President, International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, USA

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The 39th International Sea Turtle Symposium was held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA from February 2-8, 2019. The theme of the Symposium was “Navigating the Future”. This forward-looking theme encouraged us to envision future conservation problems before they arise, acquaint ourselves with the emerging frontiers of sea turtle biology, and honour our covenant to the natural world by steering our way toward a bright future for sea turtles and humanity. The symposium featured a record number of workshops (25) encompassing a wide range of topics, as well as a full suite of regional meetings, which allowed participants to discuss region-specific issues. The main days of the symposium featured over 400 oral and poster presentations in eight traditional categories, as well as four special sessions unique to the 2019 symposium. The meeting provided abundant opportunities to socialise with old friends and to meet new ones. In addition to the opening social and the traditional farewell banquet, a host of evening events were held, including film night, the student mixer, speed-chatting with the experts, the dance-your-research competition, the sea turtle trading post, and the live and silent auctions. The Symposium attracted approximately 830 registrants from 52 different countries around the world.

Logo. The logo for the 2019 International Sea Turtle Symposium combined a hatchling turtle with a compass rose and symbolised the theme of the symposium: Navigating the Future. The logo had additional meaning for the University of North Carolina research team headed by Professor Ken Lohmann (2019 ISTS President) and Professor Cathy Lohmann. For them, the emblem also celebrated thirty years of research on the mystery of how sea turtles navigate, with the compass representing the magnetic sense of turtles and the central role it plays in long-distance navigation and natal homing. The logo was designed and drawn by Dawn Witherington.

Going Green – Zero Waste. Efforts were made to make the symposium more environmentally friendly. No plastic was used at symposium coffee breaks or other events. Instead of paper mailings, announcements were distributed through e-mail lists, the ISTS website and various social networks. All registrants were also provided with a free souvenir coffee mug emblazoned with the symposium logo for use during coffee breaks. The hotel that served as the symposium venue also has environmentally friendly policies in place, including the following:

• JHM Hotels, owner of the Charleston Marriott, partners with Clean the World to recycle soap and other toiletries to help the environment and to help those in need.

• All lighting was recently replaced with LEDs throughout the hotel.

• Recycling, co-mingle, and composting programmes were in place.

• Motion-sensing thermostats are currently being installed in all guest rooms.

• Towel and linen recycling programs exist.

• Paper straws have replaced plastic straws throughout the hotel. 

• Recycle receptacles are located in each guestroom.

The College of Charleston’s Zero Waste Program also volunteered for the symposium with the goal of making the 2019 ISTS a zero-waste conference. The Zero Waste Program is managed by the College of Charleston’s Office of Sustainability, which works closely with the College’s Dining Services (Aramark) and the organics hauling company SMART Recycling to divert as much organic waste from the landfill as possible. The Zero Waste Team consists of College of Charleston undergraduates and recent graduates. We thank Dr. Ashley Lavender for arranging this partnership between the ISTS and the College of Charleston. 

Workshops and Regional Meetings. Workshops and regional meetings were scheduled during the three days prior to the main four-day symposium. These early events provided participants with opportunities to share research techniques and exchange information about environmental and sea turtle conservation issues. The workshops and meetings attracted a large number of attendees and were highly successful. A total of twenty-five workshops were held: (1) Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Veterinary Medicine; (2) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones): Problem-solving, Turnkey Systems, and What’s Next; (3) Captive Rearing for Research and Conservation; (4) Does What We Do Matter? The Critical Need to Evaluate and How To Do It; (5) Geographic Information System; (6) Advanced Veterinary Techniques; (7) Migratory Connectivity in the Ocean: Global Sea Turtle Migratory Routes and Connected Areas; (8) Temperature-dependent Sex Determination: From Molecular Biology to Evolutionary Ecology; (9) Reproductive Physiology: What Turtle Gonads Reveal and How to Read Their Secrets; (10) Recreational Fishing Interactions with Sea Turtles; (11) Beyond the Brochure: Creating a Meaningful Education Component to Help Secure your Research Grant; (12) Global Perspectives on Photo ID as a 21st Century Tool for Sea Turtle Research and Conservation; (13) Getting the Most out of Satellite Telemetry for Marine Turtles; (14) Marine Debris and Sea Turtles; (15) Environmental Contaminants and Sea Turtles; (16) Tortoiseshell Trade: Current Status and Outreach Effort; (17) Finding the Solution for Light Pollution through Collaborative Management; (18) How Engineered Beaches Change Sea Turtle Nesting and Incubation; (19) Measuring and Mitigating Rising Nest Temperatures; (20) Assessing Trends in the Biodiversity of Marine Turtles from 2010-2020 to Contribute to the 2nd United Nations World Ocean Assessments; (21) Eastern Pacific Leatherback Workshop; (22) The Global Male Sea Turtle Initiative: Adding Males to the Conservation Equation; (23) How to Fund Sea Turtle Conservation Projects; (24) Updates on the Status of Sea Turtles Worldwide and How Proposed Changes to the U.S. Endangered Species Act Might Affect Them; and (25) Trending Research Topics and Techniques (led by the Student Committee.) In addition to the workshops, seven regional meetings were also held, allowing participants from around the world to discuss specific problems and challenges impacting their regions. These regional meetings included Africa, East Asia, Indian Ocean and South-East Asia (IOSEA), Mediterranean, Pacific Islands/Oceania; Latin America (RETOMALA), and the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG).

