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Evolution 2013

The Official Website for Evolution 2013


June 21-25, 2013

Meeting and Conference Center

Snowbird, Utah, USA

Evolution 2013 is the joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), on June 21-25, 2013, at the Snowbird Alpine Village.   

The Evolution Conference

This meeting is the premier annual opportunity for sharing scientific research related to evolution. Symposia presentations, concurrent contributed papers, and poster sessions will be presented by the 1,400 expected participants. Product and service providers will contribute to the meeting through their exhibits. Social activities will include an opening reception, mixers with each evening poster session, and a super-social/award ceremony - all of these mixers and receptions are included with registration.

Evolution 2013 meets jointly with the iEvoBio conference, which brings together biologists interested in evolution, systematics, biodiversity, software, and mathematics. The program for iEvoBio can be viewed HERE.

  • Thanks to everybody for a great meeting!
  • Snowbird website is offering $10.00 off an all-day activity pass just through the end of June.  Here is the link:
  • Registration open - second level of Cliff Lodge - 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Monday and Tuesday 7:00 AM to Noon.
  • Morning bird walks - Meet at the Event Tent at 6:30 AM. Bring binoculars if you have them. 
  • A corrected PDF version of the full program is available. A list of changes and cancellations is available - Program
  • The most updated Calendar of Events is posted.
  • Twitter: Use #evol2013 for tweets about the meeting.  Follow @evol2013 for announcements during the meeting. 
  • The iEvoBio program is now available HERE
  • The online program is now available. Check the program website to search the program and to create your own personalized schedule for talks to attend at the meeting.  For more information go to Program.
  • Additional housing options are available - check the  Accommodations web page for more information.  
  • All submitted presentations are automatically accepted.  If you require a letter of acceptance or a letter of invitation, please contact Johanne Strogan at
  • Presentation title submission is now closed.  T-shirt and printed program orders are closed - a limited number will be available for purchase during the conference.
  • Early registration has now ended, late registration rates are in effect.
  • Congratulations to Judy Scotchmoor - Gould Award recipient for 2013!
  • Room-share program now available. Email to receive information and access to an online spreadsheet of people looking for roommates.Individuals are responsible for finding their own roommates. 
  • Registration and presentation submission is now open.
  • The iEvoBio conference web site is now available. 
  • New this year - Lightning Talks! See Presenter Information for more info.
  • Information about Student Awards, Field Trips and Activities, and for the K-12 Teacher Workshop is now posted.
  • Childcare details are now posted. 
  • Sustainable practices: In the interest of making this meeting as "green" as possible please consider the following suggestions:
    • Please bring a water bottle, mug, or other container for drinks during breaks and receptions.
    • We will not provide bags at registration, so please bring your own.
    • The program will be available online and as a pdf file.  If you prefer a printed copy there will be a small fee and an opportunity make this request during registration. 
  • Reminder: During the conference please allow 48 hours of acclimation before engaging in strenuous physical activities. The air is very dry so drink lots of water to stay hydrated. 
  • Pets: Please be aware that NO DOGS are allowed in Snowbird or anywhere in Little Cottonwood Canyon (including the campgrounds) due to watershed issues.  Please see the Salt Lake Valley Health Department website for more details. 

Program in Brief

The meeting schedule will follow that of recent years with a few modifications; on Monday there will be a 1/2 day recess for recreation and field trips, and there will be an all-society mixer/award ceremony instead of a banquet on Tuesday evening. For your travel planning purposes, here is a brief summary:

June 21

>Society joint council meeting
>Educator Workshop
>Arrival on June 20 advised for council meeting and Friday workshop attendees

>Individual society meetings
>Educator Workshop

>SSB Phylogenetics

>Opening reception
>Gould Award lecture (open to the general public)

June 22
>K-12 education workshop.
>Symposia and concurrent paper sessions

>K-12 education workshop
>Symposia and concurrent paper sessions

>Society presidential address
>Poster session and mixer
June 23
>Symposia and concurrent paper sessions >Symposia and concurrent paper sessions >Society presidential address
>Poster session and mixer
June 24
>Morning half-day of concurrent sessions and lightning talks
>Recess at noon for recreation and field trips >Poster session and mixer
June 25
>Symposia and concurrent paper sessions
>Society council members exit meetings
>iEvoBio Conference begins
>Symposia and concurrent paper sessions >Society presidential address
>Final mixer and award ceremony free to all attendees
June 26
>iEvoBio Conference day 2

Snowbird, Utah

The Snowbird Conference Center and Alpine Pedestrian Village is located at 2365 m (7,760 ft) elevation, just a short distance from Salt Lake City International Airport in Little Cottonwood Canyon on the west slope of the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. Recreation opportunities abound in and near the village/conference site with easy access to hiking, biking, and skiing (conditions permitting).  Within the village, all lodging, meeting rooms, restaurants, shopping, and childcare facilities are just a few minutes' walk from each other.  Amenities include four lodges with over 500 rooms, 7 restaurants, 5 lounges, a full service pharmacy, post office, grocery, deli, internet cafĂ©, liquor store, other concessions, and several unique gift shops.  Snowbird is surrounded by spectacular views of mountain slopes covered with alpine meadows, cottonwoods, conifers, and impressive rock formations. 

The Snowbird Resort offers numerous opportunities for relaxing and enjoying the views from patios, terraces, and indoor lounges. Swimming pools, tennis courts, a spa, fishing pond, playground, alpine slide, ZipRider, bungy trampoline and more facilities are available within the village. The Aerial Tram will take you up to the top of Hidden Peak at 3353 m (11,000 ft). From there you can hike, bike or ride the tram or Peruvian Quad ski lift back down to the village.  A short car ride away, Salt Lake City offers many dining and shopping venues as well as sight seeing attractions, including the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center and Temple Square. Exceptional sites for botanizing, birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing are within an hour's drive at Antelope Island, Big Cottonwood Canyon and Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

If you wish to venture further before or after the meeting, Snowbird is near the geographic center of the scenic Southwest, and provides easy access to recreation sites throughout the Rocky Mountains. The Red Rock country of Moab and Arches National Park are within a half-day drive, and a little further south lies Monument Valley - famous for its impressive mesas and buttes. Spectacular fossil deposits can be found four hours east of Snowbird at Dinosaur National Monument, and archaeological sites of Anasazi dwellings can be explored within a day's drive south at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, and in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Evolution 2013

See You in Snowbird!