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Deadline: June 3, 2024

Presentation Topics: This year’s theme further recognizes the need for the diverse perspectives needed to confront the multiple challenges in a dynamically changing environment such as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. To cultivate this more holistic approach for conservation, we invite talks and sessions that encompass a wide variety of disciplines; from the use of traditional ecological knowledge, identifying the contaminants within and around the watershed, through identifying the needs of a variety of taxa, or ways to mitigate climate change impacts.

This list is not exhaustive, and we encourage creativity and diversity. We also encourage talks about science that extends beyond the Bay-Delta, including those that compare Bay-Delta systems and processes to those in other areas of the globe or that include research or knowledge about the Bay-Delta ecosystem’s upper watershed. 


Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Co-Production of Science - Collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, approaches, or concepts aimed towards increasing equity and diversity in the science and management of the Bay-Delta and its watershed, including  projects that involve co-production of science or co-management of resources with tribes, environmental justice organizations, community members, and other stakeholders.  


Emerging Technologies – Invention, development, or

research of new technology and analytical tools relevant

to the management of the Bay-Delta and its watershed.

Fish Biology, Ecology, and Protection – Science that

addresses life history, behavior, and population structure

of Bay-Delta fishes and the factors that affect their

distribution and abundance. 

Food Webs – Research that provides new insights into ecological processes governing and connecting food webs in the Bay-Delta, including interactions between phytoplankton and zooplankton or effects of contaminants, sediments, nutrients, species invasions, and climate on food web connections.   


Applied Science and Adaptive Management – Work or processes to develop effective science-based management strategies for the Bay-Delta system, such as decision-support tools for structured decision making.


Flow and Physical Processes – Science that improves the understanding of how physical processes such as hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and geomorphology may affect the Bay-Delta system.


Social Sciences and Human Dimensions – Research that addresses human dimensions of actions and strategies implemented in the Bay-Delta system. Of interest is work that explores the nexus of social and natural sciences to understand environmental issues. 


Species and Communities – Work that describes or furthers our understanding of any key species and/or ecological communities within the Bay-Delta and its watershed. 


Water and Sediment Quality – Research on key environmental and drinking water quality constituents, associated biogeochemical processes, and their ecological and public health effects within the Bay-Delta and its upstream watersheds. 


Contaminants - Science that advances understanding and management of contaminants and their associated ecological effects in the Bay-Delta watershed. 


Harmful Algal Blooms – Studies focusing on Harmful Algal Blooms

and their ecological drivers in the Bay-Delta watershed, including their

associated ecological and public health effects.

More Than Just Fish - Work or studies in the Bay-Delta watershed that

broaden our understanding of species and taxa of interest beyond fish.

Proposal Submissions / Abstract Collection
The abstract submission period will open April 2024 via an online

collection link on  There is a 300-word limit on

the abstract text. Please fill in all the blanks on the form, including selection of

the appropriate theme or special session, any special projection equipment

needs, and your preference for an oral or poster presentation.

Depending on the number and content of abstracts submitted, the Program

Team may move some of the requested oral presentations into the poster session. Incomplete or poorly written abstracts and those that are not relevant to Bay-Delta issues will not be accepted.

Abstract content: A complete abstract should include the following components- 

  • Problem statement: What problem are you trying to solve and why?

  • Approach: How did you go about solving or making progress on the problem? 

  • Results: What are your main findings? 


Conclusions/Relevance: What are the scientific and management implications of your findings, including the relevance of your findings to Bay-Delta management? What insights do your findings provide towards ecosystem sustainability in the near and long-term futures? Authors are strongly encouraged to include this relevance statement in the abstract.


Proposal Schedule
Abstract submission open – April 2024
Submission deadline – June 3, 2024
Presenters notified – June 24, 2024

Other Relevant Information
Talk and poster submissions may consider integrating multiple and alternative perspectives while still presenting cogent technical material through narrative. As the Planning Team evaluates proposals, we will consider the degree to which submissions draw attention to multiple ways of integrating or interpreting data, the use of alternative methods and approaches to arrive at study conclusions, and the identification of cases where multiple viewpoints, perspectives, or stakeholder input has resulted in more robust, resilient, or defensible science. We will feature inclusivity and breadth in our science community where possible when selecting conference presentations.

In addition to general sessions and poster topics, which will be based on the abstracts received, conference participants may propose special oral sessions or poster clusters on topics of particular importance to the Bay-Delta, especially topics that address diversity. All abstracts for oral sessions (special and general) and posters (including clusters) are due June 3, 2024.


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