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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, September 18, 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 Ambassador Snake Welfare: A Methodological Review and Preliminary Results

  • Kayla Fulkerson, Graduate Researcher, North Carolina State University / North Carolina Zoo

Bone-Appetit: Behavioral Effects of Carcass Feeding in Amur Leopards

  • Avery Schneider, Professional Science Master's in Zoo, Aquarium, and Animal Shelter Management Candidate, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Calculating Clutter: Quantifying the Visual Complexity of Zoo Habitats Using Computational Measures

  • Charles Ritzler, Animal Welfare Scientist, Brookfield Zoo Chicago

Caution, Construction Zone: Building a Better Understanding of the Impact of Zoo Construction on Animal Wellbeing

  • Victoria O'Connor, Supervisor of Enrichment, Training & Wellbeing, Bergen County Zoo

Characterizing Red Panda (Ailurus spp.) Personality Using Novel Object Tests and Keeper-Completed Assessments: Findings, Lessons Learned, and Potential Uses in Evaluating Welfare

  • Sarah Huskisson, PhD Candidate (GMU); Predoctoral Fellow (NZCBI), George Mason University (GMU); Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI)

Current and Future Zoo Collaborations in Genomics and Comparative Medicine

  • Lauren Howard, Chair, Executive Committee, North American EEHV Advisory Group

Digging Deep: An Evaluation of Enrichment Designed To Promote Digging Behavior in a Southern Three-Banded Armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus)

  • Allison Bailey, City Zoos Research Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society

Dummy Eggs for Dummies

  • Kristina Stephens, Animal Care Technician, Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo

Effects of Ambient Temperature on Zoo-Housed Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) Total Energy Expenditure and Behavior

  • Noah Dunham, Research Curator, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) Updates From the North American Eehv Advisory Group

  • Lauren Howard, Chair, Executive Committee, North American EEHV Advisory Group

Environmental Enrichment in Laboratory Zebrafish Decreases Stress and Increases Fecundity

  • Kelly Garvin, Graduate Student, Colorado State University

Exploring Cognitive Bias in Orangutans

  • Eridia Pacheco, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Zoo Atlanta

Feeding Giraffes, Engaging Guests: Exploring Strategies for Increased Participation

  • Kaci Agre, Master's Student, Colorado State University

Hats On, Minds Open: Using 3D Printing To Explore Sea Urchin Behavior and Guest Engagement

  • Samantha Sherry, Masters Candidate, Colorado State University

Improving Wellbeing Through a Free Ranging Habitat

  • Liz DeCosmo, Master's Candidate, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Investigations Into the Efficacies of Popular Estrogen Quantification Techniques for the Amur Tiger

  • Christopher Jackson, Graduate Research Assistant, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Lemur Snack Showdown: Finding the Perfect Balance of Flavor and Nutrition

  • Nathan Ooms, Student, Colorado State University

Local/Global Bias in Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) in an International Zoo Collaboration

  • Laura Castor, Animal Care Supervisor, Edmonton Valley Zoo

Modernizing an Animal Care Committee for a Zoological Institution

  • Carolyn Simonis, Animal Welfare & Safety Coordinator, Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo

Parsing “Shivering” Behavior in Bald Eagle

  • Katie Hall, Director of Animal Behavior and Wellbeing, Minnesota Zoo

Records Management Technology, Applications, Training and Compliance for Animal Records

  • Rae Lynn Haliday, MBA, CRM, CIGO, FAI, Curator, Animal Management Services, Saint Louis Zoo

Responses of Goats and Sheep to Visitors in Contact Area

  • Cathleen Cox, Los Angeles Zoo Research Director, Los Angeles Zoo

Seeing Red: Investigating Red Light Perception and Preference of Naked Mole Rats (Heterocephalus glaber)

  • William Allen, Research Assistant, Zoo Atlanta

Siamang (Symphalangus syndactylus) Interactions With Olfactory and Novel Enrichment

  • Annalise Schaaf, Graduate Candidate, PSM Zoo, Animal Shelter, and Aquarium Managment

The Animal Experience Plan: Visualizing the Slices of Behavior, Welfare, and Enrichment in One Whole Pie

  • Catherine Razal, Animal Excellence Scientist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

The Guiding Principles of AZA Animal Wellbeing Culture

  • Clara Arndtsen, Animal Wellbeing Program Assistant, Association of Zoos and Aquariums

The Power of a Single Fecal Sample: Hormones, the Microbiome, and Genetic Sexing in the African Penguin

