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2016 National Marine Animal Health & Stranding Network Conference


North Atlantic Right Whale
(Eubalaena glacialis)
Photo: EcoHealth Alliance,
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The NOAA Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) is a proud sponsor of the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference which will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, from September 6-9, 2016.


Abstract submission opens February 15, 2016
Registration opens for networks  February 15, 2016
Registration opens for public April 01, 2016
Abstract submission deadline April 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance July 01, 2016
Registration closes August 01, 2016


The National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Response Program is pleased to invite your abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations for the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference. The key dates are mentioned in the deadlines table.

Abstracts should strictly adhere to the abstract guidelines (below) and should be submitted to by April 30, 2016. The first author listed on the abstract should be the presenting author and should be planning on attending the meeting. An individual can only be a first author on one abstract (oral or poster, but not both). More information about the types of presentations can be found below. Please direct inquires to  

Oral Presentations

  • Traditional oral presentations will have 10-15 minute time slots (exact length will be given to the author upon notification of abstract acceptance)
  • Speed talk presentations will have 3-5 minute time slots (exact length will be given to the author upon notification of abstract acceptance)

Poster Presentations

  • Presenters will be assigned locations to put up their posters., which will be organized by topic
  • Posters should be a maximum of 36 x 40 inches
  • Organizational and facility description posters should not be submitted as abstracts as there will be a separate opportunity to display those types of posters

Submission Options & Additional Information

Preferred presentation: Oral (10-15 min), Speed Talk (3-5 min), Poster, Any

  • Reviewers will recommend whether an abstract should be an oral, poster, or speed talk presentation
  • The abstract committee will decide based on the number of submissions whether speed talks will be assigned as well as the length of the oral presentations (10-15 min). Authors will be notified via email

Submission Instructions

  • All abstracts must be submitted by filling out the Abstract Submission Form and sent via email to Abstract submission will be open from February 1, 2016 through April 30, 2016
  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less. Author names, affiliations and titles do not count toward the word limit
  • All abstracts must be formatted with 1.0 inch margins all around, 11-pt font size
  • Abstracts must use Times New Roman font
  • Please be sure to indicate on the form the following information: 
    • oral, poster, or speed talk presentations; 
    • title; 
    • all author(s)' identifying information, including names and institutional affiliations;
    • category (see list of topics below); 
    • stranding region, and
    • appropriate taxonomic group(s) upon which your work is focused
  • Abstracts must be submitted as word documents by filling out the attached form
  • Please use the following naming convention for the file name:
    • AuthorLastNameAuthorFirstInitial_short title.docx (ex. SmithJ_ElNinoStrndings.doc)


To be determined soon


Thank you for your interest in the 2016 National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference. Please register for the conference via our Eventbrite page.

Please note that registration does not automatically guarantee you a room reservation at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC). Please call the NCTC Hotel Reservations at 877-706-6282 or 304-876-7900 to reserve your room. We encourage participants that will be staying for the whole conference to plan to arrive Monday, September 5th and check out Friday, September 9th (the conference will end at noon). If your travel plans do not permit you to leave Friday afternoon, you may check out on Saturday, September 10th instead. If you have any questions or concerns regarding registration please email  

Please check our website for information on the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP).


The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is located at:

100 Col Shepherd Rd. 
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

We recommend that participants fly into Dulles International Airport, which is approximately a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to NCTC. Additionally, there is scheduled complimentary shuttle services for conference participants from Dulles International Airport to NCTC Shuttles will leave Dulles for NCTC on Monday, September 5th at 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM and 10:30 PM. There is also a scheduled shuttle service leaving NCTC for Dulles at 1:30 PM (immediately after the end of the conference) and 3:30 PM on Friday, September 9th. Shuttle transportation is available to and from Dulles International Airport only, which is why flying into Dulles is recommended. If you would like to use this shuttle services, please contact MMHSRP.Conference.Help@noaa.go to reserve a spot.

Other airports in the area include Reagan National (at least a 2-hour drive, probably more depending upon traffic) and Baltimore/Washington International (approximately a 2-hour drive), but there is no transportation from these airports to NCTC other than a rental car or taxi, which would be expensive options.



Last Updated: July 2016