Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Health Workshop
Terry Norton, DVM, DACZM

Tuesday, February 4; 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The workshop will be a mix of clinically applied topics such as husbandry, nutrition, critical care, pain management, therapeutics, anesthesia and surgery to updates on current research to population health, and broader topics such as cold stunning management, infectious disease, and other relevant topics. The topics to be discussed will be finalized once the speaker list has been finalized but is sure to be very informative. This workshop requires audience participation and attendees will be required prepare information to present in the “What went well and what did not go so well…”  session. Be prepared to send Dr. Norton 1 or 2 slides for a group presentation for this part of the workshop. We want there to be lots of discussion and ideas presented.


Learning to Adapt: Molding Our Grants for Various Agencies
Rebecca Mott, Rachel Smith, Kendra Cope

Tuesday, February 4; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Maximum of 18 people – FULL)

The goal of this workshop is to highlight the importance of framing your message when writing a grant to various funding agencies.  Each granting agency looks for something slightly different in the way of reach, deliverables, outcomes, and tone.  This workshop will allow participants a glimpse into the inner workings of these agencies to learn exactly what they’re looking for in the perfect recipient.  Participants will be able to workshop grant ideas with each funding agency and adapt their grant as needed.  Attendees will walk away with the tools to be able to modify a single grant to accommodate a number of audiences, increasing their likelihood of securing funding for their project. This workshop as a maximum of 18 people, and is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Taking the plunge: A workshop on the basics of social science survey design
Aliki Panagopoulou and Zoё A. Meletis

Tuesday, February 4; 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Social science research is critical when it comes to the study of socio-economic aspects of conservation and the successful implementation of management policies. As trained social scientists, we want to provide some background, share our experiences and have an interactive workshop that will serve as a crash course on how to conduct social science research. The workshop will: 1) explore the IMPORTANT BASICS of survey terminology, ethics, design, and expectations for survey data; 2) consider and discuss examples drawn from actual and fictional surveys; 3) allow time for consultation and collaboration on existing/in development surveys (surveys in progress; past surveys; outlines for future surveys).  The emphasis will be on qualitative question design, and on interviewer-administered (person to person) surveys.  PLEASE BRING SURVEYS WITH YOU.  If you have no survey to bring, you can partner with another participant, and collaborate on their survey. You will NOT leave as a fully-trained survey-ready expert.  You will, learn about, discuss, and try to integrate key considerations of social science survey design into actual surveys, with assistance from trained experts.


We Can Do It: Navigating the Waters of STEM as Women
Rachel Smith, Kim Sonderman, Rebecca Mott

Tuesday, February 4; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The overarching goal of this workshop is to facilitate a discussion around areas of opportunity for women in the sciences, with an objective of highlighting specific challenges faced by those in the sea turtle community. We will offer a panel with representation from the following categories, the purpose of which is to gain a greater understanding of challenges faced by women and to collectively partner on solutions: Women in high-level careers, women in entry-level jobs, women of color, women with and without children, women in male-dominated workplaces, and men serving as allies within these communities. Finally, we will offer several breakout sessions for a deep-dive into key issues facing women today, such as overcoming self-criticism and the impact of early childhood education on future opportunity. Ultimately, together we will devise a strategic plan created to ensure that women are given equal opportunity in all areas of our field.


Considering Predator Management in Protected Areas
Organizers: Jamie Kilgo (National Park Service, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate), Elaine Leslie (National Park Service, Chief of Biological Resources), Denise M. Ruffino (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Coastal Ecological Services Field Office)
Presenters: Doug Hoffman (Cumberland Island National Seashore, National Park Service), Philippe Tissot (Conrad Blucher Research Institute, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi), and others TBA

Tuesday, February 4; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Identifying and reducing threats is an essential step in recovering threatened and endangered species. In some area, predation can pose a significant threat to sea turtle eggs and hatchlings; therefore, protection from native and non-native predators may benefit species recovery. The Southeast Region of the National Park Service recently completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) examining a suite of predation management tools and methods at coastal NPS parks with habitats to support species of concern. This workshop will highlight some of the industry-tested best management practices and mitigation measures that can be used to minimize adverse impacts. Management of native and non-native predators in protected areas falls under specific policies and authorizations which will be discussed. This workshop will also examine how distributions for some predators may be shifting in relation to climate change and spatial variability of relative sea level rise. There will be an opportunity for hands on interaction with several predator control capture devices.