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Poster Presentations

For the first time in 75 years, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference will take place as an all-virtual event, September 14-18. The virtual Annual Conference will provide attendees many ways to learn from and connect with their colleagues during a time when leaning on and learning from each other is more important than ever.

A live, virtual Poster Presentation session will take place on Thursday, September 17, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT. Presenters will be given an opportunity to chat live with conference attendees about their posters.

Posters are listed by primary track.


 Animal Management, Health & Welfare

A Buoyancy Compensation Device for a Large Mouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides, to Help Alleviate Negative Buoyancy Disorder

  • Melissa Morrow, Aquarist II, Wonders of Wildlife Aquarium

Changes in Behavior of Male Amur Tigers Following Introduction to John Ball Zoo

  • Caitlin Gerke, Student, Grand Valley University

Characterization of Sand Tiger Shark Enclosure Use and Behavior to Understand Wellbeing and Reproduction

  • Lara Metrione, Research Associate, South-East Zoo Alliance for Reproduction & Conservation

Effect of Age and Captive Environment on Sperm Quality Metrics in Critically Endangered Mississippi Gopher Frogs (Lithobates sevosus)

  • Ashley Watt, PhD Student, University of Windsor

Enclosure Alterations Affect Behavior of Canada Lynx (Lynx canadensis) at John Ball Zoo

  • Hailee Cederquist, Student, Biology Department, Grand Valley State University

Examining Necrotizing Enteritis in Lorikeets

  • David Minich, Veterinary Student, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Examining Penguin Behavior, Pre-Habitat Renovation at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

  • Kelly Jackson, Animal Excellence Assistant, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Hold on Loosely: Handling Reptiles for Better Welfare

  • Meredith Bashaw, Professor, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Stephany Casola, Hackman Research Fellow, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Corey Kreidler, Vivarium Assistant, Franklin and Marshall College
  • Thomas Wolf, Associate Chemist, Eurofins

Impact of Overnight Separation on Wounding Frequency in Bachelor Groups of Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

  • Kylen Gartland, Doctoral Candidate, University of Oregon
  • Jodi Carrigan, Associate Curator of Mammals, Zoo Atlanta
  • Dr. Frances White, Professor and Department Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon

Oral Stereotypies in Captive Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) Associated with Food Intake

  • Rosalyn Pardave, Junior Research, National Agrarian University La Molina

Reproduction in The Southern Tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla): Behavior to Birth

  • Colleen Adams, Interpretive Keeper, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Reproductive Patterns in The Genus Panthera: Does Keeping Animals Under Human Care Influence Litter Size?

  • Johanna Staerk, Conservation Scientist, Species 360

Sex-Specific Actuarial and Reproductive Senescence in Zoo-Housed Tiger

  • Morgane Tidière, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Species 360

The Influence of Crowd Size, Composition, And Noise Levels on Penguin Habitat Use

  • Ashley Edes, Animal Welfare Scientist, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Eli Baskir, Manager of Behavioral Sciences, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Karen L. Bauman, Manager of Reproductive Sciences, Saint Louis Zoo
  • Nathasha Chandrasekharan, Graduate Student
  • Anne Tieber, Curator of Birds, Saint Louis Zoo

The South American Salsa: Evaluating the Behavioral Compatibility of a Giant Anteater and Black Handed Spider Monkeys in a Mixed Species Habitat

  • Victoria Pellegatto, Student, Fairfield University

Unveiling of PMCTrack 2.0: New Features to Help SSP Coordinators, Institutional Liaisons, Institutional Representatives, and TAG Chairs

  • Raven Spencer, Research Coordinator, Lincoln Park Zoo

Wellness for Coyotes: A Case for Evidence-Based Zoo Management

  • Marisa Spain, Wildlife Wellness Assistant, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

You Are What You Wear: How do Amur Tigers Distinguish Between Humans?

  • Hannah Cullagh, Student, Fairfield University

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: The Behavioral Compatibility Between a Golden Lion Tamarin and a Goeldi’s Marmoset at The Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

  • Kenneth Fernandez, Student, Fairfield University


Energy & Water Conservation in Today's Aquariums

  • Adam Mitchell, Principal, CambridgeSeven
  • Douglas Flandro, Associate, CambridgeSeven

FIshial Recognition

  • Tomas Di Leo, Student, Fairfield University

The Role of Distance Language on Conservation Engagement with the Public

  • Miranda L. Cottrell, Recent Graduate, Eckerd College
  • Erin E. Frick, Ph.D, Assistant Professors of Animal Studies, Eckerd College
  • Maddie W. Ketner, Student, Eckerd College
  • Aimee M. Beliveau, Student, Eckerd College 



Impact of Animal Programming on Human Attitudes of Local Wildlife

  • Ashton Jerger, Student, Otterbein University
  • Dr. Anna Young, Professor and Director, Zoo and Conservation Science Program, Otterbein University
  • Dr. Michele Acker, Professor, Otterbein University
  • Stormy Gibson, Assistant Executive Director, Ohio Wildlife Center
Scan Your Animals and Create a Virtual 3D Experience
  • Nicole Tariverdian, Interactive Producer, RLMG
  • Greg Sprick, Technical Director, RLMG
  • Kasey Cole, Software Developer, RLMG
  • Duncan Irschick, Professor and Director, Digital Life, UMASS Amherst 
  • Jeremy Bot, CG artist, Digital Life UMASS Amherst
  • Johnson Martin, CG artist, Digital Life UMASS Amherst
  • Robert Gutierrez, CG artist, Digital Life UMASS Amherst
  • Krista Weatherford, Director, Programming & Community Engagement, Maymont
  • Joe Neel, Senior Manager of Zoology, Maymont
  • Peggy Singlemann, Director of Park Operations and Horticulture, Maymont

The Value of a Close Encounter

  • Josh Dodson, Interpretation Manager, Indianapolis Zoo

 Public Relations & Marketing

Using Facebook to Promote Conservation Awareness and Action in Zoo Audiences

  • Kathryn Glatfelter, Zookeeper, Denver Zoo and Master's Student, Advanced Inquiry Program - Project Dragonfly, Department of Biology, Miami University
  • Karen Plucinski, Assistant Director, Advanced Inquiry Program - Project Dragonfly, Department of Biology, Miami University

 Trends & More

Seoul Zoo's Process of Becoming AZA Accredited

  • Kyung Yeon Eo, Zoo Director, Seoul Zoo

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