  • Dr. Susan Smith, Research Scientist, Mystic Aquarium

Toys for Animals: 14 Years of Innovative Animal Enrichment/Educational Programming

  • Marie Brown, Executive Director, Handshouse Studio

Unlocking Potential: Developing a New Team While Training Complex Animal Behaviors

  • Kelsey Forbes, Curator of Mammals, Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium

Variation in Diet and Leafy Browse Offerings Among Colobus Monkeys (Colobus spp.) and Langurs (Trachypithecus spp.) in AZA Facilities

  • Maura Plocek, Graduate Research Associate, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Variation in Zoo Diets and Offerings of Leafy Browse in Matschie’s Tree Kangaroos (Dendrolagus matschiei) and Impacts on the Composition of the Gut Microbiome

  • Diana Koester, Research Curator, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Waddle and Reflect: The Effects of Mirror Enrichment on Captive African Penguin Behavior

  • Emmalee Carruth, Master Student Candidate, Colorado State University

Waves & Water Motion: A Crucial Factor in Animal Enrichment & Realistic Environments

  • Lew Wemple, Product Manager - Waves, Aquatic Development Group

Zoo Diet Navigator: A Free Diet Management and Analysis Tool for Zoos

  • Heidi Bissell, Chief Animal Nutritionist, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment

Aquarium Affairs

Fishing for Answers: Decoding Longevity Dynamics in Group-Housed Fish

  • Cassidy Payne, Masters Student, Colorado State University

How Effective Can Enrichment Be for Ochre Sea Stars (Pisaster ochraceus) Which Do Not Have a Brain?

  • Auguste Schmidt, Staten Island Zoo Aquarium Intern, Staten Island Zoo
 Business Operations

Strategies for Cross-Departmental Zoo-Wide Events (Zoo Boo, Zoo Lights, Etc.)

  • Wendy Babineaux, Event Operations Manager, Houston Zoo


Adaptive Rewilding: Leveraging Captive-Breeding and Release To Inform Land Management

  • Steven Hromada, Postdoctoral Scientist, Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Capacity Building for Collaborative Conservation

  • Christina Dembiec, Training Program Officer, IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group

Cat Calling: Advertising Sexual Receptivity in Amur Leopards

  • Maxwell Cozzini, Undergraduate Student, Fairfield University

Chill Out Brook Trout: Effect of Warmer Water Temperatures on Aggression

  • Elia Haghbin, Student, Fairfield University

Conspecific Cues Enhance Egg Viability in the Captive Breeding of Western Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris triseriata)

  • Jeffrey Ethier, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa

Ex-Situ and In-Situ Collaborations: The Case of Kenya’s Mountain Bongo

  • Donna Sheppard, Conservation Programme Manager, Wilder Institute Calgary Zoo in partnership with Rhino Ark Kenya Charitable Trust

Important Conservation Action Can Come in Small Packages: The Value of Small Zoos in Maintaining Captive Assurance Populations

  • Catherine Shier, Conservation Coordinator, Edmonton Valley Zoo

Informative Captions Do Not Mitigate the Conservation Harm of Images Depicting Human-Primate Interaction

  • Cassie Freund, Director of Science Communication, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Investigating the Potential Factors That Influence Semen Quality in Zoo-Managed African Elephants (Loxodonta africana)

  • Katie Campbell, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln & For Elephants Inc

Leveraging Global Frameworks for Cheetah Conservation

  • Becky Johnston, International Cheetah Studbook Assistant, Cheetah Conservation Fund

Monkeying Around: Observing Behavioral and Group Dynamics of Black Handed Spider Monkeys in a Zoo Setting

  • Nora Crowley, Student, Fairfield University

Participants Perceptions and Behaviors After Zoo Visit

  • Ashley Terry, Senior Manager, School & Community Programsm, Conservation Society of California, Oakland Zoo

Scaling Impact Through Partnerships – Minnesota Zoo’s Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program

  • Tricia Markle, Wildlife Conservation Specialist, Minnesota Zoo

The Effects of Captive-Rearing on Anti-Predator Behavior in Northern Leopard Frogs

  • Jonathan Schafer, Graduate Student, Washington State University

Watching the Little Things

  • James Glasier, Population Ecologist, Wilder Institute/ Calgary Zoo


Ecoedventures: Building Connections & Inspiration for Educators, While Saving Species