Main Symposium Program. The main symposium began with opening remarks from the 2019 ISTS President Ken Lohmann, followed by three keynote speakers. Elena Mustakova-Possardt addressed attendees on the topic of “Meeting the Future with Constructive Resilience”. Elena is an educator, social scientist, and former professor in adult developmental psychology, as well as a counselor and psychotherapist in private practice in the metro DC area. Her talk focused on the need to face political, social, and environmental challenges with constructive resilience that allows us to persevere through upheaval and setbacks. Colin Limpus, who serves as Chief Scientist of the Aquatic Species Program in Queensland, Australia, presented the second keynote address, titled “Fifty Years of Walking with Turtles: Looking Forward from Down Under”. This talk highlighted important events in the history of sea turtle biology and conservation, as well as lessons for the future. Sally Murphy, former head of the South Carolina sea turtle program, concluded the opening session by providing a brief reading from her newly published memoir Turning the Tide. She also shared amusing anecdotes from the early days of the ISTS. 

The Symposium program of oral and poster presentations ran from Tuesday, February 5th through Friday, February 8th. Program Chairs John Wang, Kate Mansfield, and Nathan Putman, along with Poster Chair Larisa Avens and 38 Session Chairs, developed an amazing symposium program consisting of 172 oral papers and 232 posters. Many of the presentations were within the traditional eight session categories: (1) Anatomy, Physiology and Health; (2) In-Water Biology; (3) Nesting Biology; (4) Population Biology and Monitoring; (5) Fisheries and Threats; (6) Conservation, Management and Policy; (7) Education, Outreach and Advocacy; and (8) Social, Economic and Cultural Studies. In addition to the traditional regular sessions, four special sessions were also held: “Genetics and Genomics of Sea Turtles, from Research to Conservation”; “Using Science to Inform Conservation Policy: Past, Present and Future”; “Navigation, Migration, and Natal Homing”; and “The Future of Sea Turtle Conservation”.

Film Night. Chairs Tom Backof, Christian Gredzens and Katherine Comer Santos gathered 22 short films highlighting elements of sea turtle research, conservation and outreach from diverse geographic areas, including Florida, Surinam, Italy, California, Papua, Ghana, Argentina, Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Brazil, and Costa Rica. The films were shown publicly during one evening of the symposium.

Student Committee. The Student Committee (chaired by Katherine Shaw, Christopher Gatto and Itzel Sifuentes) coordinated activities designed to welcome and assist student attendees. Three activities were undertaken. The first was “Student Presentation Feedback”, in which 81 volunteer evaluators provided feedback and suggestions for 157 student presentations. The second activity was a Workshop titled “Trending Research Topics and Techniques”. This workshop covered a range of different techniques that are currently at the forefront of sea turtle research. Experts on these techniques (Richard Reina, Ryan Chabot, Brian Shamblin, Boris Tezak, Franciscus Scheelings and Camryn Allen) shared information with 25 attendees on how these techniques were developed, how they are currently being used, the methodology behind the techniques, and how the techniques might potentially be used in the future. Lastly, with the goal of promoting networking and communication among students and other symposium participants, the Student Social Mixer event was held together with “Speed Chatting with the Experts” and the new “Sea Turtle Trading Post”.  A brief description of these events follows.

