The 2023 Annual Meeting will be held jointly with the Northwest Scientific Association and the Northwest Lichenologists.

21-24 March in Bellingham, WA at Western Washington University (Buildings AW and AH; parking in 19G)

View the initial conference announcement

View the Call for Abstracts and goto the online submission form

Conference Registration

Travel Information

One page conference flyer (please download and circulate!)

Student awards news

  • General awards for student posters in 10 categories (up to $150)
  • AAAS-PD student poster awards (up to $1000)
  • Northwest Lichenologist awards for student lichen papers/posters (up to 6x$100)
  • Program Overview

      Tuesday – March 21 - at the Ferry Terminal on Puget Sound
    • NWSA Board Meeting (4:00-6:00)
    • Evening Social (6:00-9:00)
      Wednesday – March 22 At Academic Instruction Center West at Western WA University
    • Morning welcome (8:30AM)  and morning/afternoon Plenary speakers (Arntzen Hall auditorium)
    •  Morning and afternoon Special Sessions, Workshops, Concurrent Contributed/Invited Oral Sessions.  (Academic Instruction Center West)
    • Late Afternoon (4:00-6:00) poster session (judging at this time as well), Social, and Poetry Competition (Academic Instruction Center West)
      Friday – March 24: Field Trips
    • Skagit River History and Hydropower.   The upper Skagit River watershed is home to three dams that make up the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project operated by Seattle City Light. On this bus tour, you will learn about the Skagit River’s geologic and natural history, how these dams were built, how they are currently operated, and how they are managed in an ecosystem approach to support water management, fish and wildlife, cultural resources, and recreation. Limited to 20 people. Trip fee $70 for the bus coach. Trip leaders: Ronda Strauch (SCL) and Michael Aronowitz (SCL).
    • Estuaries: Science and Resource Management - This field trip will tour the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Skagit Delta to learn how research informs natural and cultural resource management. The Reserve encompasses 12,000 acres of estuarine and upland habitat and hosts a wide range of research across the marine-terrestrial boundary. The trip will also stop at two field sites and the Reserve lab and visitor center to hear from scientists, educators, and resource managers about research applied to address coastal ecology, geomorphology, climate change impacts, tidal and upland habitat restoration, invasive species management, coastal infrastructure resilience, land-use practices, and more. There is no trip fee. You provide your own transportation. Trip leaders: Eric Grossman (USGS) and Roger Fuller (PBNERR).
    • Lichens and Bryophytes.  Organized by Northwest  ichenologists
      Plenary Speakers:
    • Frank Lawrence III, Deputy Director of the Lummi Natural Resources Department: From the white caps of the mountains to the white caps of the Salish Sea
    • Michele Koppes, University of British Columbia: Braiding knowledges of braided rivers: embracing place-based, local and indigenous knowledges, and lived experience in the science of landscapes
    • John Clague, Simon Fraser University: Giant ice-age floods – an example from British Columbia
    • Nathan Kuwada, Central Washington University: Dynamic mechanisms responsible for structure and organization in bacterial cells
    • Jozef Stec, Marshall B. Ketchum University; President, AAAS-Pacific Division: Ancient and modern infectious diseases: An overview of their impacts on global health, economy, and security
      Special Sessions
      • Drone technology: innovations in the sky — Leni Halaapiapi, Oregon State University
      • The science of making change: occupying the political space — Sam Gutierrez, Washington State Senate
      • Climate impacts, adaptations, and justice —Upekala Wijayratne, USFS; Nicole DeCrappeo, USGS Climate Adaptation Center; Jessica Halofsky, USDA Climate Hub; and Carol MacIlroy, Skagit Climate Science Consortium
      • Chemistry of Color in Art - Lisa Warner, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Boise State University
      • How to Use Low-Stakes Writing in Science Classes to Promote Scientific Thinking - Sarah Perrault, Director Writing Intensive Curriculum Program Oregon State University and Veronica Galva, Department of Psychology, University of San Diego
      • Lichens and Bryophytes