  • Deyanira Romo Rossell, Communications Manager, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Empathy in the Wild: Observations of Empathy-Related Practices and Visitor Behaviors Across the Ace for Wildlife Network

  • Theo Bamberger, Evaluation Specialist, Woodland Park Zoo

Incorporating Safe Outcomes Into Learning Programs

  • Melissa Diaz, Supervisor of Learning & Community Engagement, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Let’s Make It a Global Celebration! World Desert Day, an Awareness Event To Promote Desert Conservation

  • Renee Barnett, Animal Care Curator-Wildlife Connections, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Lincoln Park Zoo Institutional Review Board (IRB) Services and the Importance of Ethical Oversight

  • Marisa Shender, Zoo Programs Manger, IRB Chair, Lincoln Park Zoo

Making Camp Includive for All Children

  • Kelly Reina, Manager, Early Childhood Education Programs, Brookfield Zoo Chicago

Marine Science Club: Cultivating Conservation Identities Through Community

  • Rachel Flanders, Youth Engagement Mentor, Seattle Aquarium

Piloting the Use of Anthropomorphic Language in Animal Chats at Zootampa at Lowry Park

  • Kerry Gray, Supervisor of Behavioral Research, ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Shutterbee Story: Successful Collaboration With Citizen Science

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

Storytelling in Zoos: The Efficacy of Presenting Individualized Animal Stories To Promote Guest Engagement, Attitude Changes and Emotional Connections

  • Kaylie Adams, Master's Candidate, Colorado State University

The Axolotl on Your Shoulder: How Mobile Augmented Reality (AR) Can Bolster Conservation Education

  • Amy Emmert, Director of Education and Engagement, Belle Isle Aquarium/Conservancy

Zoo Teacher Professional Development as a Context To Build Conservation Capacity

  • Emily Peterson, School and Teacher Partnerships Coordinator, Denver Zoo

Zooniversities: Forming Mutually Beneficial Partnerships Between Zoos and Academia

  • Mary Gunther, Senior Lecturer, Salisbury University

Trends & More
Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium: A Sustainable and Inclusive Approach To Revitalizing Exhibits
  • Sumi Fasolo, Architect / Exhibit Designer, CambridgeSeven

Centering Disabled Audiences in Interpretive Design
  • Brian Slattery, Manager of Audience Research & Evaluation, Lincoln Park Zoo

Ethical & Equitable Approaches to Social Science Research
  • Peter Kalenda, Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo

Expansion Proposal for the Philadelphia Zoo (Academic)
  • Zvi Teitelbaum, Student, State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Promoting Accessibility and Guest Engagement at the Seneca Park Zoo Animal Hospital
  • Peter Kalenda, Assistant Professor, SUNY Geneseo

Strategic Collection Planning – An AZA Perspective
  • Hannah Jenkins, PhD Student, Nottingham Trent University

The Power of Human-Animal Connection on Social Media: A Case Study of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Andie Haugen, Senior Trainer, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Validated Scales for Perceptions and Expectations of Informal Science Learning Institutions
  • Joe E. Heimlich, Sr. Director of Research, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation

Visualize This! Using Visual Analytics To Manage an Animal Training Program
  • Amanda Mazza, Registrar/Data Manager, Duke Lemur Center

What Do Guests Really See? Exploring Animal Visibility in Zoos
  • Rachel Dickler-Mann, Community Research and Evaluation Manager, Denver Zoo

Why Prototyping Is Worth Every Penny
  • Sarah Aman, Senior Exhibit Designer, John G. Shedd Aquarium

Volunteer & Intern Engagement
Cultivating Connections: Strengthening a Volunteer Animal Ambassador Team
  • Corryn Zylstra, Student, Colorado State University

The Echo Teen Volunteer Program: Advocating for Marine Debris Prevention
  • Leah Hintz, Senior Educator, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Process and Potential Behind Paid Youth Internships in Zoos
  • James Garcia, Youth Engagement Manager, Denver Zoo

Workplace Culture, Staff Engagement & Professional Development
Becoming an AZA Accreditation Inspector
  • Cheri Bermudez, Accreditation Programs Coordinator, Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Title Coming Soon - MOZAICS
  • Kelly Riedinger, Senior Researcher & Program Lead in Informal, K-12 and Connected Learning, STEM Research Center at Oregon State University

Unionization: Resisting Polarization and Leaning Into Discomfort To Build Collaboration and Trust
  • BJ Allen, Senior Manager, People & Culture, Oakland Zoo