The Program Committee will select abstracts submitted in the following categories:
SPECIAL SESSION ON THE SCIENCE IN SUPPORT OF RECOVERY
This session will include talks related to reducing threats to sea turtles and enhancing population recovery, including bycatch reduction, restoration science in the Gulf of Mexico, health and disease research or mortality investigations not covered in other sessions, and population assessments, including genetics. Research that provides information that can be used to reduce threats, determine the status of a population, or monitor/understand threats will also be considered.
SPECIAL SESSION ON THE CHANGING CLIMATE
This session highlights research on the current and future potential impacts of a warming planet and rising seas on both sea turtles and sea turtle habitats at all life stages from egg to adult. A focus on effects that will be relevant to populations in the southeastern United States is preferred.
SPECIAL SESSION ON SUSTAINABLE BEACHES: NOURISHMENT AND ARMORING
This session highlights research on impacts from hard structures such as coastal armoring and breakwaters or from sand placement via beach nourishment, sand bypassing, and dune restoration on marine turtle nesting, reproductive success, and resiliency of the nesting beach.
SPECIAL SESSION ON TOXICOLOGY AND POLLUTION IMPACTS
This session highlights effects from contaminant exposure, including inorganic and organic contaminants, natural biotoxins, and plastics, in addition to effects on health and reproduction in marine turtles and model organisms. A focus on animals sampled in the southeastern United States is preferred. Studies that document baseline concentrations of new and emerging contaminants will also be considered.
FORAGING AND DEVELOPMENTAL HABITATS
This session highlights research on populations of sea turtles in oceanic, coastal, or other foraging habitats; topics may include abundance assessments, in-water mortality rates and sources, growth data, tracking, and identification of foraging and developmental habitats.
NESTING BEACHES AND HATCHLING PRODUCTION
This session highlights 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 in the southeast U.S.
BEHAVIOR AND ECOLOGY
The Behavior and Ecology session will include development of behavior, orientation and navigation, migration, male vs. female ecology and behavior, mating systems, normal and abnormal behavior, molecular ecology, predator-prey interactions and predation, niches, behavioral ecology, resilience, developmental ecology, ecosytems and communities, trophic interactions, and population modeling. Other related topics will be considered.
SPECIAL SESSION: SELECTED STUDENT ABSTRACTS
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 Awards. Students interested in being considered for the Boyd Lyon Awards or for this Special Session should be certain to check the “Student” box of the registration form.