Presentations

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Grand Ballroom

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast – Foyer

8:30 AM
Introduction by Jeff Corwin

8:45 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Thane Wibbels; SERSTM President, Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

9:00 AM
Keynote Presentation
Dr. Mariana Fuentes, Associate Professor, Florida State University

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Morning Break – Grand Reef

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
Climate Change
Sessions Chair: Christopher Marshall

10:15 AM
Urban pocket beaches as nesting habitat for marine turtles: their importance and risk from inundation
Kristen Nelson Sella*** | Matthew Ware | Simona A. Ceriani | Niki Desjardin | Scott Eastman | David Addison | Maura Kraus | Robbin Trindell | Mariana M.P.B. Fuentes

10:30 AM
Relocation and flood impacts on Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nest success
Lisa Esposito | Sarah Milton

10:45 AM
Assessment of optimal sea turtle nesting habitat on the upper Texas Coast
Christopher Marshall | Timothy Dellapenna | Justin Wilson | Eliza Perez | Theresa Morris | Kari Howard | Donna Shaver

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Historic Cold Stunning Event 2021
Sessions Chair: Christopher Marshall

11:00 AM
Historic Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) cold stunning event in Texas, February 2021
J. Shelby Walker | Donna J. Shaver | Cynthia Rubio | Hilary R. Frandsen | Mary Kay Skoruppa | Christopher D. Marshall | Jace Tunnell | Alicia M. Walker | Jesse Gilbert | Timothy T. Tristan | Amanda K. Terry | Amy N. Bonka | Wendy Knight | Philippe Tissot

11:15 AM
Eight days and 5,556 sea turtles: community involvement and lessons learned from the February 2021 historic cold stunning event
Amy Bonka | Wendy Knight

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Coastal Restoration, Related Ecosystems, and Species
Sessions Chair: Christopher Marshall

11:30 AM
An analysis of sea turtle nesting before and after a sand placement project in Broward County, FL
Stephanie Roche

11:45 AM
Juvenile Green turtle use of newly-installed artificial reefs in Brevard County, Florida
Karen G Holloway-Adkins | Eric A Reyier | Kori L Johnsen | Mario J Mota

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sea Turtle Science, Recovery and Conservation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Sessions Chair: Elizabeth Bevan

1:30 PM
Sea Turtle Restoration Update: Deepwater Horizon NRDA
Dianne Ingram

1:45 PM
If you build it, they will come: habitat protection and increased sea turtle nesting on the Texas coast since 1980
Donna Shaver | Hilary Frandsen | Cynthia Rubio | Jennifer Shelby Walker | Mary Kay Skoruppa | Christopher D. Marshall | Roland Davis | Curtis Jones | Alicia M. Walker | Amy N. Bonka | Wendy Knight

2:00 PM
Dodging the surf: factors behind the exposure and tolerance of wave wash-over for Loggerhead turtle nests in the northern Gulf of Mexico
Matt Ware

2:15 PM
Northern Gulf of Mexico sea turtle Strandings: a summary of findings and analyses from 2010 – 2022
Lyndsey Howell | Brian Stacy | Robert Hardy | Emma Schultz | Melissa Cook | Zhankun Wang | Mark Lawerence | Mobi Solangi | Debra Moore | Tim Morgan | Stacy Hargrove

2:30 PM
Regional variation in natural and fishery-derived prey of Kemp’s ridleys in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Erin Seney | Sarah A. Shaver | Jennifer L. Rote | Brian A. Stacy

2:45 PM
Reducing lighting impacts on a Gulf of Mexico nesting beach: lessons learned
Robbin Trindell

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break – Grand Reef

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sea Turtles of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
Sessions Chair: Melissa Cook

3:30 PM
Nest distribution and success of Hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, USVI
Makayla Q. Kelso*** | Claudia Lombard | Paul Jobsis | Dante Trivett | Kelly R. Stewart

3:45 PM
Recovery of a megaherbivore: a mechanism for compensatory growth in Caribbean seagrass meadows grazed by Green turtles
Alexandra Gulick*** | Robert Johnson | Clayton Pollock | Zandy Hillis-Starr | Alan Bolten | Karen Bjorndal

4:00 PM
Green sea turtle densities are lower in bays closer to areas of legal harvest in the Northern Virgin Islands: evidence of an evolutionary trap?
Jessica Micheal | Clayton Pollock | Paul Jobsis

4:15 PM
Community science makes a difference: quantifying sea turtle nesting by three species on St. Croix USVI
Kelly Stewart

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Natural History and Biology of Southeastern United States Sea Turtles.
Sessions Chair: Hilary Frandsen

4:30 PM
Tracking adult male sea turtles
Kristen M. Hart | Andrew Crowder | Michael Cherkiss | David Roche | Mathew Denton | Margaret Lamont | Jacquelyn Guzy | Megan Arias | Allison Benscoter | Kelsey Roberts | Haley Turner | Derek Burkholder

4:45 PM
Reproductive characteristics and in-water habitat use of Loggerheads nesting in southeastern Florida
Sarah Hirsch | Derek M. Aoki | Madison Toonder | Kate L. Mansfield | Justin R. Perrault

5:00 PM
Gulf of Mexico Loggerhead sea turtle size-at-age and somatic growth patterns
Larisa Avens | Margaret Lamont | Allen Foley | Ben Higgins | Lyndsey Howell | Gretchen Lovewell | Donna Shaver | Brian Stacy | Shelby Walker

 

