Day 1: August 6th, 2020

18th Annual Symposium

on the Conservation and Biology of

Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

— A Virtual Experience —

sponsored by

See Virtual Poster Session One on August 6th at 9AM EDT by clicking HERE.

Join the live-stream on August 6th at 11AM EDT on YouTube!

Rick Hudson

Turtle Survival Alliance Update-

Rick Hudson


Craig Stanford

IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group Update-

Craig Stanford

11:15AM EDT


Keynote Address

- Building the Photo Ark -

Joel Sartore

11:30AM EDT



JJ Apodaca

Thinking Outside the Box to Bring Them All Home:

Developing Genomic Resources to Facilitate the Repatriation of Confiscated Freshwater Turtles and Tortoises -

J. J. Apodaca

12:15PM EDT

Peter Scott

Releasing the Box Turtle Genome:

Testing Improved Performance of Genetic Analyses with a New Resource -

Peter Scott

12:30PM EDT

Brad Schaffer

Building Genomic Resources to Guide the Repatriation of Illegally Traded Turtles - 

Brad Shaffer

12:45PM EDT


Conservation Genetics of the Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) in Mississippi -

Luke Pearson


Jeff Lovich

Refining Genetic Boundaries for Agassiz’s Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in the Western Sonoran Desert: The Influence of the Coachella Valley on Gene Flow Among Populations in Southern California -

Jeff Lovich

1:15PM EDT



Arunima Singh

Prioritizing Turtle Habitats Along the Lower Sarju River, Uttar Pradesh, India: Designing Future Research and Conservation Actions -

Arunima Singh

1:30PM EDT

Sneha Dharwadkar

Species Distribution Modelling of the Leith’s Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia leithii) in Peninsular India-

Sneha Dharwadkar

1:45PM EDT

Anuja Mital

Citizen Science as a Tool to Address Knowledge Gaps in Life History and Distribution of Freshwater Chelonians in India -

Anuja Mital

2:00PM EDT

Jessica Meck

Evaluating the Distribution of the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) in Virginia and North Carolina -

Jessica Meck

2:15PM EDT

Peter Lindeman

The Distribution of Pseudemys texana in the Nueces River Drainage -

Peter Lindeman

2:30PM EDT

Each day's session begins at 11AM EDT. Click HERE for the full program.




August 13

  • Sessions: Bigger Concepts/Reviews & Status Assessments

August 20

  • Session: Conservation Planning

August 27

  • Sessions: Field Techniques & Turtles on the Move

September 3 

  • Sessions: Field Studies & Population Demographics
  • Virtual Poster Session 2

September 10

  • Sessions: Western Pond Turtles & Invasive Species

September 17

  • Sessions: Field Studies of Conservation Action & More from the Field

September 24

  • Sessions: Human Impacts on Landscapes and Turtles & Wildlife Laws, Legends, and Trafficking Initiatives