The NASPS virtual meeting will be held from 7:45 AM-2:15 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST) on October 27, 7:45 AM-2:30 PM PST on October 28, and 7:45 AM-1:30 PM PST on October 29.


We are excited to offer 37 contributed presentations at the virtual meeting on the themes of Aquaculture and Conservation Propagation, Biology and Ecology, Bottlenecks to Recovery, Conservation Genetics, Management, Physiology, and Regulated Rivers. This also includes an update from the World Sturgeon Conservation Society. We are working to make the meeting as engaging as possible and will have interactive activities during the breaks between sessions. We will be giving two best student presentation awards, one for PhD and one for MS students. We will have a business meeting on Wednesday, October 28, where we will update membership of what the society has accomplished in the past year. Students will be offering a student:mentor Q&A panel (Tuesday), a student social (Wednesday), and on Thursday, a virtual raffle of exciting prizes! Further meeting details will be updated on the website and communicated via our listserv as they are finalized. We can’t wait to see you there!


You will need to register in advance for this virtual meeting using this link


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtural meeting.


For the program, click this link

NASPS 2020 Virtual Meeting Program





Student Events


The Student Subunit will also be hosting a Student-Mentor Q&A Session and Student Social. The Q&A Session will be on Tuesday October 27th at 1:30PM Pacific Time, and at the event you will get the opportunity to hear from professionals in the field and ask them about their experiences. The Student Social will be on Wednesday October 28th at 1:30PM Pacific Time, and this will be an informal Zoom call where you can meet other students studying sturgeon across North America (please find links below). There will be opportunities to play games, talk about research, or just hang out!


Student Mentor Q&A Panel
Student Social


Scute Shuffle 5K


We will also be continuing the tradition of our annual Scute Shuffle race this year. We will be hosting a virtual event through the Strava App. Download the app and join the club by clicking this link (NASPS Scute Shuffle) to participate. Full instructions are available by clicking this link.

NASPS Scute Shuffle Full Instructions


Student Research Spotlight


Before the meeting, we are asking for students to send us a short video (2 to 3 minutes) or a single page PDF, where you introduce yourself and highlight the research you are doing. We hope to share these during the Annual Meeting for a Student Research Spotlight to help everyone get to know each other and see what research is being done across North America! This will be a great opportunity for students who were not able to give a full presentation to talk about their research at the conference! Please submit these to so we can all get to know each other a little better and see the amazing work you are doing!


Funniest Field Photo Competition


We are also hosting a student photo competition with the winner getting their very own sturgeon stuffed animal!! The competition is for Funniest Research Photo. We all have some great pictures from our work, so all you have to do is send in one of your best with a short explanation of the picture for a chance to win! We will reveal the winner at the 2020 Annual Meeting.


Even if you don't have a funny picture to submit, don't forget to attend the meeting to look at all the other amazing prizes you could win at the raffle this year!


 NASPS Virtual Raffle

THANK YOU to all of the incredibly generous artists and craftspeople who donated their handmade work to this raffle. Artist information has been included where applicable, please consider supporting these folks with your business.


Click on the link below to view the raffle items. To purchase tickets, choose the number of tickets you would like to buy from the dropdown menu in the Paypal Box. If you would like to purchase a multiple of tickets not listed, please complete another transaction. After you have purchased your tickets, please email with the number of tickets you would like entered for which items using the number referenced next to the items. Raffle ticket sales will end on Thursday at 10:00 AM PST, and you must email which items you would like your tickets entered for by Thursday at 11:00 AM PST. The raffle drawing will begin at 12:45 PM PST on Thursday, October 29th. Thank you for supporting NASPS!


NASPS Raffle Items (click here to see raffle items)





NASPS 2020 Raffle Tickets