Montana State University

Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-4548
Fax: (406) 994-3190
Location: 310 Lewis Hall

Symposium Organizer

Gina K. Himes Boor
Assistant Research Professor

Information for Speakers

The following information is for invited speakers only.  If you are attending the symposium, please see the Schedule of Events for more information about the symposium.

The registration desk will open at 8 am Thursday (3/20) and 8:30 am Friday (3/21). We suggest you get to the museum with plenty of time to pick up your name tag and printed materials since we have over 100 people registered to attend.  If you are presenting on Thursday morning and would like to see the stage and presentation set-up before your talk, some of us will be at the museum as early as 7:30 Thursday morning. 

Directions to the Museum of the Rockies can be found on our website.


Please upload your PowerPoint presentations to the “Goodman Symposium PowerPoint” DropBox folder. You should have received an email invitation to this shared folder, but if you did not, please email us to get access.  If you are using presentation software other than PowerPoint, please email us immediately so that we can make arrangements.

Montana PBS is filming the symposium for live web-streaming as well as for archival purposes.  They will be embedding your PowerPoint slides into the film/live-stream.  To facilitate this process they want to have your completed presentations as soon as possible.  We know for many of you, having a completed PowerPoint many days prior to the symposium is unrealistic.  We suggest that once you have a pretty-close-to-final version of your PowerPoint presentation you upload it to the DropBox folder, then upload your final version when it’s ready – preferably the day before the symposium to give us time to get it on the presenter’s laptop.   

If you are having problems uploading your file you may email it to Bert Harting, who will be ensuring that all PowerPoint presentations are loaded onto the presentation laptop.  If you have issues to resolve, or last minute uploads, please find Bert or Steven Swartz at the symposium.

Timing & Session Logistics
Please coordinate the order and length of your talk with your session chair.  Note that the times of some sessions have changed from the original agenda, so please make sure you know when your session is to be held by referencing the most up-to-date agenda on our website.  

Session chairs will be responsible for switching between PowerPoint presentations prior to and during their session. They will also need to introduce themselves and each speaker in their session.

We will have a laser pointer on the podium for your use.

Question & Answer Period
Please allow some time at the end of each session for questions and for transition to the next session. We have established a Twitter hashtag (#GoodmanSymposium2014) for the event that will allow those watching the live web-stream (including our keynote Synthesis speaker, Anil Nerode) to comment and ask questions real-time.  If you have a Twitter account and would like to monitor the real-time backchannel for the question and answer period, we would encourage you to do so.  If you are not that technologically savvy, Gary Lopez has volunteered to monitor the backchannel conversation and to relay any questions posed by our virtual attendees.


We will not be providing transportation between the airport and the hotel.  The Residence Inn has an airport shuttle, so please arrange your airport transfers with them (406-522-1535).

If you indicated that you wanted to use the shuttle van to get from the Residence Inn to the symposium venue, please meet in the lobby of the Residence Inn for an 8:00 departure Thursday morning and an 8:30 departure Friday morning. There will be 4 shuttle vans and two personal vehicles (Tim Ragen & Nick Gayeski) that will be driving between the Residence Inn and the museum. Tomo Eguchi is coordinating the vans; please contact him if you have any questions or concerns.


We will not be providing lunch at the symposium. At the registration desk, we will have available a list and map of local restaurants open for lunch within walking and driving distance of the museum.  For those riding in shuttle vans, please coordinate lunch transportation with your van driver or plan to walk to one of the closer lunch venues.


The final session of the symposium (Friday 3/21, 4 pm) is a panel discussion with all session chairs and keynote speakers.  Session chairs/keynote speakers need not plan any material in advance for this discussion, but please plan to join us on stage for what we hope will be a lively discussion amongst all attendees about the information presented throughout the symposium and the lessons we can draw from Dr. Goodman’s work.  Tim Ragen and Gina Himes Boor will moderate the session and may pose a few questions to facilitate this discussion.  Let us know if you have any specific topics you think might provide good fodder for this session.


