Day 2: August 13th, 2021

19th Annual Symposium

on the Conservation and Biology of

Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

— A Virtual Experience —

sponsored by

See the Virtual Poster Session on August 10th by clicking HERE.

You MUST register HERE to attend the symposium.

Human Impacts on Landscapes and Turtles


Ferronata, Bruno

Habitat Connectivity and Population Parameters of the Eastern Long-necked Turtle (Chelodina longicollis) in Urban and Suburban Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory -

Bruno Ferronato


Aryal, Prakash

Wetland Management Practices and Location Influence Turtle Exploitation in Nepal's Lowland -

Prakash Arya

11:15AM EDT

Conrad, Cyler

Tortoises and Turtles as Passive Collectors of Anthropogenic Radionuclides from Nuclear Testing and Production Activities -

Cyler Conrad 

11:30AM EDT

Turcotte, Audrey

Exploring the Effect of 195 Years of Human-made Barriers on Species Movement: Genetic Study of Painted Turtles in the Rideau Canal, Canada  -

Audrey Turcotte

11:45AM EDT



Mota, Joel

 Influence of Landscape Condition on Relative Abundance and Body Condition of two Generalist Freshwater Turtle Species -

Joel Mota

12:00PM EDT

Conrad, Cyler

Examining Long-Term Anthropogenic Impact to Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis sp.) Dietary Ecology Using Stable Isotopes and Ancient DNA -

Cyler Conrad

12:15PM EDT



Cristina Jones (1)

PARC TNT Introduction -

Cristina Jones

12:30PM EDT

Buchanan, Scott

The Collaborative to Combat the Illegal Trade in Turtles (CCITT): Addressing a Conservation Crisis with a Call to Action -

Scott Buchanan

12:45PM EDT 

Sevin, Jennifer

How Biologists Can Help Combat the Illegal Turtle Trade -

Jennifer Sevin

1:00PM EDT

Slacum, Julie

CCITT Repatriation and Confiscation Working Group Tools to Support Law Enforcement Confiscation and Turtle Confiscation -

Julie Slacum

1:15PM EDT  

Collins, Dave

Ecological Projects of the AZA SAFE: American Turtle Program -

David Collins

1:30PM EDT

Apodaca, JJ

Creating Genetic Databases to Assist in the Repatriation of Confiscated Turtles: Need, Issues, Solutions, and Two Examples (Terrapene and Macrochelys) -

JJ Apodaca

1:45PM EDT 

Kleopfer, John (JD)

Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Overhauling Virginia's Reptile and Amphibian Regulations -

John (J.D.) Kleopfer

2:00PM EDT

Browning, Emma

Evaluating Settling Times and Home Range Establishment and Size in Confiscated and Resident Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) on the Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina -

Emma Browning

2:10PM EDT

Click HERE for the full program.




August 17

  • Session: Conservation Actions and Engagement & The Gopherus Tortoises

August 20

  • Sessions: Citizen Science, Physiology and Disease, & African Chelonians

August 24 

  • Sessions: Captive Management/Husbandry & Corvid-Chelonian Conflicts

August 27

  • Sessions: Conservation & Field Studies

August 31

  • Sessions: Bigger Picture, Interesting Findings, and Long-Term Studies & Awards