Speed-Chatting with the Experts. For a small fee, symposium attendees had the opportunity to have one-on-one chats with top research and conservation experts. All funds raised went to support the symposium travel grant fund. Nine experts shared their knowledge and experiences in 5-minute slots in themes such as community-based conservation, bycatch reduction, genomics and ecophysiology, endocrinology and sex identification, spatial and movement ecology, human dimensions of sea turtle conservation, animal behaviour and magnetic navigation, interactions between animals and environment, population biology and TSD, and conservation using genetic tools. The experts were: Jesse Senko, Lisa Komoroske, Camryn Allen, Dan Evans, Natalie Wildermann, Catherine Lohmann, Nathan Putman, Marc Girondot, and Carlos Carreras Huergo.

Sea Turtle Trading Post. Many groups that work on sea turtle biology and conservation have surplus equipment and supplies that are no longer needed. A new event was therefore developed to find new homes for this equipment. The sea turtle community was invited to donate new or gently used field and lab equipment, and people interested in acquiring each item of equipment could enter their names in a draw The beneficiaries were primarily students, as well as projects from low-income countries. Donated items included GPS gear, field notebooks, tape measures, markers, headlamps, cameras, rain ponchos, and insect repellent. This first year was a resounding success and the event will be continued and expanded in future symposia.

Social Events. The social component of the symposium included the Welcome Social, Student Committee activities, the Silent and Live Auctions, and the Award Ceremony and Banquet. The Welcome Social was held at the South Carolina Aquarium. Participants were able to enjoy drinks and Charleston cuisine while viewing the numerous marine animals and exhibits. The Silent and Live Auctions, as usual, were among the most popular events. Auctioneers Larry Wood and Marina Zucchini were pleased to announce that the events jointly raised approximately US$22,000 to help ISTS members attend future symposia via travel grants.

The banquet was held in the evening of the final day of the symposium. Events included the Award Ceremony in which numerous awards were presented, including the Archie Carr Student Award, the ISTS Career Awards and the Grassroots Conservation Award. The formal portion of the evening closed with words of appreciation from the President and the ceremonial passing of the ISTS Presidential Trowel to incoming 2020 President Diego Amorocho. Afterwards there was music and dancing to celebrate the end of the symposium.

ISTS Career Awards. Erin Seney, ISTS Career Awards Committee chair, and her committee (Shaya Honarvar, Sheryan Epperly and Irene Kelly) presented awards to an incredible group of recipients. 2019 ISTS Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Michael Salmon (USA), Eng Heng Chan (Malaysia), René Márquez-Millán (Mexico), and Jeffrey Miller (USA). Recipients of the 2019 ISTS Champions Awards were the Family Island Research and Education Foundation (Bahamas), Jeannie Martin (USA), Wallace J. Nichols (USA), and Jeanette Wyneken (USA). Roderic Mast (USA) was the recipient of the Ed Drane Award for Volunteerism. Additionally, ISTS President Ken Lohmann presented the 2019 President’s Awards to the Bald Head Island Conservancy (USA) and to the University of Georgia Sea Turtle DNA Fingerprinting Projct (USA).

Archie Carr Student Awards. Chairs Matthew Godfrey and Andrea Phillott received requests to consider 121 student presentations (53 orals and 68 posters) for student awards. Numerous judges assisted with evaluation of presentations, including Aliki Panagopoulou, Amanda Southwood-Williard, Ana Barragan, Bibi Santridian Tomillo, Craig Harms, Daphne Wrobel Goldberg, Jennifer Lynch, Marc Girondot, Mark Dodd, Mark Roberts, Mike James, Qamar Schuyler, Rupika Rajakaruna, Shaya Honarvar, Yakup Kaska and Zoe Meletis. Eight students were recognized for outstanding presentations. In Biology: Boris Tezak (oral winner), Kayla Goforth (oral runner-up), Robert Johnson (poster winner), MacKenzie Tackett (poster runner-up). In Conservation: Alessandra Bielli (oral winner), Emily Duncan (oral runner-up), Katie Mascovich (poster winner) and Mia El-Khazen (poster runner-up).

