How To Submit KOS Paper Abstracts

The KOS fall meeting traditionally features papers given by scientists, students and birders.

To submit an abstract: Include the title of the presentation, the list of authors (use an asterisk to indicate the speaker), the institutional affiliation of the authors (if applicable), and a brief abstract of up to 250 words. Abstracts will be printed in the KOS meeting program. When you submit the abstract, please provide four additional pieces of information:
    1) the multimedia equipment you will need;
    2) papers will be 15 min, including questions. If you need a shorter or longer time slot, please let Chuck Otte know;
    3) whether you are eligible and would like to be considered for a student presentation award;
    4) stage of program (undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate) if you are eligible for a student presentation award.
Paper abstracts are due by October 1; please send in MS Word to Chuck Otte at In the subject
line of the e-mail, please indicate the meeting and give your surname: "KOS 2010: Jones."

Example abstract: Interspecific competition with wildcats limits populations of jay-hawks in northeast Kansas.
Willie T. Wildcat (*), Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
Ongoing declines in autumn populations of jay-hawks (Cyanorufa chalkii) are a topic of conservation concern in Kansas. To assess the role of interspecific competition with wildcats (Felis purpula) as a factor contributing to observed population trends, I conducted three-hour observation bouts of captive animals in large enclosed arenas. In competition trials, jay-hawks demonstrated a strong aversion to environments saturated with royal purple. Thus, interspecific competition from wild felids may be a limiting factor that controls foraging and reproductive success of jay-hawk populations in the state of Kansas.  Effective conservation strategies for jay-hawks should include keeping cats indoors.

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