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Poster Presentations

Posters will be on display during Exhibit Hall Hours in the rear of the Exhibit Hall. The authors of each poster will be present for discussion during the Poster Reception, Wednesday, August 31, 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

Assessing Institutional Animal Welfare Using Alchemer, R Statistical Software, and R Shiny

  • Ryan Nugent

Assessing Vocal Behavior of the Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki)

  • Alan Zigler

Comparison of the Metabolic and Physical Performance of White-footed Mice in Laboratory, Semi-natural, and Wild Populations

  • KayLene Yamada

Don’t Read the Label: Shifting Negative Labels Into Tools

  • Caileigh Felker

Effect of a Conditioned Reinforcer and Schedules of Reinforcement on the Maintenance of Trained Behaviors in Goats

  • Rebecca Young, MSc
  • Allison L. Martin, PhD
  • Marieke Gartner, PhD
  • Mollie A. Bloomsmith, PhD

Establishment of an Adequate Diet in Giant Anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) Under Human Care at the Cali Zoo, Colombia

  • Dave Wehdeking
  • Sandra Gomez
  • Diego Giron
  • Jhon Sebastian Quintero

Everyone Appreciates a Soft Bed: A Novel, Sand Substrate Can Improve Overnight Welfare of Zoo-managed African Elephants

  • Cassidy Hubbard

Friend or Foe? A Study of the Interactions Between Zoo and Wild Ravens (Corvus corax)

  • Alexandra Carlotto

Gradual Increase of a Population’s Welfare Indicator Over the Last Century

  • Morgane Tidière

Heeding the Call: PMCTrack 2.0’s New Features That Support Population Management for SSPs

  • Raven Spencer

If You Give a Monkey an iPad

  • Victoria Pellegatto

Integral Management of Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus) Against Self-mutilation Behaviors in the Cali Zoo

  • Dave Wehdeking
  • Isabel Rivera
  • Jose Ayala

Introduction of an Adult Male Elephant To Older Females

  • Cathleen Cox

Investigation of Factors Associated With Reproductive Disease in African Painted Dogs (Lycaon pictus) At AZA Institutions

  • Monica McDonald

Keeper Presence and Reliability on Observed Behaviors

  • Eridia Pacheco

People Aren’t the Only Ones Who Visit the Zoo

  • Christina De Angelis

Performance on a Cooperative Task by Zoo-housed African Elephants

  • Lauren Highfill

Seasonal Feeding in Captive Giraffes and the Effects on Body Condition, Weight, and Cortisol Levels

  • Kirsten Reinhart

Snakes on Film: Validating Welfare Assessment for Timber Rattlesnakes

  • Meredith Bashaw
  • Shannan Davidow
  • Maya Clark
  • William Li
  • Sophia Mucciolo
  • Marta Bakaj
  • Sara Dollen
  • Joseph Whitehead

The Analysis of Fecal PGFM Concentrations as a Pregnancy Marker for Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus)

  • Maria Luna Rodrigo

The Effects of Browse Availability on Oral Stereotypies and Guest Interaction With Giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  • Jessica DiCola

The Positive Reinforcement Training and Blood Collection in Endangered Bears

  • Sun-Ye Chu

The RIT Cognitive Research Program With North American River Otters (Lontra canadensis) At the Seneca Park Zoo

  • Caroline DeLong

Why SSP Breeding and Transfer Recommendations Go Unfulfilled: Reasons From Institutional Representatives Using PMCTrack 2.0

  • Nicole Kuykendall

Aquarium Affairs

Using a One Welfare-based Ecosystem Model To Assess Harvesting of Fishes for Public Aquariums

  • Brittany Fischer

Business Operations

Catalyzing Awareness to Action in Saint Louis Zoo Leadership

  • Erin Tate



A Novel Method for the Diagnosis of Pregnancy in the Endangered Herbivores by an Non-invasive Determination of Fecal Estriol Metabolites

  • So-Young Jung

Cali Zoo Conservation Program for Lehman´s Poison Frog (Oophaga lehmanni)

  • Carlos Galvis

Discovery of Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) Candidate Risk Genes in Fishing Cats (Prionailurus viverrinus) Managed Within North American Zoos

  • Rachel Carroll, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri
  • Leslie A. Lyons, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri
  • William Swanson, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Tyler Boyd, Fishing Cat Species Survival Plan Program Leader, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Anna Chaney, Cat Country and Zambezi River Hippo Camp, Memphis Zoo
  • Megan Foley, Cat Country, Memphis Zoo
  • Karen Terio, Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois
  • Wesley C. Warren, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Exploration of the Genetics of a Unique Macaque (Macaca arctoides)

  • Taylor Papstein-Novak

Idaho Falls Zoo’s Model for Inspiring Conservation Through Empathy

  • Sunny Katseanes  

Models Zoos Use to Directly Support Conservation Work and Bridge Communication and Public Perception

  • Olaoluwa Oginni

Saving People, Chimpanzees and the Planet With Paper Beads

  • Adrienne Mrsny

Development/Fundraising & Membership

Improving Zoo Memberships by Connecting People With Conservation

  • Kensie Murray

Strides for Snow Leopards - How a Global Fundraising Event Can Bring People Together

  • Jennifer Snell Rullman


Conserving Gorillas and Connecting Students Across Continents

  • Laurie Cummins

Creation of a Native Backyard Habitat

  • Cher Vatalaro

How COVID-19 Impacted Environmental Science Learning Ecosystems

  • Amanda Lindell

Learning From Success: Case Study the Safari High-school

  • Oren Ben-Yosef

Trends & More

Zooscape Ecology: A Conceptual Analysis of Zoos and Landscape Ecology

  • Daniel Bisgrove

Workplace Culture, Staff Engagement & Professional Development

Connecting Workplace Attachment & Pro-environmental Behaviors in Zoo & Aquarium Professionals

  • Brittany Murphy

Integrating AAZK as Part of Your Institutional Professional Development Program

  • Paul Brandenburger

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