Guidelines to Abstract Preparation

Attach a 300 word (max) abstract, following the instructions below:

Use Microsoft Word, Use 12 pt. Times New Roman, Line spacing: 1.5 lines; Spacing: 0pt, Make margins 2cm on both sides

Include:

–    Preferred type of Presentation (i.e., oral or poster)

–    Presentation Title

–    Authors’ Names indicating the email address of the presenting author

–    Author’s affiliation and address

A sample abstract is presented below.

SAMPLE ABSTRACT

Preferred type of presentation: Oral presentation

Presentation Title: Bear – vehicle collisions: monitoring the effects of a new source of mortality in an endangered population of brown bears in Greece

Abstract authors: Karamanlidis Alexandros A1 (email: akaramanlidis@gmail.com), J. Beecham2, D. Bousbouras1, M. de Gabriel Hernando1, K. Grivas1, L. Krambokoukis1, N. Panagiotopoulos1, G. Papakostas1 and L. Georgiadis1

Authors’ affiliation and address:

1 ARCTUROS, Roggoti Str. 3, 54625 Thessaloniki, GREECE

2 Beringia South, 2723 N. Lakeharbor Lane, Boise, ID 83703, USA

Abstract: Implementing effective conservation measures for endangered species requires the thorough understanding of conservation threats. Roads can have substantial impacts on bear populations either through direct mortality or through the modification of behavior and genetic isolation. In Greece, brown bears are considered endangered and human pressures on the species currently include direct mortality from collisions with vehicles and habitat destruction and fragmentation through the expansion of the road network. Using three different methodological approaches the environmental NGO ARCTUROS initiated in 2002 efforts to monitor the effects of this new threat to the species in the country. Based on a nationwide information system all bear – vehicle collisions in the country were registered and accident sites inspected and environmental variables recorded. At the three major highways within the range of the species (i.e. “Egnatia”, “E65” and “Siatista – Krystallopigi” highways) bears were fitted with satellite collars and habitat use and activity patterns were monitored. Finally, genetic monitoring of the species was carried out throughout the country in order to identify patterns of genetic diversity and population structure.

From 2003 – 2010, 48 bear – vehicle collisions were recorded in the country with a high percentage of them occurring in the area of the three major highways, where special mitigation measures have been taken. In these three areas, 16 bears were fitted with collars and their movements monitored; varying behavioral patterns were distinguished between different age and sex classes and monitoring areas. At the same time, more than 300 bears in two sub-groups were identified in the country; the “Siatista – Krystallopigi” highway appears to create a barrier for genetic dispersal to bears in the region.

We present management actions that have been taken in order to mitigate negative interactions (i.e. placement of road signs) and discuss improvements to the current mitigation measures.

–    Sent on registration procedure at the meeting contact e-mails

– Αποστολή κατά την εγγραφή στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση: iene2011@arcturos.gr & mstyliadou@arcturos.gr

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