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Annual Meeting

Sacramento, California, USA
May 21-26, 2016

Website: http://sfsannualmeeting.org/archive/2016/


Running on Empty: Increasing Demands on Freshwater Resources in the Face of a Changing Climate

In many regions of the developed and developing world, large human populations live in arid environments that out of necessity depend on scarce or imported water. This is certainly true in California and the Western US where a complex infrastructure of dams, canals, and groundwater extraction provide freshwater for some of the world's most productive farms and some of the world's most opulent living conditions. Compounding this insatiable demand for freshwater is the effects that variable environmental conditions of a warming climate, changing precipitation, and increasing frequency and severity of droughts have on over-taxed water supplies.

While water resource managers contemplate these issues, the farms and cities keep consuming, despite dwindling supplies. The 2016 meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science will be held in Sacramento California at a time when the State is experiencing the worst drought in its modern history. Although droughts are not uncommon in the Western US and other semi-arid regions of the world, expanding human populations have accelerated the loss of freshwater resources and the impacts to aquatic organisms. The theme of the 2016 meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science will focus on declining freshwater availability and explore issues of freshwater depletion, the consequences for freshwater ecosystems, and potential solutions.

Key Dates

  • Special Session Call for Papers
    June 8 - October 16, 2015
  • Advance Registration Opens
    October 31 - March 11, 2016
  • Special Session Selection
    October 19 - November 6, 2015
  • Abstract System Opens
    November 9 - January 29, 2016
  • Special Session Review Period
    February 1-12, 2016
  • Abstract Selection - Schedule Committee Meets
    February 16-18, 2016
  • Presenters Notified
    March 7-9, 2016
  • Regular Registration Opens
    March 12-20, 2016
  • Student Volunteer Scheduling
    April 4, 2016
  • Program Guide Deadline
    April 15, 2016
  • Hotel Room Block Deadline
    April 29, 2016


What's New
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 27: Animal Migrations andnd Freshwater Nutrient Subsidies , Amanda Subalusky more
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 26: Carbon Fates, Dr. Erin Hotchkiss more
  • Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Scientific Societies? Read the President's Environment more
  • SFS Student Presentation Awards! more
  • In the drift just fell into your sampler! The Spring 2015 Newsletter is here! more
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 14: Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World, Dr. Jill Welter more
  • The President's Environment: What's New? more
  • 4th International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia and 2nd Youth Freshwater Ecology School August 19-25, 2018

  • 2018 Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA: 28-30 March 2018.


  • The deadline to submit proposals for AQUATROP Special Sessions or Symposiums is now November 17, 2017

  • SFS joins CASS in condemning silencing of EPA scientists

  • Andy Leidolf appointed as SFS Executive Director



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