Nassau, Bahamas   March 14 – 17, 2016

“Reversing the Decline”

Held in conjunction with The College of The Bahamas


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Conference Schedule

Bus Shuttle Schedule

Oral Presenter Guidelines

Poster Guidelines

Moderator Guidelines


Mon 14th
Climate Change Workshop
6pm Opening Ceremony

Tues 15th
8:30am-6:30pm Presentations

Wed 16th
8:30am-6:30pm Presentations
7pm Evening with Dr. Carleton Ray

Thurs 17th
8:30am-5pm Presentations
5pm-6:30pm Student Series
7pm Closing Reception

Fri 18th - Mon 21st
Field Trips

The first Bahamas Natural History Conference was held in March 2013 under the theme, Highlighting the Importance of Research, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship, and attracted local and international researchers, educators, natural resource managers, students and naturalists. With over 100 abstracts received, the conference created a forum to encourage interdisciplinary research and conservation in The Bahamas. Many attendees attested that this conference marked the beginning of a more direct dialogue between the scientific community and national decision-makers. 

The goal of the conference is to inspire new avenues of research and cooperation across disciplines while highlighting the benefits of research of the environment, economy and human society of The Bahamas.

The theme for BNHC 2016, Reversing the Decline, emphasizes the need to not only protect the remaining resources of The Bahamas, but to also work towards a future where biodiversity is thriving better than it is today. This era, which has become known as the Anthropocene, is recognized as such because of the large footprint that humans have posed upon the earth. However, human activities do not have to continue to result in biodiversity loss but can be re-engineered to improve biological diversity. To help move forward and ensure that Bahamians have an ever brighter future, it is imperative that we bring scientists, members of industry, educators and the public at large together to learn from each other and to pave a better way forward.

Theme Description
Lessons from the past

Archaeological, geological and ecological windows into the history of The Bahamas.

The current situation The value of ecosystems, ecological trends and the impact of climate change on small island nations.
Preparing for the future Planned and suggested reforms. The need for behaviour change, conservation initiatives, new legislative or innovative ideas. 

In addition there will be: 
  • Nationally important workshops
  • Opening Plenary Speaker: TBA
  • Field Trips to National Parks
  • The College of The Bahamas Student Series
  • Panel Discussion
  • BNHC Science Award


Melissa Groo

Melissa Groo is a wildlife photographer, writer, speaker and teacher. Her photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Smithsonian, Audubon, Birdwatching, National Wildlife, Living Bird, Nature’s Best, and New York State Conservationist Magazine. She writes a regular column on wildlife photography for Outdoor Photographer magazine, and speaks and writes on issues of ethics and conservation in wildlife photography. She's on the faculty of Hog Island Audubon Camp and the Summit Series of Photography Workshops. Melissa has received awards and honorable mentions in many photography competitions, including Audubon (Grand Prize winner, 2015), Nature’s Best, NANPA (North American Nature Photography Association), Festival de L’Oiseau, and Birds as Art. 

Pete Marra
Pete Marra is the Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. He earned his B.S. from Southern CT State University, an M.S. from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1998 and has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1999. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed papers published in journals such as Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Conservation Biology. He co-edited the frequently cited book - Birds of Two Worlds. Pete’s next book is due out in the fall 2016 and is entitled - Cat Wars: The devastating consequences of cuddly killer. Pete started Neighborhood Nestwatch and The Migratory Connectivity Project and is co-founder of Tree House Concerts. He is an avid fisherman, passionate cook and father of two.

The Call for Abstracts is now CLOSED!

Call Open

Submission Deadline

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of Session Scheduling

Abstracts (Oral and Poster)*

September 30, 2015

January 15, 2016

January 22, 2016

February 8, 2016

Workshops and Fieldtrips

December 30, 2015

February 26, 2016

March 4, 2016

February 26, 2016

*The presenting author must register for the conference before February 8, 2016 

Prospective presenters should carefully review the information below and then submit their abstract via the online submission form provided. The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15, 2016 11:59pm EST.

1. Guidelines for Submitting an Abstract
2. Evaluation Process and Criteria
3. After Your Abstract is Accepted
4. Cancellation Policy
5. Summary of Important Dates and Deadlines
6. Online Abstract Submission

Presenting Author
The presenting author must register for the conference before February 8, 2016. Presenters not registered by this date will not be included in the scientific program and will not have their abstract(s) published in the book of abstracts.

