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Poster Presentations


Posters will be on display during Exhibit Hall Hours in the rear of the Exhibit Hall.  Authors of each poster will be present for discussion during the Poster Reception, Tuesday, September 12, from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Beer, wine, and light appetizers will be served.

Posters are listed by primary track.

 

 Animal Management, Health & Welfare


Moving the needle toward sustainability: Investigating post-hatch and post-transfer survival in the Blue Grey Tanager (Thraupis episcopus) Species Survival Plan®

  • John Andrews, Population Biologist, AZA Population Management Center, Lincoln Park Zoo

Assessing Welfare of Zoo-housed Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in Different Management Roles

  • Bonnie Baird, Graduate Research Associate, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Solid Foundations: Rearing Australian Marsupials as Animal Ambassadors

  • Deborah Barry, Senior Keeper, Kids Zoo Nature Theatre, Zoos SA
  • Rachel Robbins, Keeper, Nature Theatre/Kids Zoo, Zoos SA

The Response Behaviors of Myrmecophaga tridactyla to Acoustic Stimuli

  • Katherine Biardi, Student, Fairfield University

Enrichment Solutions for Increasing Activity in the North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)

  • John Cahill, Student, Fairfield University

Fecal Glucocorticoid Patterns Among Felids during Quarantine and Animal Transfers

  • Helen Clawitter, Endocrinology Technician, Saint Louis Zoo

Small Tags Have Big Potential for Monitoring Welfare of Cetaceans in Professionally Managed Care

  • Melinda Conners, Postdoctoral Fellow, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
  • Lance Miller, Sr. Director of Animal Welfare, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
  • K Alex Shorter, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • Rita Stacey, Curator of Marine Mammals, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo
  • Joaquin Gabaldon, Robotics Institute, PhD Student, University of Michigan
  • Ding Zhang, Mechanical Engineering Department, PhD Student, University of Michigan

Effective Mission-based Communication Methodology from the National Association for Interpretation

  • Andre Copeland, Interpretive Programs Manager, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Anoa Conservation through Fecal Hormone Analysis and Modifications to Domestic Cattle Assisted Reproductive Techniques

  • Molly Corder, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Zoo-Wide Studies - A  Widely Applicable Protocol Used for Documenting Animal Activity, Habitat Utilization, Visitor Effects & More

  • Cathleen Cox, Research Director, Los Angeles Zoo
  • Ruth Yakushiji, Research Department, Los Angeles Zoo

Effects of Visitor Presence on the Behavior of Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) and California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus)

  • Amber de Vere, PhD Candidate, Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi

Stereotypic Behavior Study in 0.1 Jaguar (Panthera onca)

  • Ellen Dreyer, Animal Behavior and Wellness Coordinator, Brevard Zoo
  • Michelle Smurl, Director of Animal Programs, Brevard Zoo
  • Darby Proctor, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology

Expect the Unexpected: Number of Stressful Events is not Associated with Cortisol in Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

  • Ashley Edes, PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University
  • Barbara Wolfe, Chief Scientific Officer, Morris Animal Foundation
  • Douglas Crews, Professor, The Ohio State University

Tank Utilization of the Southern Stingray (Dasyatis americana) and the Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera bonasus)

  • Delaney Galbraith, Student, Otterbein University

Making the Most of Enrichment: Timing and Category of Enrichment Influence Its Efficacy

  • Francesca Golus, Undergraduate Student Research Collaborator, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

Welfare Assessment Using Infrared Thermography and Oxytocin During a Giraffe Feeding Program with Visitors

  • Matthew Heintz, Animal Welfare Research Associate, Detroit Zoological Society

Differential Feeding Study on Social Carnivores

  • Anya Hunter, Master's Student in Zoological Management, Colorado State University
  • Matthew Lenyo, Assistant Curator of Predators, Denver Zoo
Passive Obligatory Heterothermy in the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis)
  • Vaughan Langman, Research Biophysicist, USDA

Solar Radiation Absorptance by Animal Coats

  • Vaughan Langman, Research Biophysicist, USDA

Enhancing Welfare of Program Animals

  • Gail Laule, Director Animal Presentations, Singapore Zoological Gardens

Effects of Visual Environmental Enrichment on the Behavior of Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Rough-toothed (Steno bredanensis) Dolphins: Examining Habituation and the Validity of Caretaker Ratings

  • Malin Lilley, Graduate Student, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Amber de Vere, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Deirdre Yeater, Sacred Heart University

