FMCS 2017 Symposium - Cleveland OH - March 26-30, 2017
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

Ecosystems, Engineering, Valuation, and Practice –
The Roles of Freshwater Mollusks in a Changing Environment

• FMCS 2017 Symposium Meeting Program - Download pdf coming soon

We have planned for three days of presentations on a variety of topics that focus on Ecosystems, Engineering, Valuation, and Practice – The Roles of Freshwater Mollusks in a Changing Environment.
The Symposium will bring together regulators, researchers, consultants, and enthusiasts in a forum that will allow for collaborative opportunities and information exchange. We anticipate four plenary sessions on the following themes:
(1) Mollusks in Ecosystems – Implications for a Changing Environment
(2) Mollusks as Ecosystem Engineers - Species to Landscape Level Review
(3) Value of Mollusks (monetary, human, and ecosystems)
(4) A Review in Mollusk Research – Lessons Learned from Research to Regulation to Practice

A number of internationally recognized keynote speakers will present the state of current research on these topics and, we expect, will spark debate and interest on research needs concerning the many ways mollusks affect society and ecosystems. In addition to presentations we also have two workshops planned: A taxonomic workshop from Dr. Tom Watters on unionid mussels of the Upper Ohio and Great Lakes region and a gastropod identification and sampling workshop to be presented by the FMCS Gastropod Status and Distribution Committee.


Meeting Registration

Registration for the Symposium is now open.
Registration costs cover fees associated with our meeting space, equipment and AV needs for posters and presentations, three evenings of mixer’s with a cash bar, continental breakfast Monday 3/27 and Tuesday 3/28 (fruit, assorted muffins, danishes, bagels, croissants, juice, coffee and tea), “enough-for dinner” hors d’oeuvres and small plates Monday and Tuesday evenings, and lunch on Wednesday 3/29.
Check your email and the event website in the next few weeks for details regarding registration. If you need cost estimates, please contact Becca or Greg for details until registration opens.

Early Registration (through January 20, 2017)
Student Member $275
Student Non-Member $315
Member $375
Non-Member $455

January 21 through March 3, 2017
Student Member $325
Student Non-Member $365
Member $425
Non-Member $505

After March 3 Registration will be On-Site Only


Location & Travel

Where are you staying?
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center located at (127 Public Square, Cleveland Ohio 44114 USA). Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Key Center is accessible by car via Interstate 90. The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is 20 minutes from downtown and transportation by ground-transportation vendors and car rental facilities are available. The Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority (RTA) provides on-boarding in the Airport and you can disembark in Tower City. The Key Center is just a short walk across Cleveland Public Square. The Marriott will provide FMCS 2017 Symposium with 17,000 square feet of total meeting space with meeting rooms and a Grand Ballroom.

Within walking distance of the hotel is the well known East 4th Street/Gateway District, eatieries and pubs on West 6th Street, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cuyahoga River, and Lake Erie are just to name a few local hot spots. We will make every attempt to ensure we allow for some local exploring in the conference schedule.

Show your badge program: To ensure you have a memorable experience in Cleveland, Destination Cleveland has partnered with local restaurants, attractions, shopping venues, spas, and sports and recreation organizations to provide exclusive discount offers through the Show Your Badge program. Destination Cleveland is a non-profit group dedicated to all things Cleveland and were instrumental in helping us plan our meeting here in Cleveland.   To participate, you will simply show your conference badge when visiting participating partners. We will distribute the list of participating partners in the next Ellipsaria, so stay tuned!



Rate and Reservation Information
Discounted lodging will be available at the Marriott, which is directly adjacent to the meeting space. Hotel rooms will be $129/night for standard rooms. Reservations can also be made by calling (216) 696-9200.
➢ Book early to save us the stress of will we meet our room quota?
➢ Be sure to say "I want the 2017 FMCS/ Symposium Mar2017 rate!"
➢ Last day to book: 3/5/17
➢ Ready right now??? Book your group rate for 2017 FMCS Symposium CLICK HERE

If you are driving in please plan accordingly in that parking is presently $20.00 per day.


Call for Abstracts

Cleveland, Ohio March 26 – 30, 2017

The 2017 Cleveland FMCS Symposium Planning Committee WANTS YOU!