Submission Deadline
All abstracts must be submitted no later than 11:59pm EST on January 15, 2016 via the online submission form provided below. 

* Note that the information provided in this section will appear in the conference program and book of abstracts exactly as submitted, so please avoid spelling errors and provide the complete name of your company, organization, or institution (followed by acronyms if appropriate). 

* Also note that all communications regarding your abstract will be directed to the email address you provide, so please ensure that it is entered correctly.  

Session Moderator 
Please indicate whether you would be willing to moderate the session in which your abstract is placed. Session moderators will introduce oral presenters, keep track of time, and facilitate question/answer periods following presentations.
Guidelines for Moderators

The BNHC 2016 Steering Committee will review abstracts on a rolling basis beginning in October 2015. The Committee will contact authors with formal acceptance or rejection notices as soon as possible in order to allow presenters sufficient time to register for the conference and make travel arrangements. All notifications will be sent to the email address provided during the abstract submission process. 

The Committee will make the final decision with regard to the acceptance or rejection of all abstracts. In rare cases, abstracts submitted for oral presentations may be accepted on the condition that they instead be presented as posters. 

Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 
  • scientific merit, with emphasis on new research results, cutting-edge developments and novel perspectives.
  • direct relevance to the conference themes and applicability to species knowledge, conservation, management, education and policy implications.
  • submission of a clearly written, well organized abstract that begins with a concise statement of the topic or issue and ends with a substantive conclusion.
  • adherence to the submission guidelines outlined above.

All accepted presenters must register for the conference before the deadline on February 8, 2016.Presenters not registered by this date will not be included in the scientific program and will not have their abstract(s) published in the book of abstracts. 

Travel Visas 
Attendees traveling to the conference from outside of the US may be required to obtain a visitor visa. Email us at  for assistance. 

The BNHC 2016 Steering Committee will schedule all oral presentations and finalize the scientific program in February 2016. Presentations will be organized into sessions by topic, and the Committee will make every effort to ensure optimal placement of each speaker. 

Presentations may be scheduled any time from the morning of Tuesday, March 15 through the afternoon of Thursday, March 17, and it is expected that all presenters will be available during any of these time slots. Special scheduling requests will not be accommodated, and talks will not be moved once scheduling is complete. 

In February, the schedule-at-a-glance will be posted on the conference website and circulated to accepted presenters via email so they can make note of the day, time and session in which they will be presenting. 

Dissemination of Abstracts 
Abstracts will be published in the BNHC 2016 Book of Abstracts and disseminated to all conference attendees in electronic format. Following the conference, the book of abstracts will be made publicly available on BNT’s website in pdf format. BNT will not publish abstracts in any other format. 

Please do not submit an abstract if you are not confident that you will be able to attend the conference and make the presentation. Cancelations impose a serious burden on the conference organizing committee and negatively impact the overall quality of the scientific program. 

If your presentation has been accepted, but extenuating circumstances prevent your attendance, we ask that you attempt to find another individual to make the presentation and notify us of this change as soon as possible at  If cancelation becomes absolutely unavoidable, please contact us immediately at the aforementioned email address so we can remove your presentation from the conference program. 

  • September 30, 2015: Call for abstracts opens
  • October 19, 2015: Registration opens
  • January 15, 2015: Call for abstracts closes
  • January 22, 2016: Notification of acceptance of abstracts
  • February 8, 2016: Deadline for presenter registration
  • February 8, 2016: Schedule-at-a-glance is available on the conference website

When submitting online you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation, please email  for assistance.


Registration fees for BNHC 2016 includes access to scientific sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks on all three days of the scientific program, a Welcome Reception, poster reception, and Closing Reception. Additional fees will be required for post-conference field trips and lunch. 


BNHC REGISTRATION FEES (US$ or B$ equal value) 
Advanced registration is strongly recommended. All who register for the conference before December 31, 2015 will receive a 10% discount. 

*The presenting author must register for the conference before February 8, 2016 

Payments can be made via Visa or MasterCard online at  or via cheque payable to Bahamas National Trust referencing on cheque BNHC registration fee and name of registrant. Please contact us directly at  if you wish to pay via wire transfer. 

Attendees can also register for a number of optional activities to be held in conjunction with the conference. Both attendees and accompanying partners are welcome to participate. 

Conference Workshops 
Special workshops will be planned and scheduled based on dates indicated below. Please check for updates at appropriate times. 

