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70th PSA Annual Meeting - Cleveland, OH (Updated July 21, 2016)

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John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

July 24 - 30, 2016


Please join us in Cleveland at John Carroll University for the annual meeting of the Phycological Society of America

Organizing committee:

Dale Casamatta,  (Program Director)
Jeff Johansen,
Morgan Vis,

Follow the links below for more information:

Registration is now available:



Among the many planned events are:

  • Plenary talks and symposia on Great Lakes algal issues, microbial biogeography, monitoring of aquatic habitats, and other hot phyco-topics  
  • Field trips to intriguing freshwater habitats
  • Workshops on diatom systematics and taxonomy, issues relating to sequencing and Genbank, on-line phylogenetics, and publishing in the Journal of Phycology
  • The night-life, food, and milieu of the Rock and Roll City, one of the hippest cities on the Great Lakes!

2016 Annual PSA Meeting Schedule

Final program (pdf) (updated July 21, 2016) - bound copies will be provided at the meeting.

Poster size is 36 inches wide x 44 inches tall (if you have printed and yours is larger, please contact Jeff Johansen,

Contributed talks are 15 minute blocks, 12 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for questions.

Saturday, July 23

PSA Board of Trustees Meeting (4:00 - 6:00 pm)

Sunday, July 24

Executive Committee Meeting (9:00 am - 6:00 pm)

Workshops & Field Trip

Opening Reception (6:00-9:00 pm)

Ceremony in memory of Norma Lang

Monday, July 25

Morning Plenary Lecture: John Smol, Queen's University - Algae in the Anthropocene:  Studying human impacts using lake sediments.

Bold Symposium

Contributed papers

Algae as Art Workshop - free & open to the public (3:15-4:15 pm)

Poster session I (5:00-7:00 pm)

Exciting Auction (7:00-9:00 pm)

Tuesday, July 26

Morning Plenary Lecture: Martin Auer, Great Lakes Research Centre, Michigan Technological University - Great Lakes: Past and Future Change

PSA Presidential Symposium: Algae and The Great Lakes (Organized by Euan D. Reavie, CWE Associate Director, University of Minnesota)

BBQ luncheon

Contributed papers

Riveting PSA Business Meeting (4:00-5:30 pm)

Inaugural PSA Legacy Reception (7:30-8:30 pm) - hosted by the legendary Rick McCourt and the PSA Board of Trustees

Evening workshop (7:00 - 8:30 pm): How to publish in the Journal of Phycology (presented by Mike Graham and the dedicated Journal of Phycology editorial team)

Student Social (8:45 pm -???)

Wednesday, July 27

Morning Plenary Lecture: Pat Kociolek, University of Colorado, Boulder - Freshwater Diatom Biogeography: From 'Everything is Everywhere' to Phylogeography

Contributed Papers

Journal of Phycology editorial lunch (12:00 - 2:00 pm)

An Exploration of the World Class Cleveland Museum District (shuttle services provided gratis to Wade Oval, 5:30-9:00 pm)

Thursday, July 28

Plenary Address: An exciting mystery guest TBA

Contributed papers

Poster Session II (3:00 - 4:30 pm)

Luxurious PSA Banquet and Award Ceremony (6:00 - 10:00 pm)

Housing Options

 There is sufficient housing on campus to house all participants.  You have a choice of staying in standard double dorm room with two dormitory-style bathrooms per floor (Millor Hall = $45 per person/per night with double occupancy in the room), or a suite of two double rooms with a shared front seating area and shared bathroom (Bernet Hall = $60 per person/per night with double occupancy in the room), or a single room within a suite (Bernet Hall = $75 per person/per night).  Prices include linens. Parking by the dorms and everywhere on campus is free.  Housing is available for the entire time of the meeting, with the official program starting Sunday night the 24th and ending Friday afternoon, July 29th. Workshops and field trips are on Saturday before the meeting.

For couples, we recommend staying in a double occupancy room in Bernet Hall. If you wish to share the lobby and bathroom with another couple, those requests will be honored.  For couples wishing to bring young children, there is no extra charge for the child/children if a bed is not required (the couple brings sleeping bags for the children).  If a bed is needed, then the standard room rate applies to the child. 

See below the next section for dorms.

There are a number of hotels within a 12 minute drive from campus, if that option is preferred.  These include: Homewood Suites by Hilton ($170), Hotel Indigo Cleveland-Beachwood ($127), Double Tree by Hilton ($125), Embassy Suites ($172), Aloft Beachwood ($169), Extended Stay America ($76), Courtyard by Marriot ($142), Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott ($147), and Hampton Inn and Suites ($130).  You will need transportation to and from the meeting venue if you elect to stay in a hotel.