Grassroots Conservation Award. The judges (Alejandro Fallabrino, Angela Formia, Jack Frazier, Milagros Lopez, Muralidharan Manoharakrishnan, Wallace J. Nichols, Manjula Tiwari and Ingrid Yanez) evaluated the self-nominated presentations. The award was given to Sea Turtle Conservation Curacao for their presentation “Effective Conservation through Partnership with Precious Plastic Initiative”. 

Dance-Your-Research Competition. The Dance-Your-Research Competition was held for the second time. This year, the Golden Hawaianas (Flip-Flops) were awarded to Leyna Stemle, Phillip Allman and Andrew Agyekumhene from Ghana Turtle Conservation Project for the dance performance representing their research “Nesting Sea Turtles in Ghana, West Africa”. Their research involved estimating the number of nests produced by each sea turtle species in their work area, evaluating the spatial distribution of nests, and gaining insights into hatching success. In the submitted video, children from University Practice South Special School danced to drums while portraying sea turtles going through all stages of the nesting process, including swimming to shore, crawling onto the beach, digging the nest, laying eggs, covering the nest, and reentering the ocean.

Exhibitors and Vendors. Chair Janet Hochella coordinated 25 exhibitor and vendor displays that attendees visited throughout the week. The exhibitors included: Barbara’s Sweetgrass Baskets; Bioko Marine Turtle Program; Casa de Coco Conservation Project; C&W Energy Solutions; Cefas Technology Limited; Center for Biological Diversity; Holbrook Travel; Karumbé; The Leatherback Trust; Lotek; Malama na Honu; Marine Life Alliance; National Marine Fisheries Service; Oceanic Society; Sea Turtle Conservancy; The Ocean Foundation’s St. Croix Leatherback Project and Boyd Lyon Sea Turtle Research Fund; St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network; SEE Turtles; Telonics Inc.; Turning the Tide (memoir by Sally Murphy); Turtle Conservation Project Sri Lanka; Turtles In Clay; U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea; Widecast; and Wildlife Computers.

Closing Session. The symposium closed with a special session featuring two keynote addresses. The first was by Blair Witherington and titled “What’s the Point of Sea Turtle Conservation When We’re All Going to Die?”. The second was by Wallace J. Nichols, titled “Sea Turtles are Medicine”. Final closing remarks were made by Ken Lohmann, ISTS President.

Society Business Plenary. The 2019 ISTS Business Meeting was held on Friday, February 8th. ISTS President Ken Lohmann called the meeting to order and reports were provided by the Treasurer, Travel Grants Committee, Nominations Committee, and Student Committee. Other issues related to the Society were also discussed. No resolutions were submitted for consideration at this Symposium. Diego Amorocho, 2020 ISTS President, provided information regarding next year’s symposium, which will be held in Cartagena, Colombia. The theme of next year’s meeting is “Vision 20/20” and the symposium will be held March 14-20, 2020.

ISTS Elections. Kellie Pendoley from Australia was elected President for the 2021 symposium. The elections also added two new members to the Board of Directors (year indicates board member’s end of term): Maria Angela “Neca” Marcovaldi (2024) and Marco Garcia-Cruz (2024). Roldan Valverde, Mustapha Aksissou and Gabriela Velez-Rubio were elected to join the Nominating Committee. Hector Barrios-Garrido joined the Career Awards Committee.

Travel Grants. Making the symposium accessible to students and international participants is a priority of the Society, and to this end travel grants are provided to offset the cost of attending. Alexander Gaos chaired the Travel Grant Committee. Regional Travel Chairs were ALan Rees, Alejandro Fallabrino, Aliki Panagopoulou, Andrea Phillott, Angela Formia, Emma Harrison, Karen Eckert and Kelly Stewart. The ISTS, with assistance from The Conservation Foundation, was able to support a total of 127 travel grant applicants with full lodging during the symposium. The distribution of bed grants per region was as follows: six to Africa representatives; six to Southeast Asia/Pacific; seven to South Asia; 11 to Europe; three to Caribbean; 24 to Mexico and Central America; 27 to South America; and 43 to US and Canada.

