2017 Conferences

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Conference Abstracts

Dunbar, S. G. Individual Recognition through Face Scale Digitization and Automated Searching.

Dunbar, S. G., Baumbach, D. S. There’s an App for That! RASTR (Records Assistant for Sea Turtle Researchers).

Conference Pictures

Sabine and Steve Gate
Conference organizer and friend, Sabine Berendse and Stephen Dunbar chat about turtle research in both Curaçao and Honduras during the AGM. Entry gate to the CARMABI Turtle Education Center.
   
Ard and Steve Steve with poster
Ard Vreugdenhil and Steve pose in front of one of Ard's amazing turtle photographs. Steve was surprised to find his poster on nesting beach plastic pollution displayed in the CARMABI Turtle Education Center.
   
Sea Turtle Poster Hawksbill Poster
  One of the information boards on sea turtles displayed at the Education Center.   Dr. Karen Eckert talks in front of another beautifully designed information board.
   
hawksbill leatherback
Life-size paper mache model of hawksbill turtle. Another amazing paper mache model of a leatherback turtle.
   
kate and Katharine Michael
Kate Charles and Katharine Hart enjoy a walk near the turtle sightings area. Michael Hiwat from WWF Suriname enjoys a ginger ale on the walk to spot turtles in the inlet.
   
Claire and Steve  
Veterinarian Claire Saladin from St. Martin, and Steve pause at the turtle sightings area.  

 

ISTS 2017

Conference Abstracts

Dunbar, S. G., Bonardelli, J., Manzano, E., De La Garza, R., Estevez, D., and Salinas, L. Beta testing Nesting Safe – new Technology for nest finding and environmental temperature monitoring. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Dunbar, S. G., Baumbach, D. S., Wright, M. K., Hayes, C. T., Holmberg, J., Crall, and J. P., Stewart, C. V. HotSpotter: less manipulating, more learning, and better vision for turtle photo identification. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Salinas, L. and Dunbar, S. G. Mapping the goods: Using the TURT smartphone application to record hawksbill product use. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Duran, N., Salinas, L., and Dunbar, S. G. The fishers know: using local experience to collect data on a poorly known sea turtle population. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Baumbach, D. S., Wright, M. K., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S. G. Area abundance of hawksbill prey items within the Sandy Bay West End Marine Reserve, Roatán, Honduras. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Baumbach, D. S, Anger, E., and Dunbar, S. G. The development of local and global citizen-science sea turtle monitoring. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Hayes, C. T., Baumbach, D. S., Juma, D., and Dunbar, S. G. Does recreational diving impact hawksbill sea turtle foraging behavior? Results from a marine protected area, Honduras. 37th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Wright, M., Baumbach, D. S., Trujillo, D., Cruz LeDuc, J., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S. G. Quantification and impacts of nautical traffic on hawksbill presence in a Honduran marine protected area: a progress report. Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. 16 – 20, April, 2017, Las Vegas, USA. PDF here.

Conference Pictures

  Jill Hudgins presenting at the Photo ID Workshop during the 37th ISTS.
Cheryl King presenting at the Photo ID Workshop during the 37th ISTS.
Saki presenting at the Photo ID Workshop during the 37th ISTS. Drew Blount presenting at the Photo ID Workshop during the37th ISTS.
Katia Ballorain presenting at the Photo ID Workshop during the 37th ISTS. Stephen Dunbar presenting ProTECTORs work on facial recognition during the Photo ID Workshop at the 37th ISTS.
Jill Hudgins and Claire Jean listening to work by Katia Ballorain on Photo ID of sea turtles. Photo ID workshop attendees break into groups to discuss ways to collaborate on photo ID.
Steve leading a different discussion group during the Photo ID workshop. After the workshop the Photo ID attendees took a group photo.
Jeannette Wyneken discussing temperature dependent sex determination in hatchling sea turtles. ProTECTOR attendees take a group photo at the 37th ISTS.
Indian hoop dancing was one of entertainment sights during the opening ceremony of ISTS. Peter Pritchard and his aid being recognized during the opening ceremony.
Dave Owens presenting his research. Stephen Dunbar, Catherine Bell, and Dustin Baumbach moderating presentations during the Citizen-Science Workshop.
Claire Jean presenting her citizen-science work with TOORSI. Cassandra Davis presenting her work on citizen-science sea turtle data logging.
ProTECTOR student, Marsha Wright, presenting work conducted by Noemi Duran on "The Fishers Know Best". Takoukam Kamla Aristide presenting his work on the creation of a sea turtle data logging app.
ProTECTORs Dustin Baumbach presenting his work on the creation of a citizen-sicnece sea turtle sightings app. Former ProTECTOR student, Christian Hayes, presenting his work on the diver interactions with hawksbill sea turtles.
ProTECTOR country director, Lidia Salinas, presenting her work about using the TURT app to record sea turtle products in Honduras. Steve and Jon presenting on the use of a new kind of temperature logger to record nest temperature data.
Steve and Jon during their nest temperature presentation. Steve standing in front of his Photo ID poster during the poster session.
Steve along with his colleagues and students at a Thai restaurant for during after the first day of the conference. Marsha Wright standing next to a conversation piece after the speeding talking session with the experts.
Lidia and Sabine at the auction with Marsha and Dustin over their shoulders. Dustin and other students picked at a game during the auction and made to wear rabbit ears.
Steve and George during the auction. Steve and Tiwari.
A ProTECTOR group photo at the ISTS banner. Another ProTECTOR group photo at the ISTS banner.
ProTECTOR is a strong group of individuals, being able to lift heavy sea turtles. Steve and Aliki during the closing banquet.
Steve and Fraggi take a photo together during the closing banquet. Lucy and Steve take a photo together during the closing banquet.
Steve, Sabrina, and Jessie during the closing banquet. Itzel, Steve, and Adriana take a photo together to make the close of another ISTS.

 

Clyto 2017

Conference Keynote Abstract

Dunbar, S. G. and Baumbach, D. S. Emerging technologies for marine species research and conservation. Clyto Marione Science Research and Technology Conference, 23 May, 2017. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PDF here.

Conference Pictures

Chansue Group Clyto 2017 Ranjeet Bhagooli Clyto 2017
Stephen Dunbar with the Chansue veterinary group who were in KL to care for the KL Aquarium animals. To the far right is Dr. Nantarika Chansue. Ranjeet Bhagooli presents field observations on the thermally tolerant Porites species of coral.
   
Clyto 2017 Kuala Lumpur Daisuke Uemura Clyto 2017
The view of the city from the KL Twin Towers. Daisuke Uemura presents research on Okinawan Cyanobacteria and the potential impact their metabolites have for human health concerns.
   
Katherine Kennedy Clyto 2017 Students Poster Clyto 2017
Katherine Kennedy, founder of Blue Ltd., describes innovative techniques for balancing sustainablility and economic growth of marine resources. Researcher and speaker Zaleha Kassim outlines the habitat specialization of copepod species in peninsular Malaysia.
   
Geo Guy Thomas Clyto 2017 Conference group Clyto 2017
Keynote speaker Geo Guy Thomas explains the impact of technology on maritime situational awareness. Although the conference was small, the research represented was of excellent quality and impressive in scope. The entire group is pictured here on the final day.