Day 3: 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.

Conservation Actions and Engagement



Ex-situ Management of Cambodian Chelonian Species at the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), an Introduction

Christel Griffioen


Dutta, Arpita

Participatory Conservation in India's State of Assam

Arpita Dutta

11:15AM EDT

Dewan, Saurabh

Game on! Call a Card for 'Conservation'

Saurabh Dewan

11:30AM EDT

Lejeune, Keri

An Overview of Louisiana's Turtle Conservation Plan

Keri Lejeun

11:45AM EDT



Fuyarchuk, Andrew

 Turtles in Ontario: A Silent Cry for Help–Poaching and Conservation

Andrew Fuyarchuk & Mabyn Armstrong

12:00PM EDT

Armstrong, Maybn
Daren Norris (1)

Community Based Actions Save Yellow-spotted River Turtle (Podocnemis unifilis) Eggs and Hatchlings Flooded by Rapid River Level Rises

Darren Norris

12:15PM EDT

Reh, Borja

A Conservation-Optimism Turtle Story Presented in a Main Theatre of Madrid After the COVID-19 Restrictions Were Raised

Borja Reh 

12:30PM EDT

The Gopherus Tortoises


Richter, Collin

Multi-year Space Use and Survival of Head-started Mojave Desert Tortoises Following Release in Mojave National Preserve, California, USA

Collin Richter

12:45PM EDT

Guerra, Daniel

Characterization of Texas Tortoise (Gopherus berlandieri) Home Ranges and Habitat Use in South Texas

Daniel Guerra

1:00PM EDT 

Drake, Kristina

Gut Microbiome Composition Influences Growth and Survival in Mojave Desert Tortoises

Kristina Drake

1:15PM EDT

Weise, Chris

Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus) Conservation

Christiane Wiese

1:30PM EDT  

Orton, Joseph

Comparative Genomic Analysis of Chelonians Using a New de novo Genome for the Sonoran Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)

Joseph Orton

1:45PM EDT

Cozad, Becca

Emergence, Dispersal, and Survival of Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) Hatchlings in Northwestern Florida

Rebecca Cozad

2:00PM EDT 

Esque, Todd

Collaboration and Approaches to Understand and Implement Mojave Desert Tortoise Habitat Quality and Habitat Restoration

Todd Esque

2:15PM EDT

Click HERE for the full program.




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