Call Open 

Submission Deadline 

Notification of Acceptance 

Notification of Session Scheduling 

Workshops and Fieldtrips December 30, 2015 February 26, 2016 March 4, 2016 February 8, 2016

Post-Conference Field Trips 
Field trips to a number of National Parks will be offered on Friday, March 18, 2016. All field trips will depart from Nassau on Friday morning. We encourage you to sign up for a trip and see some of our amazing National Parks! Field trip information will be posted according to the above mentioned dates. 


All accepted presenters must register for the conference before the deadline on February 8, 2016. Presenters not registered by this date will be excluded from the scientific program and will not have their abstract(s) published in the book of abstracts.

International Attendees 
Attendees traveling to the conference from outside of the US may be required to obtain a visitor visa. For more information about visa requirements, please email us at

Payments by Wire Transfer 
Credit cards are our preferred method of payment, but we can also accept registration payments by wire transfer or cheque. If you would like to pay by wire, please complete the registration form and select “Wire Transfer” as the method of payment. Once you have submitted the form, we will send you an invoice for the outstanding balance along with wiring instructions. Your registration will remain pending until we receive the payment. 





The BNHC 2016 provides a valuable opportunity to showcase your eco products and services, or activities to a global community of Natural History researchers and practitioners. 

BNHC 2016 will attract local and international delegates representing the public, private and non-profit sectors. Delegates include practitioners, researchers, planners/managers, students and volunteers with backgrounds in natural resource management, public policy, indigenous cultures and community-based activities. This multi-disciplinary group is united by a shared interest in advancing, biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development. 

Contact Us: 
To learn more about the conference and the ways in which your company or organization can support this important event while furthering its own goals and ambitions, please contact us at:

Telephone: (242) 393-1317



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The Bahamas National Trust invites organizations, private-sector firms, government agencies and international bodies to become sponsors of the 3rd Bahamas Natural History Conference. 

As a sponsor of this noteworthy event, you will have the opportunity to increase your visibility within the growing field conservation, management and sustainable livelihoods as well as showcase your products, services or activities to a diverse national and international audience. Conference attendees will include practitioners, researchers, planners/managers and policymakers in conservation, research, education, community involvement and environmental management. 

The conference will feature three days of oral presentations covering a wide range of topics, as well as prominent keynote and plenary speakers, pre-conference training workshops and post-conference field trips to local National Parks. 

Contact Us: 
To learn more about the conference and the ways in which your company or organization can support this important event while furthering its own goals and ambitions, please contact us at:

Telephone: (242) 393-1317



Average Hotel Room Rates
Conference participants are to contact their hotel of choice directly to make reservations and confirm rates and taxes.

Hotel Night Rate Taxes Amenities Distance from pickup location
  Single room Double room      
Sunset Resort $264.89 $280.64 Included in nightly rate Free Wifi, Free Parking, Pool, Beach Access, Fitness Centre 500m / 4 mins driving time
Town Hotel $136.53 $142.00 Included in nightly rate Continental Breakfast 400m / 2 mins driving time
Stones Throw Away $185.00 $210 - $124 Included in nightly rate Wireless Internet, Pool, Free Breakfast 15km / 20 mins driving time
Orange Hill $138.00 $158 - $178 Included in nightly rate Cottages and Apartments Available, Wireless available in Lobby, Bar and Garden, Laundry 14.5km / 20 mins driving time
Bay View Suites $195.00 $195 - $245 $48.49/night –$57.56/night Near Atlantis Water Park, Free Inernet 3.9km / 9 mins driving time
Melia $232.17 $256.82 Included in nightly rate Wireless Internet 24km / 6 mins driving time
Atlantis $209.00 299.00 $93.15/night Waterpark 3.8km / 9 mins driving time

BNHC 2016 Bus Transportation Schedule
Conference transportation will be available shortly.


Click here to book a field trip.

ANDROS - Weekend trip - $399.00
3 days/2 nights
Experience The Bahamas' largest island. Tour terrestrial and marine national parks of the island of Andros.

ELEUTHERA - Day Away - $220.00;
Escape to Eleuthera for a tour of one of the BNT's newest national parks, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

INAGUA – Weekend National Park & Wildlife Tour - $750.00
4 days/3 nights
Explore the wonders of Inagua. See the world renowned Inagua National Park, home of the national bird of The Bahamas.

NEW PROVIDENCE – Day National Parks Safari - $50.00
Take a tour of the national parks on New Providence including the Harrold and Wilson Ponds National Park, Bonefish Pond National Park and Primeval Forest National Park.