Domestication Processes in Captive-bred Amphibians and its Implications for Reintroductions

  • Luke Linhoff, Research Fellow, Florida International University

Developing Reid Park Zoo's Browse Program

  • Savannah Lohse, Elephant Keeper, Reid Park Zoo

Exploring the Formation, Maintenance, and Termination of Visitor-animal Bonds

  • Selenia Murillo, Zookeeper Aide, Zoo Miami

Superstitious Behavior in Asian Small-clawed Otters

  • Hannah Musser, Former Animal Behavior Research Intern & Student, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo & Otterbein University
  • Dr. Lance Miller, Senior Director, Animal Welfare Research, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Resolving Incomplete Pedigrees with Molecular Data

  • Anita Norman, Postdoctoral Research Associate, San Diego Zoo Global

Does Enrichment Reduce Negative End-of-day Behaviors in Large Carnivores?

  • Taylor Orr, Undergraduate Student Research Collaborator, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

Understanding and Analyzing Patterns in Life Expectancies for Zoo Animal Populations

  • Kaitlyn Perišin, Research Biologist, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Judy Che-Castaldo, Research Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Lisa Faust, Vice President of Conservation and Science, Lincoln Park Zoo

Measuring Chronic Stress: Allostatic Load in Ring-Tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta) and its Application in Animal Welfare and Conservation

  • Katie Seeley, Veterinarian, The Ohio State University/The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/The Wilds
The Effects of Home Range Size on Activity Levels of Zoo Housed Felids
  • Abigail Smith, Student, Otterbein University
  • Amber Wuersig, Student, Otterbein University
  • Caroline Fulmer, Student, Otterbein University

An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Various Reinforcement Techniques on Daily Husbandry and Training Sessions with Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Brandi Taylor, Graduate Student, Colorado State University
  • Cathy Mingee, Ph.D, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Managing Sociality of a Captive Breeding Bornean Orangutan from Pre-gestation to Post-partum at The Smithsonian’s National Zoo

  • Marie Vergamini, Graduate Student, Virginia Commonwealth University

Seasonal Variability in Browse Materials and its Effects on African Elephant Activity Budgets at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  • Elise Willcox, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Using Behavioral Observations of Francois' Langurs to Evaluate Effectiveness of Enrichment

  • Jocelyn Woods, Intern, Lincoln Park Zoo

 

Business Operations


Zoo-Animal Characters Helping Kids Choose Healthy Options

  • Michael Allen, Society Executive Director, Brandywine Zoo

Bringing It All Together - Grassroots Greening

  • Jennifer Daniels, Senior Landscape Architect, Smithsonian National Zoological Park

The Green Guide Comes Alive!

  • Liz Larsen, Director of Conservation, Utah's Hogle Zoo

Money Talks - People, Planet, & Profit

  • Chris Norman, Director of Capital Projects & Sustainability, Akron Zoo

Power of Metrics - Just Getting Started

  • Paige Rudasics, Educator, Abilene Zoological Gardens

Power of People - Getting your Guests to Act on Conservation through Keeper Talks

  • Dave Ruhl, Director of Facilities, Palm Beach Zoo

 

 Conservation


Population Decline of the Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) in Ismailia Governorate: Possible Causes, Conservation and Action Plan

  • Atef Ahmed, Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine/Suez Canal University

Long-Term Monitoring of Ohio's Imperiled Turtles

  • Kent Bekker, Director of Conservation and Research, Toledo Zoo
The Mating Behaviors of the Amur Tiger
  • MaryGrace Burke, Student, Fairfield University

Contribution of Zoos and Aquariums to Endangered Species Recovery in the United States

  • Judy Che-Castaldo, Research Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo

Sibling Rivalry: A Comparison of Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) Twin Behavior

  • Taryn Chudo, Student, Otterbein University
  • James Ayala, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Dr. Hou Rong, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
  • Dr. Anna Young, Associate Professor and Director of the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, Otterbein University

Evolving Partnerships: Sensible Seafood in the Community

  • Leslie Clements, Sensible Seafood Program Coordinator, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
  • Karen Burns, Education Specialist, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Origin and Phylogeography of African Savannah Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Kruger and Nearby Parks in Southern Africa

  • Alida de Flamingh, PhD Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Importance of Monitoring for Making Adaptive Management Decisions for Endangered Species

  • Samantha Fox, Save the Tasmanian Devil Program
  • Billie Lazenby, Save the Tasmanian Devil Program
  • Clare Lawrence, Save the Tasmanian Devil Program
  • Randi Meyerson, Toledo Zoo
Genetic Connectivity Across Marginal Habitats: The Elephants of the Namib Desert
  • Yasuko Ishida, Research Specialist in Life Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

How Can US Zoos do More to Support Small Mammal Conservation?

