MASNA Scientific Poster Session
Sponsored by WAMAS, CORAL, and EcoTech Marine
Presenting the 2nd Annual MASNA Scientific Poster Session at MACNA 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The MASNA Scientific Poster Session allows for advanced aquarists, undergraduates, graduate students, and scientists to submit scientific posters on their current or past marine aquarium related research projects. This includes submissions from hobbyists that would be seen as advanced aquarists.
Poster presenters will be asked to stand by their posters for one of two 1.5 hours periods over Friday and Saturday, which would give an opportunity for MACNA 2017 attendees to get up close and personal with scientists and fellow hobbyists, and discuss aquarium related science.
Posters will be on display from 9am-6pm either on Friday, September 9th, or Saturday, September 10th. Presenting authors shall be present, next to their poster, for the 1.5 hours on the day their poster is on display.
Posters will be judged by a committee consisting of general hobbyists, and scientists. Prizes will be awarded for posters in each of the three following categories: general hobbyists, undergraduate students, and graduate students.
Poster abstract submission will be open from April # – July #, 2017.
Accepted posters will need to have at least one author present at MACNA 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana, from August 25 – 27. Also, each poster needs its own author in attendance at MACNA. Authors may not solely represent multiple posters. Accepted posters do not come with admission to MACNA, and all attending authors will need to have MACNA Full Conference Passes so that they can be present at the Saturday night banquet.
More information about MACNA 2017 and passes can be found here: MACNA.org
MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium societies and individual hobbyists from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.
MASNA’s goals are to:
- Educate our members with online and published material, the MACNA conference, and other sanctioned events
- Assist in forming and promoting the growth of clubs within the hobby while ensuring a sustainable future for the marine environment
- Support the efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting marine organisms through education, assistance and encouragement
- Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support captive breeding/propagation efforts
MASNA operates from a central Board of Directors elected each year by the delegates from the member societies at the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America, (MACNA).
The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is the oldest marine aquarium conference in North America. MACNA is held annually, and typically sees over 3,000 attendees.
MACNA is a combination of several events.
MACNA is an educational symposium where people can attend lectures from industry leaders, conservationists, authors, and scientists.
MACNA is a trade show, where hobbyists can buy the hottest new corals and see new cutting edge equipment. Attendees can also give their feedback to manufacturers so manufacturers can continue to bring us the innovations that continue to advance our industry.
Lastly, MACNA is a social event. Many speakers, vendors, and hobbyists come to socialize with one another. It gives all of us an opportunity to put faces with names they might see on a message board, email, or even YouTube.
MACNA 2016 Poster Session Information
November 15, 2016 update:
The posters presented at MACNA 2016 are available for download.
P004: The Fast-Growth Protocol: Accelerating Coral Growth for Reef Restoration in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Download here.
P005: A new method for testing Praziquantel in seawater. Download here.
P006: Marine Ornamental Aquaculture in the Northeast US: The state of the Industry. Download here.
P007: Aquaculturing the next generation marine aquarists. Download here.
P008: Recent Marine Ornamental Finfish Aquaculture Efforts in Hawaii. Download here.
P009: Mapping the population diversity of the lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus through citizen science. Download here.
P012: The effects of tank type on the spawning behavior of the cleaner wrasse Labroides dimidiatus. Download here.
P014: ON DRUGS: The Sedative Effects of Clove Oil on Post-metamorphose Juvenile Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris. Download here.
P015: The Aquarium Hobby: Science as Leisure. Download here.
August 19, 2016 update:
The MASNA Scientific Poster Session Abstract titles and authors have been announced.
Poster Application Submission
- Your abstract must contain the specific goals of the study, the methods used, a summary of the results, and a conclusion. Do not submit an abstract for planned work. The abstract must entail data analyses and results. It is not satisfactory to say, “The results will be discussed.”
- The abstract title should clearly define the work discussed.
- You will be asked to choose an appropriate topic for your abstract, which will be used for session planning.
- The abstract may contain up to two paragraphs, and cannot contain more than 500 words. The 500 word limit does not include the title, author or affiliation information.
- Please do not enter the abstract title, author names, or affiliations in all uppercase or all lowercase letters. Fixing these creates extra work during the publishing process. Sentence capitalization should be used for entering your abstract title.
