Important Information for Presenters:

18th Annual Symposium

on the Conservation and Biology of

Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

— A Virtual Experience —


August 6 – September 24, 2020



We will not be sending out individual acceptance letters this year.  Please review the Conference Program HERE to see the DATE and TIME (Eastern Daylight Time) of your presentation:


PLEASE NOTE: The title of your presentation MAY HAVE CHANGED. Please update your title in accordance with the Program.


We require you to please upload your presentation for review by the Conference Committee no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled time of presentation (except August 6 Oral Session, DUE JULY 30). Please see the DUE DATES for oral presentations/posters BELOW.

Because your oral presentation/poster will be viewed by a global audience, the Conference Committee is reviewing ALL oral presentations/posters. This is in an attempt to PROTECT the population of turtles for which you research/enact conservation measures for. The Conference Committee will return your presentation with any edits to be made prior to its dissemination.

Oral presentation files should be named as follows: [Month_Date_LastName (ex: Aug_06_Smith)], and can be uploaded HERE: ----

Posters can be multipage and can be prepared in PowerPoint in the Widescreen (16:9) slide size setting, or Google Slides, Prezi, Canva, etc. and converted to a pdf file. Poster files should be named as follows: [Poster_LastName_TSA2020.pdf (ex: Poster_Smith_TSA2020.pdf)], and can be uploaded HERE: ----

Posters can also be in the form of YouTube videos. All poster presentation files must be submitted for review no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled poster session (except Poster Session I, DUE JULY 30). Email video poster links, and any poster questions, to

Please Note: Oral presentations are 15-minute time slots; 12 minutes for the presentation, and 3 minutes for questions. Your presentation MUST NOT include site specific locality information. To protect turtle populations, the Conference Committee will remove or edit any site locality information that we feel is too specific. Please refer to your area of study or conservation in general terms ex. “Northern India.”  Again, this is in the best interest of preserving the integrity of the turtle population(s) with which you work, and has no impact on the research you are presenting.

All ORAL presenters will be contacted by David Hedrick or Jordan Gray to test your WiFi capabilities and review your presentation.

If you have any questions, or would like guidance, please contact us anytime at

Congratulations, and we look forward to sharing your work with the world.


Conference Committee

Andrew Walde, Cristina Jones, David Hedrick, and Jordan Gray


August 6 – Genetics / Evaluating Distributions: DUE JULY 30

August 13 – Bigger Concepts/Reviews / Status Assessments: DUE JULY 30

August 20 – Conservation Planning: DUE AUGUST 6

August 27 – Field Techniques / Turtles on the Move: DUE AUGUST 13

September 3 – Field Studies / Population Demographics: DUE AUGUST 20

September 10 – Western Pond Turtles / Invasive Species: DUE AUGUST 27

September 17 – Field Studies of Conservation Actions / More from the Field: DUE SEPTEMBER 3

September 24 – Human Impacts on Landscapes and Turtles / Wildlife Laws, Legends, and Trafficking Initiatives: DUE SEPTEMBER 10


Session I: DUE JULY 30

Session II: DUE AUGUST 20