MARC 2024

Montana Aquatic Research Colloquium (MARC) 2024

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Welcome to MARC 2024! We look forward to seeing you at FLBS in April, Thursday April 11th - Saturday April 13th. Check in starts at noon and the meeting welcome session starts at 1pm. Please see the draft schedule below, edits may occur prior to meeting.

Our invited speaker for MARC 2024 is Dr. David Walters with the USGS. We are planning both lightning talks (5 minute each, not including time for questions) and poster sessions. Maximum poster dimensions are 70" wide x 45" tall (the entire space does not need to be filled).

Suggestions for making your stay at FLBS more enjoyable:

  • The weather may be great or it may snow/rain. We recommend bringing layers, a rain coat, and an extra blanket for your cabin if you get cold easily
  • Bring a head lamp to travel between buildings at night
  • The bathrooms are not attached to the cabins. A bathroom bag is handy for transporting items from the cabins to bathrooms
  • Bring bear spray if you have it available
  • Please bring a coffee mug and water bottle
  • Please bring a name tag holder. We are printing name tag inserts and expect that most people have a name tag holder available from a past meeting. If you have extra holders please bring them in case some folks don’t have one.
  • Upon check-in you will receive a packet with basic Bio Station information (including a map of the grounds) and your room assignment
  • More information about FLBS including lodging details, a map of the grounds, etc, is located on the Services tab
Thanks to the support of our 2024 sponsors we are able to reduce the cost for the first 20 students that register. Our sponsors for 2024 are the Montana Water Center, and the Flathead Lake Biological Station.

If you have any questions about MARC 2024 please contact Rachel Malison (

2024 Organizing Committee:

Rachel Malison, Assistant Research Professor, FLBS/UM

Bob Hall, Professor, UM

Lindsey Albertson, Associate Professor, MSU 


MARC 2024 – Draft Schedule

Thursday April 11th

Noon – Check-in at FLBS

1-1:30pm – Welcome/Intros

1:30-2:30pm – Lightning Talk Session 1 & Discussion

2:40-3:10pm – Break out group ideas…

3:30-4:30pm – Fun Run/Outdoor Break

4:45-6:15pm – Poster Session 1

6:30pm – Dinner + socializing

Friday April 12th

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast

8:30-9am – Coffee and mingling

9-10am – Keynote (David Walters)

10-10:10am – Break

10:10-11:10 – Lightning Talk Session 2 & Discussion

11:10-12:10 – Lightning Talk Session 3 & Discussion

12:30-2pm – Lunch

2-3pm – Lighting Talk Session 4 & Discussion

3-4pm – Lightning Talk Session 5 & Discussion

4-6pm – Poster Session 2

6:30 – Dinner + socializing

Saturday April 13th

7:30-8:30am – Breakfast

8:30-9am – Coffee

9-10am – Lightning Talk Session 6 & Discussion

10-11am – Lightning Talk Session 7 & Discussion

11am-noon – Break out discussions


*Oral presenters have 5 minutes to give lightning talks (not including questions). Time limits will be enforced.

*fun run – dependent on conditions