Oral and poster presentations will be accepted, but not limited to the following topics: Life History & Population Ecology, Status of Mollusks, Status and Distribution of Mollusks, Evolution and Systematics, Physiology and Reproductive Biology, Ecosystems and Community Ecology, Freshwater Mollusk Ecosystem Services, Habitat Restoration, Infrastructure: Impacts and Opportunities, Water Quality, Toxicology, Outreach, Conservation Genetics, Climate Change.

The abstract submission deadline for the 2017 Symposium will be Friday December 16, 2016. The symposium format will be both oral and poster. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (including the question and answer period). Poster size is limited to 4' by 4' feet.

Abstracts for posters and oral presentations are limited to 300 words. Abstract title should appear in all caps and be followed by the author name(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es). Abstracts should be written in Word utilizing Arial 11 point font. Abstracts should include clearly stated objectives, brief methods, general results, and the basic conclusion. At the bottom of your abstract please indicate your preference of oral or poster presentation and if you are willing to switch formats.

Example abstract from a previous symposium: click here.

Submit your abstract to:



Student $60
Member $90

Unionid Mussels of the Upper Ohio and Great Lakes presented by Dr. Tom Watters
This workshop will cover all freshwater mussels, including extinct species, from the upper Ohio River and Great Lakes drainages.

Gastropod Identification and Sampling Workshop presented by the FMCS Gastropod Status and Distribution Committee
The focus of this workshop is to provide participants with a background on biology and ecology of freshwater gastropods, sampling techniques, and taxonomic skills for commonly encountered species. A lab setting and dissecting scopes will be provided.


Field Trips


• Sightseeing Tour Cleveland Aquarium, Great Lakes Brewing Company Tour, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fam
• Restoration in Action Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Stream Restoration Site Reviews



For a PDF download of the schedule, CLICK HERE



Volunteers Needed

Looking to be more involved in FMCS? Here is your opportunity! The 2017 Symposium Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help in pre-conference planning tasks. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a planning sub-committee Becca ( or Greg ( If you're one of the "early bird catches the worm" type and would like to sign up to volunteer on-site please contact Susan Oetker at




The FMCS is a not-for-profit, dedicated to the advocacy and conservation science of freshwater mollusk resources. The FMCS workshop provides a great opportunity to network and build relationships with conservation professionals from state and federal government, industry, and conservation organizations. The Society has a membership of 500, and 250 members generally attend the biennial symposiums. These professionals are constantly working to conserve freshwater mollusks, and we need your help. We are requesting monetary SPONSORSHIP to help cover the costs of the symposium facilities. In addition to monetary contributions, FMCS is also accepting donations of equipment and other items to support our Student Scholarship Auction.

DONATE items for the world-famous FMCS auction to be held as part of the FMCS 2017 meeting in Cleveland, Ohio! Past items have included field equipment, rare books, T-shirts, art, jewelry, fishing gear, regional foods and beverages, and more. Proceeds go to FMCS student awards. Deliver to the registration desk, Greg Zimmerman, Becca Winterringer or auctioneer Steve Ahlstedt at the symposium. If you can't make the meeting in person or would rather ship, please send items to attention: Greg Zimmerman at EnviroScience, Inc., 5070 Stow Rd., Stow, OH 44224 (Phone 330-688-0111). Again, if shipping please clearly label that it is an FMCS auction item and indicate if a receipt is desired.

Thank you,
Rebecca Winterringer, 2017 Symposium Co-Chair (
Greg Zimmerman, 2017 Symposium Co-Chair (
Not-for-Profit (501-(c) 3 corporation FMCS Federal Tax Identification Number – 43-1855280)

River* >$1000 One Complimentary Registration, Logo on Website Registration Page and Symposium materials.
Stream $500 - $1000

One Registration Reduced by 25%, Logo Displayed at the Welcome Mixer. Logo on Website Registration Page.

Eddy $100-$499 Logo on Website Registration Page.
Mussel <$100 Recognition in the Symposium Program.

* Upon request, we have added an additional benefit to the top-level "River" (>$1,000) sponsorships. Your organization will be given the option of displaying your own retractable banner-type freestanding displays, or table-top display. The FMCS Conference Committee will put them up around the meeting and during dinner functions. We ask that the displays be no more than 3ft-wide.




For more Information:
For further information about the Symposium and inquiries about sponsorships, please contact the Symposium co-chairs:
Rebecca Winterringer, 2017 Symposium Co-Chair (
Greg Zimmerman, 2017 Symposium Co-Chair (