The Program Committee will select abstracts submitted in the following categories:
RESEARCH PRIORITIES: USING SCIENCE TO MEET CONSERVATION AND RECOVERY GOALS – ARE WE ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS?
This session highlights the influence of management actions on sea turtle conservation, drivers of population dynamics in sea turtles and related relative weighting issues. The session seeks to address assessing the influence of management actions on sea turtle populations given changing environmental conditions across their range.
ADDRESSING DATA GAP IN SPECIES RECOVERY GOALS AND ASSESSING THE INFLUENCE OF RESEARCH ACTIONS
This session will focus on those studies collecting data that specifically addresses species recovery plans and the recovery objectives within these plans, and how these programs communicate their findings to the appropriate agencies that have oversight.
IN-WATER BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY OF SEA TURTLES
This session will focus on foraging, developmental habitats, movement ecology and population biology, but other related topics will be considered (e.g., development of behavior, orientation and navigation, migration, male vs. female ecology and behavior, mating systems, normal and abnormal behavior, predator-prey interactions and predation, niches, behavioral ecology, resilience, developmental ecology, ecosystems and communities, trophic interactions, and population modeling).
NESTING BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
This session will focus on quantitative nesting beach research, including nest surveys, internesting period, remigration intervals, connectivity of nesting grounds to foraging habitats, clutch size, hatching and emerging success, hatchling production, phenology of nesting.
IMPACTS ON NESTING HABITAT AND THREATS TO SEA TURTLE SURVIVAL
This session will highlight issues of nesting habitat and female nesting turtles. Topics include but not limited to light pollution, predation impacts from hard structures such as coastal armoring and breakwaters or from sand placement via beach nourishment, sand by-passing, and dune restoration on marine turtle nesting, reproductive success, and resiliency of nesting beaches.
PHYSIOLOGY AND HEALTH OF SEA TURTLES
Topics within this session will focus on conservation physiology and sea turtle health. Topics include, but are not limited to FP, cold-stunning, impact of pollution, plastics and microplastics on sea turtle health, and ecotoxicology.
STRANDING NETWORKS: GLEANING POPULATION INFORMATION FROM STRANDED SEA TURTLES
This session will highlight the value of data collected from stranding networks for sea turtle recovery, population dynamics and understanding sea turtle natural history. Potential topics include: age and growth, use of biomarkers in foraging and movement ecology, population biology, forensics, anatomy and physiology).
SPECIAL SESSION: SEA TURTLE SCIENCE, RECOVERY AND CONSERVATION IN TEXAS
This session will highlight work and new initiatives being conducted in Texas*. Any area of sea turtle research specific to Texas will be considered including: stranding and salvage, nesting research, beach augmentation (re-nourishment, coastal spine on the upper Texas coast), in-water mark-remark programs, rehabilitation, management in protected areas.
*Abstracts in this session may include work conducted on Kemp’s in Mexico as long as the study has regional-wide impact.
SPECIAL SESSION: THE FUTURE OF SEA TURTLE BIOLOGY-STUDENT RESEARCH
This special session will highlight student-submitted research from the above-listed seven session areas. Student abstracts for this session will be selected by the program committee to be highlighted; abstracts are NOT submitted directly to this session. Selection for this special session will have no bearing on whether students are considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Awards. Students interested in being considered for the Boyd Lyon Student Awards or for this Special Session should be certain to check the “Student” box of the registration form.