How to Submit KOS Paper Abstracts


The KOS fall meeting traditionally features papers given by scientists, students, and birders.  The Fall 2013 Meeting will be held at Washburn University in Topeka, September 20 - 22, 2013. Paper presentations are on Saturday, September 21.


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 Matt Gearheart 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 September 14; please send in MS Word to Matt Gearheart at In the subject line of the e-mail, please indicate the meeting and give your surname: "KOS 2013: 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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