Please upload your manuscript to the “Goodman Symposium Manuscripts” Dropbox folder.  If you have not received an email invitation to this shared folder, please email us to get access.

Publication Venue
We are still seeking an ideal venue to publish the collection of symposium manuscripts. We submitted a proposal to the journal Ecological Applications to publish the papers as an Invited Feature.  We will let you know when we hear back about that.  We have several other good options that we will explore if the Ecological Applications proposal is rejected, including at least 2 other peer-reviewed journals.  Our backup plan is to publish these papers as NOAA Technical Memorandum, but because NOAA Tech Memos are not technically peer-reviewed we are exploring other options first.

Formatting Details
Please prepare your manuscript in accordance with ESA journal standards (e.g., Ecological Applications).  I’ve listed some of the formatting details you should adhere to below, but for more information, please refer to the ESA journals website.
MS Word (ideally)
8 ½ x 11”
1” margins
12 pt Times New Roman font
Numbered pages (starting with title page)
Include line numbers
Abstract should be 350 words or fewer
Target Length: 3000-6000 words

Citation Style
In-Text Citation Style (adapted from ESA journals website):
If there are one or two authors, include the authors’ last name(s) and date of publication.  If there are three or more authors, include the last name of the first author followed by et al. and date of publication.  For multiple citations following a single statement, list citations in chronological order separated by commas).
…disturbance regime (Bendix 2000).
…and resource heterogeneity hypothesis (Bell and Smith 1979, Davies et al. 2005) may not be mutually exclusive.
…was similar to those obtained by Visser et al. (2000) in hydroponic cultures.

Bibliography Style (adapted from ESA journals website)

One author example
Abrams, P. A.  1987.  The functional responses of adaptive consumers of two resources.  Theoretical Population Biology 32:262-288.

Two or more authors example
Example:  Hjalten, J., K. Danell, and P. Lundberg.  1993.  Herbivore avoidance by association: vole and hare utilization of woody plants.  Oikos 68:125-131.

Chapter in a book
Last name, First initial. Second initial., First initial. Second initial. Last name, and First initial. Second initial. Last name.  Date.  Chapter title.  Pages ##-## in First initial. Second initial. Last name and First initial. Second initial. Last name.  Book title.  Publisher name, City of publication, State of publication, Country of publication.

ExampleAbrams, P. A., B. A. Menge, and G. G. Mittelbach.  1995.  The role of indirect effects in food webs.  Pages 371-395 in G. Polis and K. O. Winemiller, editors.  Food webs: integration of patterns and dynamics.  Chapman and Hall, New York, New York, USA.

Last name, First initial. Second initial., First initial. Second initial. Last name, and First initial. Second initial. Last name.  Date.  Book title.  Publisher, City of publication, State of publication, Country of publication.

Example:  Drake, J. A., F. DiCastri, and R. H. Groves.  1989.  Biological invasions: a global perspectives.  Wiley, New York, New York, USA.

Government document
Last name, First initial. Second initial., First initial. Second initial. Last name, and First initial. Last name.  Document title.  Report number.  Government agency, Agency division, City of publication, State of publication, Country of publication.

Example:  Maschinski, J., H. D. Hammond, and L. Holter, editors.  Southwestern rare and endangered plants: proceedings of the second conference.  General Technical Report RM-GTR-283.  U. S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.


Gina Himes Boor     (406) 580-1368 [mobile] or (406) 994-1821 [office]
Museum of the Rockies  (406) 994-2251
MSU Ecology Department  (406) 994-4548


A zip file ( containing all of Dr. Goodman’s papers (including reports and other grey literature) is available for download at the Dr. Goodman’s Environmental Statistics Group website. The link is adjacent to the symposium link on the ESG homepage.  This zip file will not be permanently accessible, but will remain on the website for a few weeks following the symposium.