Swimming on a Changing Tide

Meeting Registration

The Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network (SERSTN) values your participation in the 4th Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting and we want to ensure that you receive maximum return for your registration fee. We have contracted with the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes for meeting space and accommodations. Only by booking a room at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, will you be entitled to the discounted registration fee. When you stay at the host hotel you will be supporting SERSTN and our ability to provide a top-quality meeting for years to come. We look forward to seeing you in Myrtle Beach in February 2018!

Want to submit an Abstract? Once you register you will be provided with a link to the Abstract Submission System. You will be need to setup an account and enter your Meeting Confirmation Number from your completed registration.

Sincerely, SERSTN Board of Directors

Online Registration will close at midnight on February 2, 2018. On-site Registration will be available.
Questions about registration? Send an email to registrar@serstm.org.

Your Information
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Registration Information (Early registration rates available until December 6, 2017)
Please check the appropriate registration category below. Please note: Select the Host Hotel Rate only if you will be staying at Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. If you select the "Host Hotel Rate (Staying at Event Hotel)" and you do not stay at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, you will be responsible for paying the difference in registration costs when you arrive at the meeting. Full registration includes admittance to the Opening Social (Tuesday) and Closing Social (Thursday) and all workshops except for Fly for Conservation: Drone Building and Flying (requires separate registration and fee, see below). For those purchasing single day passes, tickets for the Opening Social and Closing Social will be available for purchase on site at a cost of $40 per ticket, cash sales only.
      Regular Rate (Not Staying at Event Hotel) - $375
      Regular Host Hotel Rate (Staying at Event Hotel) - $275

      Student Rate (Not Staying at Event Hotel) - $200
      Student Host Hotel Rate (Staying at Event Hotel) - $150

      Single Day, Tuesdayincludes admittance to all workshops except the Fly for Conservation (drone) Workshop (separate registration and fee), access to Exhibitors/Vendors, Poster Room, Silent Auction, morning and afternoon coffee breaks. - $175
      Single Day, Wednesdayincludes admittance to the general session on Wednesday with Keynote Speaker David Helvarg of Blue Frefrontier (https://bluefront.org/about-us/), Exhibitors/Vendors, the Poster Room, Silent Auction, morning and afternoon coffee breaks. - $175
      Single Day, ThursdayFriday Schedule* Oral Presentations
* Poster Presentations
* Silent Auction - bidding closes at the end of the afternoon break, all items must be picked up by the end of Friday's events
* Exhibitor & Vendors open
* Closing Ceremony (Not included with Day Pass)
- $175

      I would like to Sponsor the meeting, but I am not able to attend.
To make your hotel reservation, go follw the link to 2018 SERSTM Hotel Reservations. 2018 SERSTM group discounted room rates - $139 for single/double/triple/quad occupancy, plus a reduced $10 Resort Fee. Daily parking fees have been waived (FULL DETAILS)
Name Badge (Edit if you want something different on your Name Badge)

Yes, I am interested in Volunteering at the 2018 SERSTM.
Yes, I would like to purchase a SERSTM T-shirt. ($20 for S, M, L and XL, $22.00 for XXL) - Deadline to purchase t-shirts online is January 1. We will have a limited quantity available for on-site purchase.