  • Ros Kennerley, Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Lucy Read, MSc. Student, Imperial College London
  • Jeff Dawson, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Richard Young, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
How Will the Giraffe SAFE Member-Sponsored Species (SMSS) Program Help Us Save Wild Giraffe?
  • Kristen Lukas, Director of Conservation & Science, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Forming Unusual Partnerships to Save Critical Habitat for Critically Endangered Amphibians
  • Carlos Cesar Martinez Rivera, Amphibian Conservation Biologist, Philadelphia Zoo
Conservation Impacts of Zoos: Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished?
  • Lily Maynard, PhD Candidate, University of Florida

Action Indonesia: Banteng, Anoa and Babirusa Global Species Management Plan Updates

  • Steve Metzler, Animal Care Manager-Mammals, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

First Successful Foster of Captive-born Mexican Wolf Pups into a Wild Litter

  • Regina Mossotti, Director of Animal Care and Conservation, Endangered Wolf Center

Evolution and Phylogeography of African Elephant Mitochondrial Genomes

  • Tolulope Perrin-Stowe, PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saving the Rarest Antelope on Earth: Addax Status Updates from Niger and Chad

  • Thomas Rabeil, Regional Program Officer, Sahara Conservation Fund

Pack H2O and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - A Unique and Effective Collaboration

  • Barbara Revard, Director of Sustainability, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Nadya Bennett, Content Designer, Evaluation and Research, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Coral Restoration: The Future Is...Resilient

  • Kayla Ripple, Science Program Manager, Coral Restoration Foundation

California Red-legged Frog Translocation: Low-budget Partnership Breeds Success

  • Estelle Sandhaus, Director of Conservation & Research, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Kelly Garner, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Devon Pryor, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Katy Delaney, National Park Service
  • Mark Mendelsohn, National Park Service
  • Mark Heully, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Julie Barnes, Santa Barbara Zoo
Influence of Ecological Light Pollution on Mate Choice Behavior of Female Eastern Gray Treefrogs (Hyla versicolor)
  • Victoria Underhill, Master's Student, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Rare and Endangered Butterfly Conservation at The Toledo Zoo

  • Ryan Walsh, Conservation Coordinator, Toledo Zoo
An Incentivized Community Health Care Program Transforming Logging Families’ Lives and Saving Orangutans in Borneo
  • Dr. Jeff Wyatt, Director of Wildlife Health & Conservation, Seneca Park Zoo

Evidence for Vocal Dialects in the Endangered Cape Parrot

  • Anna Young, Associate Professor and Director of the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, Otterbein University
  • Delaney Galbraith, Student, Otterbein University
  • Johann Carstens, The Cape Parrot Research Manager, Wild Bird Trust
  • Jessica Stiles, Student, Otterbein University
  • Kirsten Wimberger, The Cape Parrot Project Director, Wild Bird Trust
 

Development/Fundraising & Membership


The Role of Crowdfunding and Alternative Revenue Streams in AZA Institutions

  • Catie Barber, Graduate Student, Colorado State University


 Education


Snakes, Lizards, Tortoises?: Interpreting Visitor Perceptions of Reptiles to Improve a Conservation Message

  • Cassandra Backman, Masters Student, The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Gardens

A Competency-Based Model for Family Nature Play Educators

  • David Becker, Senior Manager, Learning Experiences, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Interpreting Experiences: the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Recipe for Success

  • Shasta Bray, Manager of Interpretive Exhibits, Visitor Research, Conservation Comm & Fun, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The Maritime Aquarium's School-to-Work Internship: Preparing High School Students for Success in College and the Workplace
  • Bridget Cervero, Education Supervisor, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Coordinating And Simulating Antivenom Delivery and Post-Bite Care Through the Development and Practice of a Repetitive Live Stakeholder Drill

  • Nereia Cormier, Chief Operating Officer, Emergent Medical Consultants of Tampa (EMCOT)

Win-win Collaboration: Establishing an Applied Research Program with a Regional Public University

