15th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Submit an Abstract

NOTE: Abstract submission has been extended to Monday, 3/9/2020.


Abstract submission for the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is dedicated to research and resource challenges and successes within the GYE.  This year the conference will focus on the geosciences.  Preparations are already underway for the conference in 2022 highlighting the 150th birthday of Yellowstone National Park and science’s role in its protection and management.  Since 1991, this conference has become the foremost scientific venue for researchers, conservation groups, and management partners with a shared interest in understanding the resources of the region.

Focus on the Geosciences – Presentations and posters will draw from the fields of volcanology, geology, geobiology, hydrogeology, geohazards, glacial geology, and geomorphology. The conference brings together scientists, students, and academics to build relationships and protect treasured lands for future generations. A limited number of student scholarships are available. Total participants will not exceed 120, so we encourage you to register early.

The program committee invites abstracts concerning these potential topics relevant to the GYE:

  1. Geology

  2. Geobiology

  3. Hydrogeology

  4. Geohazards

  5. Glacial geology

  6. Geomorphology

  7. Volcanology


Abstracts, including footnotes, must be 400 words or less. The program chairperson and the editors reserve the right to edit abstracts, if necessary, for clarity, grammar, style, and length. Abstract titles must be limited to ten words or less. Titles exceeding the limit will be edited. Keep footnotes to a minimum; if needed, they should pertain only to published works, such as journal articles, studies, etc. Do not reference unpublished materials or past presentations for which papers are not easily obtained.

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length. We will provide a projector, screen, and laptop. Posters will be displayed at the conference site. A limit of 40 presentations and 15 posters will be accepted. Both posters and papers will be evaluated on the following criteria.

  1. Theme – How well does your abstract complement the conference’s Geosciences theme?

  2. Originality – Abstracts containing significant new findings or presenting new approaches will be given higher scores than those that describe updates, modifications to older findings, or routine applications of well-established methods.

  3. Quality – Abstracts should reflect well thought-out studies incorporating high standards including robust research methods, application of the best available science and theory, and/or add to an improved understanding of the GYE through lessons learned.

  4. Importance – Abstracts should address the importance of the topic in terms of advancing our understanding of the geosciences, conservation, communication tools, and management challenges of the GYE.

  5. Presentation – A brief, clearly written, and engaging abstract should follow a logical order, be easy to understand, and inspire the reviewer to want to know more.


Student Scholarships

A limited number of student scholarships will be available for conference participants presenting either a paper or poster. The scholarships will assist with registration and housing. If you are a presenting student (either graduate or undergraduate) and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please indicate your interest when you submit an abstract. You will receive an email with scholarship application information if you are selected as a presenter. Only presenters are eligible for student scholarships, not co-authors. The Conference Committee will select scholarships based on the quality of the abstract.

Diversity Student Scholarships

Diversity in the sciences is an important component to ensure that all voices and perspectives are represented. This year’s conference will offer two Diversity Student Scholarships for participating (i.e. giving a poster or presentation) or non-participating students who are interested in attending the conference. These scholarships will assist with registration and lodging expenses.  To qualify for a Diversity Scholarship a student must:

  • Be a part of a diverse community (based on race, religion, color, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and/or geographic origin)

  • Demonstrate financial need

  • Be enrolled as a full or part-time student at an accredited college or university in the United States

If you are interested in applying for a diversity scholarship, please contact us at yell_conference@nps.gov.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has been extended to Monday, 3/9/2020. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by March 16, 2020. 

Please send your full name, institution, course of study (if a student), and contact information along with your abstract to: yell_science@nps.gov.  Please indicate that this is an ABSTRACT SUBMISSION in the subject line of your email.