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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, Animal Wellness and Research Assistant, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

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

  • Alan Zigler, Animal Keeper, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
  • Stephanie Straw
  • Isao Tokuda
  • Ellen Bronson
  • Tobias Riede

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

  • KayLene Yamada, Graduate Student, Auburn University

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

  • Caileigh Felker, Animal Keeper - Animal Embassy, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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

  • Rebecca Young, MSc, Associate Curator of Ambassador Animals, Zoo Atlanta
  • Allison L. Martin, PhD
  • Marieke Gartner, PhD
  • Mollie A. Bloomsmith, PhD

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

  • Cassidy Hubbard, M.S. Student, NC State University 

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

  • Alexandra Carlotto, Student, Fairfield University

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

  • Morgane Tidière, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Species360

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

  • Raven Spencer, PMCTrack Coordinator, Lincoln Park Zoo

If You Give A Monkey an iPad: Cognitive Testing and Enrichment in Black-Handed Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)

  • Victoria Pellegatto, Student, Fairfield University

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

  • Dave Wehdeking, Animal Welfare Manager, Zoológico de Cali
  • Isabel Rivera
  • Jose Ayala

Introduction of an Adult Male Elephant To Older Females

  • Cathleen Cox, Research Director, Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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

  • Monica McDonald, Program Scientist, RMC, Saint Louis Zoo

Neonatal Behavioral Development of a Mother-reared Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) Cub at the Detroit Zoo

  • Dr. Kylen Gartland, Manager of Applied Animal Welfare Science, Detroit Zoo

People Aren’t the Only Ones Who Visit the Zoo

  • Christina De Angelis, Student, Fairfield University

Performance on a Cooperative Task by Zoo-housed African Elephants

  • Lauren Highfill, Professor of Psychology and Animal Studies, Eckerd College

Preliminary Findings for Seasonal Diet Shifts for Giraffe at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

  • Kirsten Reinhart, Graduate Student, Coloado State University  

Proper Nutrition for Welfare Improvement of the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga Tridactyla), at Cali Zoo, Colombia

  • Dave Wehdeking, Animal Welfare Manager, Zoológico de Cali
  • Sandra Gomez
  • Diego Giron
  • Jhon Sebastian Quintero

Snakes on Film: Validating Welfare Assessment for Timber Rattlesnakes

  • Meredith Bashaw, Professor, Franklin & Marshall College
  • 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, CREW Schmidlapp Scholar, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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

  • Jessica DiCola, Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Zoo Management Student, Colorado State University

The Effects of Keeper Presence on Observed Behaviors

  • Eridia Pacheco, Graduate Student, University of California - Davis

The Positive Reinforcement Training and Blood Collection in Endangered Bears

  • Sun-Ye Chu, Zookeeper, Seoul Zoo

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

  • Caroline DeLong, Professor of Psychology, Rochester Insitute of Technology
  • Jessica Wegman
  • Catina Wright
  • John Adamski
  • David Hamilton
The Zoo Playlist: How the Amur Tiger and Turkey Vulture Respond to Acoustic Stimuli
  • Sydney Youd, Student, Fairfield University

ZooMonitor Community – A Hub for Multi-institutional Research

  • Jason Wark, Animal Welfare Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo

Aquarium Affairs

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

  • Brittany Fischer, PhD Candidate, Center for Human-Animal Interactions Research & Education at The Ohio State University

Business Operations

Catalyzing Awareness to Action in Saint Louis Zoo Leadership

  • Erin Tate, Conservation Audience Research and Evaluation Associate, Saint Louis Zoo



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

  • Dr. So-Young Jung, Zoo Biologist and Research Council, Seoul Zoo

Building a Better Future With Paper Beads: A Holistic Conservation Program 10 Years Later

  • Adrienne Mrsny, Conservation Manager, Oakland Zoo

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

  • Carlos Galvis, Head of Populations Department, Zoológico de Cali

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

  • Rachel Carroll, Graduate Student, 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

Genetic Characterization of Macaca arctoides: A Highlight of Key Genes and Pathways

  • Taylor Papstein-Novak, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Auburn University

Idaho Falls Zoo’s Model for Inspiring Conservation Through Empathy

  • Sunny Katseanes, Public Engagement Curator, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park 

Love is in the Air! Assessing Mating Compatibility Between White-naped Cranes at the Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

  • Julia Stobierska, Student, Fairfield University

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

  • Olaoluwa Oginni, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Development/Fundraising & Membership

Improving Zoo Memberships by Connecting People With Conservation

  • Kensie Murray, Graduate Student - Professional Science Master's in Zoo, Aquarium, and Animal Shelter Management, Colorado State University

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

  • John Klees, Marketing & Outreach Specialist, Snow Leopard Trust


Conserving Gorillas and Connecting Students Across Continents

  • Laurie Cummins, Education and Community Engagement Manager, Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE) Center

Creation of a Native Backyard Habitat

  • Cher Vatalaro, Director of Conservation Education, Lehigh Valley Zoo

Learning From Success: Case Study the Safari High-school

  • Oren Ben-Yosef, CEO, Safari Zoological Center Ramat Gan

The Impact Of COVID-19: How Environmental Science Learning Ecosystems Changed

  • Amanda Lindell, PhD Candidate, University of California - Davis
Trends & More

Zooscape Ecology: A Conceptual Analysis of Zoos and Landscape Ecology

  • Daniel Bisgrove, PhD Candidate, Arizona State University

Workplace Culture, Staff Engagement & Professional Development

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

  • Brittany Murphy, Wild Animal Keeper, Queens Zoo

Integrating AAZK as Part of Your Institutional Professional Development Program

  • Paul Brandenburger, Animal Keeper I & AAZK President, American Association of Zoo Keepers

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