- Limit your use of acronyms and initialisms. Please spell out the entire name on the first use, and put the acronym or initialism in brackets.
- All abstracts will be reviewed by the poster session committee. Abstracts will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks after the submission deadline.
- For your application, please prepare the personal information of all authors, your abstract, title, keywords, abstract topic, objectives, significance, study population, methodology, results, and conclusion.
Items you will need ready for your application
- Presenter’s information (Name, Address, Phone Number, Email)
- Poster Information
- Final poster title
- Keywords and Abstract Topic (listed below)
- Objectives of the study
- Details of the population being studied
- Co-Author Information
- Digital Signature
- Most posters are created in software like Microsoft Powerpoint or Adobe Illustrator. We have provided a Powerpoint Template (HERE) as a starting guide to help you create your poster. This is not a “plug & play” template where you just paste your text and images into it. It is merely a starting point; use your creative freedom to make an effective and visually appealing poster. There are plenty of resources both online and offline for helping you design your poster. A simple internet search will yield plenty of viable guides. Below, we provide guidelines for what is required (and suggested) for your MASNA Poster.
- Posters shall be 4 feet wide × 3 feet high and will be posted on a free-standing bulletin board. Remember that when you make the poster in the digital software, make sure the dimensions of the document 4’ × 3’ (48” × 36”). Do not make the mistake of making it small (e.g. letter size) and printing it large. Chances are, it will become very pixelated if you do.
- Poster presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. The materials should be clearly readable from a distance of three feet (primary text font must be 20 points or larger, and headings font must be at least 30 points).
- MASNA Recommends
- Title: 60 pts or higher (if you have room go up to 85 pt)
- Author(s) & Institution(s): 48 pt
- Headers: 60 pt
- Body Text: 28 pt
- Figure & table captions: 18 pt
- References: 16 pt
- Suggested segments are
- Authors and their Affiliated Institution(s)
- Funding Attributions (If applicable)
- Posters are assigned a session number and bulletin board number and are organized by keyword when possible. No audio visual equipment can be used.
- First-time submitters are encouraged to seek feedback from professors or other mentors who are able to provide guidance regarding their poster.
- Aesthetics: Color choice and contrast are very important parts of poster design. There are websites out there that can help you pick a color scheme from a starting color that you like (Example color schemer) or from an image that you intend to use (here). If your text color is too light, it will be hard to read on a white or light background. The same is true for dark texts and dark backgrounds. Whatever palette you choose, make sure that your text and background color have enough contrast (here).
Example Scientific Poster (Click to open)
- Here is the information to the closest FedEx to the MACNA 2017 location
Poster Judging Criteria
Presenters will be judged on:
- Whether or not the introduction clearly orients the reader to the specific goals of the project, and if there is sound justification for the project.
- Whether or not goals, methods, results, and discussion are scientifically sound.
- Were the intended goals and objectives met?
- Is the information presented accurate?
- The readability, layout, flow, and general aesthetics of the poster.
- The balance of text, figures, and negative space.
- Their ability to effectively explain their research to the MACNA attendees.
Topics for posters
Potential Abstract Topics:
- Marine Ornamental Vertebrate Breeding
- Pomacentridae Breeding
- Acanthuridae Breeding
- Pomacanthidae Breeding
- Marine Ornamental Invertebrate Sexual Reproduction
- Marine Ornamental Invertebrate Asexual Reproduction
- Ocean Acidification
- Climate Change
- Invasive Species Mitigation
- Lionfish in the Atlantic / Caribbean
- Invasive Macro Algae Mitigation
- Invasive Sun Coral (Tubastraea) Mitigation
- Zoonotic Diseases
- Cyanide Detection
- Banggai Cardinalfish
- Micro Algae
- Marine Aquarium Fisheries / Trade
- Species Hybridization
- Low Nutrient System
- Marine Aquarium Technology / Hardware Innovations
- Nitrogen Cycle
- Trace Nutrient Importance
- Marine Aquarium Chemistry
The abstract submission period is currently closed.
The MASNA Scientific Poster Session for MACNA 2017 is made possible by our generous sponsors WAMAS, CORAL, and EcoTech Marine.