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Great Plains Limnology Conference 2018

Hello, GPLCers!

The 2018 GPLC was a great success, with 71 registered attendees representing eight states and two countries. See images from the oral presentations and poster presentations.

Here are a few notes about the social mixer and the conference:

  • Reminder that food (but not alcohol) is covered within registration for the Friday night mixer at Johnny's Tavern. Festivities start at 6:30--come join in the fun!
  • Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are covered within registration for Saturday's conference at the KU Field Station.
  • Check-in/registration, food and posters will be held in the "New Barn"--see the red circled building in the aerial image below. It is a two-minute (outdoor) walk from the Armitage Center (blue circled building). Oral presentations will be in the Armitage Center.
  • Staff will be waiting near the entrance of the Field Station on Saturday morning to help guide conference attendees to parking locations, new barn and Armitage Center.

  • The forecast calls for weather the mid-50s and rain on Saturday. There will be outdoor walking between the Armitage Center and the new barn. Dress appropriately; we highly suggest wearing shoes you do not mind getting dirty, bringing an umbrella, and wearing clothes appropriate for a chilly/rainy day at the Field Station (sweatshirt or warm top, dark pants).
  • See the finalized program; we will also provide printed programs for conference attendees. 
  • Registration is $30 for non-students. If you are not a student and have not paid by check via U.S. mail, please bring checks to the check-in/registration desk on Saturday. 
  • If you are a PI with students, please make sure they have this information, as they may not have received updates if they are not on the GLPC listserve.
  • Gravel parking is limited at the KU Field Station. Please consider carpooling to the KU Field Station on Saturday if possible.

See you soon!

Ted Harris, Jerry deNoyelles and the Kansas Biological Survey crew

The University of Kansas is proud to host this year's conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the KU Field Station's Armitage Education Center, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044. The program is subject to minor changes; please check back.

Parking at the Armitage Center: You will pass through two gates (main gate and interior gate), passing a small house, before you reach the parking areas. Please park in open grassed areas and along gravel driveways near the Armitage Center. See the attached map showing parking areas.

Food: Food for the Johnny’s social mixer event on Friday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday, are covered within registration. Pizza, salad, chicken wings and appetizers will be served on Friday; fruit and bakery goods will be available for breakfast; sandwiches and wraps for lunch. Afternoon snack also will be provided.

Registration deadline: Sept. 14. If you are interested in late registration to attend or to present at the conference, please contact Ted Harris. Registration is $30 for non-students; checks should be made out to "Kansas Biological Survey." Please mail registration checks to:

Kansas Biological Survey
Attn.: Ted Harris
2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66047

Friday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Social mixer at Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence, 401 N. 2nd St., Lawrence, KS 66044.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7:45 a.m.:  Conference at the Armitage Education Center, 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044 (at the KU Field Station north of Lawrence; photo below). Map from Lawrence. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (depending on attendance). Saturday breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTERS: Thanks to everyone who plans to give an oral presentation or poster presentation. Below are the presentation guidelines.

  • Oral presentations will be 10-minute talks with two minutes of questions (12 minutes total).
  • Poster presentations must be limited to 3' X 4' poster boards; we will use these poster boards
  • A draft program will be posted on or before Sept. 28.

The plenary speaker will be David Hambright (right), Professor of Biology & Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The Armitage Center offers high-speed internet, and connectivity with mobile devices and laptops is excellent. The KU Field Station is home to one of the largest aquatic research facilities in North America, with nearly 100 experimental ponds, 80 large mesocosm tanks and Cross Reservoir, which serves as a model for small reservoirs. See our brochure on Aquatic research opportunities at the KU Field Station. A tour of the facility will be included in the conference schedule.

Visitors are invited to hike the Field Station's five-mile public trail system, which includes interpretive signage, restrooms and drinking fountains. See our nature trail system page for virtual tours and complete information.

Lawrence is home to many hotels, as well as a campground and overnight inns. The following have easy access to I-70.
KOA Campground (cabins available)
Lavender House
Comfort Inn
Days Inn

Econo Lodge
Hampton Inn
Marriott SpringHill Suites
TownPlace Suites
The Eldrige Hotel

Contact Ted Harris, Assistant Research Professor, Kansas Biological Survey, for more information.

See the conference web page (University of Missouri) from 2017.

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