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Grand Ballroom

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast – Foyer

8:30 AM
Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Thane Wibbels; SERSTM President

8:45 AM
Keynote Presentation
Dr. Kate Mansfield, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

9:15 AM
Keynote Presentation
Dr. Nia Morales, Assistant Professor, University of Florida

9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Morning Break – Grand Reef

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Sea Turtle Education and Outreach
Sessions Chairs: Rebecca Mott, Rachel Smith, Kelly Thorvalson

10:15 AM
Smashing classroom walls through virtual outreach
Joe Grabowski

10:30 AM
Amigos de Las Tortugas: educating spanish-speaking communities on sea turtle conservation
Yvette Fernandez

10:45 AM
Mission not impossible: using open-ended questions to inform conservation education
Nicole Thomas

11:00 AM
Harnessing education funding to support sea turtle research
Rebecca Mott

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Trophic Ecology Using Stable Isotopes
Sessions Chair: Hannah Vander Zanden

11:15 AM
Dietary plasticity linked to divergent growth trajectories in a critically endangered sea turtle
Matthew D. Ramirez | Larisa Avens | Anne B. Meylan | Donna J. Shaver | Angela R. Stahl | Peter A. Meylan | Jamie M. Clark | Lyndsey N. Howell | Brian A. Stacy | Wendy G. Teas | Kelton W. McMahon

11:30 AM
Foraging ecology of Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) marine turtles in the eastern Gulf of Mexico: insights from stable isotope analysis
Savannah Weber*** | Simona A. Ceriani | Mariana M. P. B. Fuentes

11:45 AM
Fine-scale intraspecific niche partitioning in Loggerhead sea turtles: implications for ecology and conservation
Ian Silver-Gorges*** | Simona A. Ceriani | Mariana M.P.B. Fuentes

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch Break

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Microplastics
Sessions Chairs: Karen Holloway-Adkins and Shanon Gann

1:30 PM
Health implications of near ubiquitous plastic ingestion in post-hatchling sea turtles
Victoria Summers | Samantha Koda | Catherine Eastman | Devon Rollinson Ramia | Narges Mashkour | Keon Beigzadeh | Brian Love | Whitney Crowder | Todd Z. Osborne | David Duffy

1:45 PM Chemical characterization of microplastics in sea turtles by using a novel method of Pyrolysis GC-MS
Ashok Deshpande | Sophia Bickerton | Shigetomo Hirama

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Genetics
Sessions Chairs: Karen Holloway-Adkins and Shanon Gann

2:00 PM
From a grain of sand: monitoring sea turtles and their pathogens via non-invasive environmental DNA analysis of nesting beach sand tracks and oceanic water
David Duffy | Victoria Summers | Samantha Koda | Jessica Farrell | Liam Whitmore | Deborah Feliciano | Brian Shamblin | Catherine Eastman | Devon Rollinson Ramia

2:15 PM
Coastal waters of the United States Gulf of Mexico provide important nursery habitat for Mexico’s Green turtle nesting populations
Brian M. Shamblin | Kristen M. Hart | Margaret M. Lamont | Donna J. Shaver | Peter H. Dutton | Erin L. LaCasella | Andrew G. Crowder | David C. Roche | Campbell J. Nairn

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Health, Disease, and Rehabilitation
Sessions Chairs: Karen Holloway-Adkins and Shanon Gann

2:30 PM
Anatomical evaluation of boat strikes in west central Florida’s sea turtles
Amber Lea D. Kincaid | Jake A. Lasala | Jessica L. Blackburn | Brian A. Stacy | Gretchen N. Lovewell

2:45 PM
In pursuit of reducing rehab burden: a look at the use of immediate release criteria for incidentally hooked sea turtles
Erin B. Bates | Allyson L. McNaughton | Susan G. Barco

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Break – Grand Reef

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Health, Disease, and Rehabilitation, continued
Sessions Chair: Shelby Walker

3:30 PM
Diagnosis, clinical management, and outcome of two cold stunned Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) with Mycobacterium spp. pneumonia
Sean M Perry | Alexa J Delaune | Melissa J Joblon | Kathryn A Tuxbury | Charles J Innis

3:45 PM
Medical use of cold laser therapy of lytic bone lesions in cold-stunned Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles
Debra P. Moore | Christa Barrett | Abbi Smith | Alison Lee

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Natural History and Biology of Southeastern United States Sea Turtles.
Sessions Chairs: Shelby Walker and Christopher Marshall

4:00 PM
Validating radiocarbon aging in sea turtle hatchling eye lenses
Jenna D. Bennett*** | Amy A. Wallace | William F. Patterson, III | Hannah B. Vander Zanden

4:15 PM
A transferable modeling approach to predict habitat selection of Green turtles (Chelonia mydas)
Joshua A Cullen | Margaret Lamont | Christopher Marshall | Camila Domit | Christopher Sasso | Mariana M. P. B. Fuentes

4:30 PM
Ghost crab impacts to sea turtle nests and hatchlings on Florida’s Space Coast
Rylie H. MacDonald*** | James D. Roth | Brandon T. Barton | Simona A Ceriani

4:45 PM
Lights, camera, action: insights into the behavior of Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) obtained from animal borne cameras in a foraging area in The Gulf of Mexico
Sophie K. Mills | Ian Silver-Gorges | Nathan J. Robinson | Mariana M. P. B. Fuentes

 

Bold indicates presenting Author, *** Boyd Lyon Student Award Candidate