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Poster Presentations

Posters are listed by primary track.

Optional to participate in, The Poster Buzz is a live 5-minute presentation of a poster, followed by Q&A with attendees. There will be two Poster Buzz sessions throughout the Conference. Both will take place from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, September 21, and Thursday, September 23.


 Animal Management, Health & Welfare

Advancing the Behavioral Welfare of Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii) through the Animal Vending Machine (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Ryann Gregory, Master's Student, Colorado State University

Baseline Activity Budgets for Priority Species

  • Catherine Makofsky, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Do Evening Events Impact Zoo Animal Welfare? (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Cathleen Cox, Zoo Research Director, Los Angeles Zoo
  • Peggy Wu, Research Staff, Los Angeles Zoo

Effects of Dietary Composition on Behavior of Male Gorillas at The Santa Barbara Zoo (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Estelle A. Sandhaus, PhD,  Director of Conservation & Science, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Meredith J. Bashaw, PhD , Professor & Associate Chair of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Nadya Seal Faith, MSc , Conservation & Science Associate, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Trent Barnhart, Nutritionist, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Heather Davis Leith , Senior Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Cressa Nursement , Veterinary Technician, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Veronica Ortega , Senior Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Liz Beem, Senior Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Ariel Bailey, Senior Keeper, Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Julie Barnes, BVSc MSc, Vice President of Animal Care & Health, Santa Barbara Zoo

Engineering Students Build Sensor Activated Choice and Control for Animals (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Stephanie Norton, Animal Welfare Specialist, Reid Park Zoo

Environmental Enrichment Factors Associated with Bottlenose Dolphin Energy Expenditure Under Professional Care

  • Lisa Lauderdale, Animal Welfare Scientist, Chicago Zoological Society

Establishing Care Standards and a Biometric Baseline for Popular Marine Invertebrates (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Paul Rosenbaum, Masters Student at Colorado State University for an Aquarium management PSM, Colorado State University

Feeding Regimen and Growth Comparison in Two Related African Painted Dog Litters (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Tammy Cloutier, Antioch University New England
  • Regina Mossotti, Endangered Wolf Center
  • Erin Connett, Endangered Wolf Center
  • Liz Willey, Antioch University New England
  • Beth Kaplin, University of Rwanda
  • Anthony Giordano, S.P.E.C.I.E.S.
  • Greg Rasmussen, Painted Dog Research Trust

Geographic Origin and Genetic Diversity of Angolan Colobus Monkeys (Colobus angolensis) in North American Zoos and Its Implications for Ex-situ Population Management (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Monica McDonald, Program Scientist, AZA Reproductive Management Center RMC at the Saint Louis Zoo

Improving Maned Wolf Health Management through Scat Observation & Scoring Creating a Maned Wolf Fecal Scoring Card (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Ellen Wieczorek, Carnivore Animal Care Intern, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Influence of Feeding Frequency on Thermoregulatory Behavior and Growth Rate in Juvenile Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis) (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Ren García-Hellmuth, Master's Student, Colorado State University
  • Luke Sanders, Student, Colorado State University

Motivating a Dragon (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Timothy Van Loan, Behavior & Enrichment Manager, ABQ BioPark
  • Phillip Mayhew, Reptile Keeper II, ABQ BioPark

S/He's Just Not That into You (Or Your Contraception History): Predictors of Reproductive Success in Asian Small-Clawed Otters (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Ashley Franklin, Program Analyst, AZA Reproductive Management Center at the Saint Louis Zoo

Sex-Differences of Age-Related Survival and Fecundity Rates for the Five Big Cat Species (genus Panthera) Living in Zoos (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Morgane Tidière, Postdoctoral Researcher, Species360 | SDU | CPop

Species360 Conservation Science Alliance - Transforming Global Species Data to Conservation Action (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Johanna Staerk, Conservation Biologist, Species360

The Effect of Novel Enrichment Presentations on Oral Stereotypies in Giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: A Test of Guest Engagement and Overnight Observations

  • Jackelynn Gutierrez, PSM Graduate Student, Colorado State University

The Importance of PMCTrack's Surveys for Population Management

  • Raven Spencer, Research Coordinator, Lincoln Park Zoo

The Role of Caretaker Well-Being in Animal Wellness (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Hollie Colahan, Vice President of Living Collections, Birmingham Zoo
  • Sharon Joseph, Birmingham Zoo

Who's on View at the Zoo? A Look at Current Species Diversity and Collection Trends at AZA Member Facilities (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Megan Brown, Director of Population Management Strategy, Association of Zoos & Aquariums

 Business Operations

Best Practices in Wildlife-Friendly Architecture & Planning (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • James Karl Fischer, Executive Director, The Zoological Lighting Institute


Are We Overestimating Population Numbers from Camera-Trap Surveys?

  • Orjan Johansson, Senior Conservation Sceintist, Snow Leopard Trust

Eliciting Conservation Behavior: An Evidence-Based Approach to Reduce Illegal Trade in The Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus) (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Arlene Cardozo-Urdaneta, Red Siskin Initiative Coordinator, Provita, Venezuela.
  • Ada Y. Sánchez-Mercado, Associated Researcher, Provita, Venezuela.
  • Enrique Azuaje, Red Siskin Conservation Center Curator, Provita, Venezuela.
  • Leonel Ovalles, Head of the Collection Management Department, Bararida Zoological and Botanical Park, Venezuela.
  • María V. Cedeño, Red Siskin Initiative Advisor, Provita, Venezuela.
  • Miguel Arvelo, Red Siskin Initiative Advisor, Provita, Venezuela.
  • Gloria Pino, Associate Professor, Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Venezuela.
  • Kathryn M. Rodríguez-Clark, Population Ecologist, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, USA

 Development/Fundraising & Membership 

Membership Subscription Revenue - The Value and Power of Recurring Revenue (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Leinad Borman, Client Partner, Semnox Solutions LLC


A Two Hour, Small Group Interactive Training Session Improves Interpretive Skills of Guest Facing Staff at Disney?s Animal Kingdom®

  • Austin Leeds, Research Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Filling in the Blanks: Does Knowing What Zoos Do Change How Zoos Do in the Court of Public Opinion?

  • Jordyn Truax, Graduate Student, Oakland University
  • Jennifer Vonk, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Oakland University

Increasing Welfare of Ambassador Raptors via Volunteer Education and Positive Reinforcement Training at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Lindsay Palmer, Education Intern, Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

Relationship Between Working with Professional Evaluators and an Organization's Evaluation Culture

  • Jim Wharton, Director of Conservation Engagement & Learning, Seattle Aquarium

 Trends & More

Head, Shoulders, Foot and Mouth (Poster Buzz - 9/23)

  • Myra Brooks, DVM/MPH Student, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership
  • Corrin Markey, DVM/MPH Student, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership
  • Corwin Martin, DVM/MPH Student, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Partnership

Honoring Award-winning Staff and Volunteers (Poster Buzz - 9/21)

  • Jessica Young, Manager of Exhibit Graphic Design, National Aquarium

Institutional Identity through the Discourse of Zoo Professionals: A Pilot Project

  • Sharon Bowen, PhD student; Education Manager, Antioch University New England; The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

 Volunteer & Intern Engagement

Community Representation Evaluation and Diversification Plan For Butterfly Pavilion Citizen Science Volunteer Pool

  • Olivia Sieverts, Professional Science Masters Student, Butterfly Pavilion

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