Day 4: August 20th, 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.

Citizen Science


Santori, Claudia

Changes in Participant Behavior and Attitudes Are Associated with Knowledge and Skills Gained by Using a Turtle Conservation Citizen Science App

Claudia Santori


Badje, Andrew

Wisconsin Turtle Conservation Program

Andrew Badje 

11:15AM EDT

Grizzle, Ben

Bluff City Turtles: Urban Turtle Ecology in Memphis, Tennessee

J. Ben Grizzle 

11:30AM EDT

Desormeaux, Marc Dupuis

A Citizen-Science Case Study: Using a Facebook Group for Turtle Nest Monitoring and Protection

Marc Dupuis-Désormeaux

11:45AM EDT



Physiology and Disease


McKnight, Donald

 Leech Removal is Not the Primary Driver of Basking Behavior in Freshwater Turtles

Donald McKnight/Eric Nordberg 

12:00PM EDT

Nordberg, Eric
Chen, Pelk Nyok

Microbiota Occurrence During COVID-19 at the Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) Hatchery in Malaysia. Is This the New Norm?

Pelf-Nyok Chen

12:15PM EDT

Sethna, Jaydn

Independent Loss of Cloacal Bursae and Age-Dependent Surfacing Postures in Diamond-backed Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin)

Jadyn Sethna

12:30PM EDT

Cerdan, Isaura

Incubation Temperature Effect on Embryo Development Success of Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

Isaura Cerdan

12:45PM EDT

Adamovicz, Laura

Health and Disease in Free-Living Eastern (Terrapene carolina carolina) and Ornate (Terrapene ornata) Box Turtles: Perspectives from the Wellness of Wildlife Project

Laura Adamovicz

1:00PM EDT 

African Chelonians


Ihlow, Flora

What We Know About the Savannah Species of Hinge-back Tortoises (Kinixys)? A Field Research Report from South Africa

Flora Ihlow

1:15PM EDT

Dendi, Daniele

A Commentary of the Economic Correlates of Hinge-back Tortoises (Kinixys) Trade as a Tool for a Conservation Strategy

Daniele Dendi 

1:30PM EDT  

Luiselli, Luca

On the Threats Affecting the Nubian Flapshell Turtle (Cyclanorbis elegans) in South Sudan

Luca Luiselli 

1:45PM EDT

Petrozzi, Fabio

Ecological Niche Modelling Highlights the Potential Reintroduction Areas for African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) in a Climate Change Scenario

Fabio Petrozzi 

2:00PM EDT 

Vamberger, Melita

The Mysterious Helmeted Terrapin (Pelomedusa) Species: Latest Insights from Southern Africa

Melita Vamberger

2:15PM EDT

Click HERE for the full program.




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