. Presenters should bring their presentation on a flash drive to the appropriate session room at least 3 hours prior to the start of the session in which your presentation will occur. 

Poster Presentation Instructions

Poster Set-up and Break-down:

Posters will be displayed in the Grand Banquet Hall at the University Center on Thursday. Presenters should put their posters up on Thursday between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Posters should be removed immediately following the poster session.


Poster Session Social:

The poster session and social will be held on Thursday March 20 from 6 pm to 10 pm in the Grand Banquet Hall at the University Center. Posters will be grouped by topic area into “poster cul-du-sacs” to encourage more interaction. Presenters are expected to remain near their posters during the poster session.


Instructions for Preparing Posters:  

Poster should be no larger than 44 inches tall by 38 inches wide.  T-Pin Fasteners to attach your posters to the displays will be provided.