Workshops (Tuesday, 13 February)
Workshops will be held on Tuesday, Feb 13, except for the Fly for Conservation Hands-on Drone Building & Flying Workshop, which will be both Monday Feb 12 and Tuesday, Feb 13. Please check the workshop(s) you would like to attend. (FULL DETAILS)
Workshops included with Full Registration:
      Current Issues and Recent Developments in Sea Turtle Health and RehabilitationCurrent Issues and Recent Developments in Sea Turtle Health and RehabilitationBrian Stacy, DVM, PhD and Terry Norton, DVM, DACZM - This lecture-based workshop will include presentations on select topics in sea turtle health and rehabilitation, focusing on current issues and recent developments. Specific topical areas to be covered will include causes of sea turtle strandings, current therapy, and hot topics in sea turtle rehabilitation. There will also be a group discussion on "Things that work and things that don't". We ask for workshop participants prepare for this ahead of time. Brian Stacy, DVM, PhD and Terry Norton, DVM, DACZM will lead the workshop with other selected speakers. This will be an all day workshop. (Full Day, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.)
      Careers with Sea Turtles: Living your PassionCareers with Sea Turtles: Living your Passion Annie Paige-Karjian, David Godfrey, Nikki Desjardin, Allen Foley - This workshop will explore careers in the world of sea turtle conservation that are not centered around research in an academic setting. Aimed at students, trainees and mid-career professionals considering a change, this half day session on Tuesday, February 13th (am) will include presentations and group discussions about alternative professions focused on sea turtle monitoring, research, conservation, education and advocacy. What is the job like on a day to day basis? What are the rewards and pitfalls? How should one prepare for a similar career trajectory? Come get a firsthand glimpse of what it is like to work as a research veterinarian, for an environmental consulting firm, a non-profit organization, or a government agency. (Half Day, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.)
      Workshop on Effective Political Advocacy WorkWorkshop on Effective Political Advocacy Work David Helvarg, Blue Frontier, Representatives, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League - This workshop will explore political advocacy in advancing science-based marine conservation projects such as sea turtle conservation. It will help participants better understand state and federal policymaking, different forms of field organizing, citizen lobbying at the state level in the Southeast and at the federal level with agencies and on Capitol Hill. It will also review new challenges in confronting the radical shift in Ocean Policy that has taken place between the Obama and Trump administrations. Some role-playing and lots of interactive discussion will take place. (Half Day, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.)
      Organizing Volunteers on Sea Turtle ProjectsOrganizing Volunteers on Sea Turtle Projects Jeannie Martin, local groups- Thousands of volunteers work with sea turtles from Virginia through Texas, and they play a vital role for conservation and management of sea turtles in the SE Region. Their duties include (but are not limited to): monitoring and protecting nests, surveying for stranded sea turtles, sea turtle rehabilitation and release, public awareness and education, and data collection/submission. While the organization and coordination of volunteers varies across the region, there are many common themes and issues that all volunteers groups must address. The aim of our workshop is to provide a venue for discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences among different volunteer groups, in order to learn from each other. Topics for discussion may include: designing and implementing education campaigns, ways to engage episodic volunteers, organizational tools or needs, dealing with difficult volunteers. etc. (Half Day, 1:00 pm - 5: pm.)
      Detection Dogs for ConservationDetection Dogs for Conservation Rachel Smith, Blair Witherington, Pepe Peruyero, Rebekah Lindborg (and featuring Captain Ron)- Disneys Conservation Team, in partnership with Pepedogs, has trained and implemented a scent detection dog to conduct both sea turtle nest surveys and gopher tortoise census surveys. After completing an initial proof-of-concept with a beagle from Pepedogs, we adopted our own rescue dog and have taken on all aspects of her care and behavioral maintenance. Here, we describe the necessary steps to acquiring, training, and maintaining a scent detection dog, as well as permitting guidance for using detection dogs to conserve endangered species like sea turtles. Is a scent detection dog the right decision for your program? We are here to help you answer that question! Please join us to learn about the benefits (and additional responsibilities) of this new frontier in conservation. (Half Day, 1:00 pm - 5: pm.)
If you select a workshop listed above, you will receive a follow-up email with additional workshop details and information.
Exhibitor/Vendor Registration
Please check the appropriate box below. Each Exhibitor/Vendor space will consist of three 6 ft x 18 inch draped and skirted tables, with the option of a fourth at no charge. (FULL DETAILS)
      For Profit Space - $425
      Non-Profit Space - $125
Please consider Sponsoring the Meeting by selecting a tax-deductible sponsorship level and donation amount below: (Learn more about Sponsorships)
Patron (up to $249) - General support for the meeting. Will be recognized in the 2018 SERSTM Program.
Ridley ($250 - $499) - General Sponsorship. Your organization or company logo will be displayed in meeting materials.
Loggerhead ($500 - $999) - Help sponsor the morning Coffee Breaks and a placard with your organization or company name will be prominently displayed.
Green ($1,000 - $2,999) - Help sponsor the afternoon Coffee Breaks and logo will receive high visibility at the afternoon Coffee Breaks.
Leatherback ($3,000 - $4,999) - Will receive all of the above recognition and will also have their logo/name printed on the registration give-away.
Archelon ($5,000 and above) - Will receive all of the recognition above plus will have their logo/name printed on the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting t-shirts. Archelon sponsors will also receive two complimentary registrations, which includes access to all meeting functions.
Refreshment Sponsor ($800) - Includes your logo prominently displayed at one of the social events.

     Enter Sponsorship Amount: $.00

Cancellation Policy
Registrants may request a cancellation until January 8, 2018.
Please note: A 10% fee will be charged against all cancellations to cover processing costs.