  • Jodee Hunt, Professor of Biology, Grand Valley State University

A Zoo Crocodile’s Adventures in Conservation Engagement through Social Media

  • Yvette Mendez, Interpretive Programs Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
  • Meghan Newman, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
  • Andre Copeland, Interpretive Programs Manager, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
  • Jennifer Matiasek, Research Program Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
  • Lisa-Anne DeGregoria Kelly, Education Research Scientist, Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo

Turtle Power: Achieving Conservation Through Collaboration

  • Keri Lammering, Conservation Education Liaison, Saint Louis Zoo
Zoo Literature Online
  • Mariah Lewis, Metadata Specialist, Biodiversity Heritage Library
Extending Nature Play Through Social Media
  • Becky Lyons, Manager, Child and Family Learning, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Emily Van Laan, Early Childhood and Family Programs Coordinator, Lincoln Park Zoo
Maritime Odyssey Preschool: A New Collaboration Fostering STEM Skills in Early Childhood
  • Lauren Magliola, Early Childhood Specialist, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Using Ecological Identity Trees for Reflection and Impact Evaluation
  • Jennifer Matiasek, Research Program Coordinator, Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Adults Only: Creating Unique Experiences for a Growing 18+ Crowd

  • Megan Medley, Curator of Education, Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society

Are We Following the ROADMAP? A Preliminary Evaluation of Guest Interaction, Program Development, and Learning Outcomes within Denver Zoo

  • Nikki Parker, Graduate Student, Colorado State University
  • Marley Steele-Inama, Director of Audience Research and Evaluation, Denver Zoo

Seafood Wars, A Super Successful Pop Culture Model for Sustainable Seafood Education

  • Leslie Peart, Vice President for Education and Conservation, Texas State Aquarium

Creating an Interpretive Task Force: A Multi-Departmental Collaborative Approach to Interpretive Signs and Interactives

  • Allison Price, Director, Learning Experiences, Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Amanda Berlinski, Manager of Guest Engagement, Lincoln Park Zoo

Seafood Now: Protecting and Restoring Our Blue Planet by Building Awareness in the Tampa Bay Community

  • Heather Segura, Education Curriculum Manager, The Florida Aquarium

Going to School at the Zoo: Creating the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders Through Intensive School Partnerships

  • Melinda Sievert Shutler, Education Program Coordinator, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

The Climate Sign: Giving Visitors A Way To Engage After They Have Left the Premises

  • Sarah Voska, Student, University of Wisconsin-Parkside - Care About Climate


Volunteer & Docent Management


Long Term Volunteer Learning and Motivation: Impacts of Reflective Practice Development on Interpretive Practice in an Informal Learning Environment

  • Cassandra Davis, Education Volunteer Coordinator, Aquarium of the Pacific

Denver Zoo High School Internship - Your Adventure Starts Here!

  • Tracy Vlnicka, Teen Programs Manager, Denver Zoo
 

Trends & More


The Zoo and Aquarium Focused Interest Group (ZAFIG): Where We Started…What We Have Accomplished…Where We Are Headed

  • Nadya Bennett, Content Designer, Evaluation and Research, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Put That Clipboard Down! Creating and Testing Alternative Methodologies for On-Grounds Evaluations

  • Allison Blackley, Evaluation Team, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Emily Grover, Evaluation Team, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Julianne Werts, Evaluation Team, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Nadya Bennett, Content Designer, Evaluation and Research, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Wayfinding in a Multi-lingual Environment

  • Tim Goecke, Exhibit Designer, Smithsonian Institution

Influence of Zoo Exhibit Design on Visitor Empathy for Wildlife

  • Emily Grover, Graduate Student, The Ohio State University/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Can Climbing Alongside Goats in Texas Bring Rain in Africa?

  • Marie Eve Poirier, Curator of Children's Zoo, Dallas Zoo
  • Melissa Medlen, Supervisor of Interpretive Programs, Lacerte Family Children Zoo, Dallas Zoo

Getting to Know Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Guests - Compiling Over Four Years of Wild Data

  • Julianne Werts, Evaluation and Research Intern, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Allison Blackley, Evaluation Team, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Emily Grover, Evaluation Team, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Nadya Bennett, Content Designer, Evaluation and Research, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Far From The Norm: Weaving Unique Research and Evaluation Methods into all Aspects of Zoo Activities/Operations
  • Mary Ann Wojton, Research Associate, Lifelong Learning Group
  • Nadya Bennett, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Nicolette Michelle Canzoneri, Oregon State University
  • Joy Kubarek, Peer Associates
  • Amy Niedbalski, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Kelly Riedinger, Oregon State University


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