Invasive Species Conference Presenters

Since 1992, the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) hosts an annual conference connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America.

Upload presentations at the registration table

Registration Table


Registration will be in the Palms Garden Foyer of the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. The registration desk will be open from 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday; 7:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday; and 7:00 – 10:00 am Thursday.


Presenters may upload their presentations up until the day before their assigned session. Click here to upload your presentation.

The Call for Abstracts is Open

Abstracts for the conference are due May 15th by 11:59 p.m. CST. 

The 2023 North American Invasive Species Management Association’s annual conference co-hosted with the Nebraska Invasive Species Council will be broad in geographic scope, covering challenges and successes that impact and can influence all of North America including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals, insects, pests, and pathogens.

The conference’s purpose is to improve management, prevention, control and mitigation of invasive species. It is geared toward a broad audience to foster connecting science, policy, management, and outreach efforts. Attendees will include land managers, agriculture and natural resource professionals, researchers, students, foresters, environmental consultants, private landowners, conservation group leaders, and non-governmental organizations. 

All prospective presenters (including regular and special sessions) must submit abstracts by the abstract deadline, May 15th by 11:59 p.m. CST. We are not offering a Zoom option at this time.

Conference sessions will be organized around themes and topics below. Please choose the best option that describes your presentation from the list of themes here. Use the topic areas under the themes as examples of presentation topic areas.

To better organize our sessions please choose the best option that describes your presentation from the list of themes here. Use the topic areas under the themes as examples of presentation topic areas.

Conference Presentation Themes

The topics listed under each theme below are intended to be ideas and examples and are not comprehensive. Authors are invited to submit presentations on topics not listed here if they are relevant to invasive species concerns in North America as a whole.

  • Animal Invasive Species – Freshwater and Marine
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring, Detection and Management
  • Biocontrol
  • Education, Outreach, and Communications
  • Emerging Issues
  • Forest Health
  • Interdisciplinary Topics
  • Invasive Plant Control Techniques, Monitoring, Detection and Management
  • Mapping, Surveying and Monitoring
  • Novel Approaches and Technology
  • Policy, Legislation and Economics
  • Risk assessment, impact assessment, and horizon scanning
  • Prevention
  • Social and Human Dimensions of Invasive Species
  • Other

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts may be submitted for oral presentations or posters. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Authors should carefully edit their abstracts before submission. The conference will not be responsible for editing abstracts. Submit abstracts ready for publication following the guidelines below. Abstracts exceeding the word count will be sent back to the author to edit to 250 words. 

Title: Submit the title exactly as it will appear in the program.

Authors: If there are more than three authors, list remaining authors, including affiliation, in the “Additional Authors” field. If there are multiple authors, please place an asterisk (*) after the name of the presenter. Including full contact information: affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. 

Body of Abstract: Body of abstract should be a single paragraph and provide a brief description of the project, methods, results, and conclusions as appropriate to the topic.

  • Names of Organisms: All organisms must be listed first by their common name with scientific names in parentheses. Subsequent references can be by common name.
  • Names and application rates of pesticides: When referring to pesticides, initial reference should be to their active ingredients (e.g., in Herbicide Handbook, Weed Science Society of America). Trade names can be used subsequently. Rates and units of measurement should be clear.
  • Numbers and units: Use either Imperial or metric units, but do not mix them.

Biographical sketch:
Please provide a brief biographical sketch (bio) of NO MORE than 150 words that outlines the presenter’s expertise relative to the presentation. Bios will be provided to conference attendees. Bios exceeding the word count will be cut to 150.

Guidelines for Presentations:

Oral Presentations 

Oral presentations will be 15 minutes long unless otherwise instructed by conference organizers. Upon acceptance of abstracts, authors will be notified of the duration of their presentation.  Presenters will be instructed on how to submit their presentation files before the conference. Presentation files will be deleted from all computers immediately after the conference and will not be shared without author permission.

Poster Presentations

Accepted poster presentations do not have a required poster size. Standard size suggestions are 48 in. wide x 27 in. tall or 64 in. wide x 36 in. Set up date and time will be released closer to the event. Pins and display boards will be provided. All poster presenters are encouraged to attend the Poster Reception on October 17th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. to present their work to the conference attendees. 

For questions on abstract submission or presentation guidelines: 


Presenters of accepted abstracts will be required to register for the conference and will be given a reduced registration rate for the conference.