Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Pacific Northwest, and in the interest of protecting public health and safety, the NWSA Board has decided to cancel the in-person 2020 Annual Meeting in Eugene, March 24-27th. 

If you have registered for the meeting, registration payments will be refunded in total, via the payment method used.

We strongly encourage people to become familiar with the current CDC prevention guidance.

Letter from the NWSA President

Given the uncertainty in people’s plans related to the public health crisis associated with COVID-19, the decision has been made to completely cancel the NWSA 2020 Annual Meeting planned for March 24-27 in Eugene, Oregon.  We were looking forward to the first opportunity for our meeting being hosted by the University of Oregon.  Hopefully we will have that opportunity in a future year.

We considered options for a virtual meeting using video-conferencing or webinars.  However, given the uncertainty and other potential demands on people’s time associated with ongoing and planned changes in teleworking, remote education, school closures, child care needs, as well as illnesses, we judged it was not feasible to do so with the time we had available.

A program document will be posted on our website in a few weeks that will include all the abstracts submitted for poster or oral presentations.

We will consider hosting virtual activities in the future (perhaps some related to planned activities for this meeting). This could be beneficial in the long term as several people have suggested NWSA could host activities between the annual meetings and this year might be a test case for doing so.

We are disappointed we had to cancel the meeting as we lose the opportunity for in-person interactions that are at the heart of the Northwest Scientific Association but we hope all stay healthy and safe, and look forward to future interactions.  Thanks to all who planned to attend and participate in various ways.  And special thanks to Dan Gavin, our local program chair for the meeting, who invested a lot of effort in organizing the meeting but will not be able to see it play out as planned.

Connie Harrington
President, Northwest Scientific Association

Northwest Scientific Association Annual Meeting

at the University of Oregon, Eugene OR, March 24–27, 2020 

“Looking back to plan forward: The relevance of history for today's environmental challenges” 

2020 Annual Meeting Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Oral & Poster Presentations at the upcoming 


A Joint Meeting with Northwest Lichenologists 

University of Oregon, Eugene OR, March 24–27, 2020 

“Looking back to plan forward: The relevance of history for today's environmental challenges” 

Keynote Address by Dr. Patrick Bartlein, University of Oregon
“The Real Controls of the Temporal and Spatial Variations of Climate in the Pacific Northwest"

Banquet Presentation by Dr. Dennis Jenkins 
“Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves” 

Museum of Natural and Cultural History
The museum will be free to all meeting attendees, followed by banquet (note there will be a limited capacity of 60 people for the banquet).

Managing for First Foods: Returning Human Adapted Ecosystems to the Northwest Introduction to Manipulating and Visualizing Data in R                                     
Climate Change and Seed Sourcing  Bryophyte and Lichen Identification

 General Topics for Contributed Papers/Posters  
Anthropology & Archaeology           Forestry Plant Ecology 
Botany  Geology & Geomorphology  Range Management 
Climatology & Meterology Hydrology  Restoration Ecology
Ecology Lichenology & Bryology  Wildlife Biology 
Fire Ecology Natural Resources  other
Fisheries Paleontology   

Click here to submit an abstract
Deadline for abstract submission is March 2. Meeting registration is open.

2020 Tentative Program

Questions: Contact program chair Daniel Gavin (Department of Geography, University of Oregon)

Click on the flyer below to view the .pdf version:

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