FAU Biology Graduate Students shine in Lima, Peru winning three awards at the 36th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation

Over 1,000 people attended the 36 th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation from February 29th through March 4th in Lima, Peru. FAU was well-represented by biology graduate students Boris Tezak, Karen Pankaew and Tori Erb, who won three of the seven student scientific research awards in the biology and conservation categories. Boris Tezak placed 1st place for his poster entitled Can Sex-Specific Proteins in Blood Be Used as a Reliable Method To Identify the Sex of Sea Turtle Hatchlings?. Tori Erb placed 2nd for her poster entitled The Role of Weather and Sand Moisture in Shaping Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) Hatchling Growth and Survival. Both are students from Jeanette Wyneken’s laboratory. Karen Pankaew from Sarah Milton's laboratory won 1st place for her biology oral presentation entitled Physiological Effects of Disorientation in Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) and Green (Chelonia mydas) Sea Turtle Hatchlings. There were 70 posters and 50 oral presentations competing for these awards.