Funding. Generous funding by many organizations and individuals contributed to the success of the 2019 ISTS. The organizing committee deeply thanks the following donors for their generosity. At the Gold level ($10,000-$24,999): Ripley’s Aquariums (Ripley Entertainment, Inc.). At the Silver level ($5,000-$9,999): The Conservation Foundation; Sea Turtle Conservancy; Wildlife Computers; Lohmann Lab (UNC-Chapel Hill); University of North Carolina College of Arts and Sciences; and Ocean Conservancy. At the Bronze level ($1,000-$4,999): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); South Carolina Aquarium; Lotek; Gumbo Limbo Nature Center; National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation; George H. Balazs & Golden Honu Services of Oceania; Turtle Hospital; Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center; Sea Turtle Association of Japan; Beyond Protection; Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST); New England Aquarium; Coastal Wildlife Club, Inc.; Texas State Aquarium; Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center; Loggerhead MarineLife Center; and Kona Brewery Company. At the Aluminum level ($500-$999): The Leatherback Trust; Turtle Time, Inc; Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network (SERSTN); Ecological Associates, Inc.; Georgia Sea Turtle Center; LGL Ecological Research Associates; College of Charleston Office of Sustainability; and Mike & Jeanette. At the Inconel level ($25-$499): Gabriella Carvajal; David Fittinghoff; Nicholas & Sandra Fittinghoff; Kymberlee Haynes Castillo; Janet Hochella; Kate Mansfield; Sandra Pfeifer; Lisa Rodriguez; Erin Seney; Debbie Sobel; Kelly Stewart; and Jeanette Wyneken. We are also grateful to those who donated items for the auctions and to those who bid on them.

Acknowledgments. Organising and putting on the Charleston symposium required an immense team effort. It could not have been accomplished without a small army of dedicated members willing to take on leadership roles, serve on committees, and assist with diverse tasks such as registration, workshop organisation, fundraising, arranging travel grants, and putting on the auctions. By alphabetical order of their first name, the Society thanks Alan Bolten, ALan Rees, Alejandra Rios, Alejandro Fallabrino, Alexander Gaos, Alexis Guilleux, Aliki Panagopoulou, Amanda Southwood-Williard, Ana Barragan, Andrea Phillott, Andres Estrades, Andrew DiMatteo, Andrews Agyekumhene, Angela Formia, Ann Marie Lauritsen, Antonio Di Bello, Ashley Lynn Lavender, Becca Eaton, Bibi Santridian Tomillo, Blair Bentley, Brad Nahill, Brendan Godley, Brian Shamblin, Brian Stacy, Bruno Giffoni, Bryan Wallace, Camryn Allen, Carlos Carreras Huergo, Carrie Upite, Catherine Kilduff, Catherine Lohmann, Cathi Campbell, Christian Gredzens, Christopher Gatto, Claire Jean, Cody Mott, Colin Hunter, Colin Limpus, Connie Ka-Yan Ng, Connie Kot, Craig Harms, Cynthia Lagueux, Dan Evans, Daniel González-Paredes, Daniela Freggi, Daphne Wrobel Goldberg, David Godfrey, David Owens, Dawn Witherington, Debbie Sobel, Diego Amorocho, Donna Broadbent, Dustin Baumbach, Emily Duncan, Emma Harrison, Erin Seney, Felix Moncada, Frank Paladino, George Balazs, Greg Lewbart, Hannah Vander Zanden, Hector Barrios-Garrido, Ingrid Yañez, Irene Kelly, Itzel Sifuentes-Romero, J. Nichols, Jack Frazier, Jacki Lopez, Jacques Fretey, Janet Hochella, Jean-Michel Guillon, Jeanette Wyneken, Jeff Seminoff, Jennifer Lynch, Jesse Senko, Jesus Tomas, Jillian Hudgins, Joanna Alfaro, Joe Pfaller, John Wang, Juan Manuel Rodriguez-Baron, Juanpablo Muñoz-Perez, Kara Dodge, Karen Bjorndal, Karen Eckert, Kartik Shanker, Kate Mansfield, Katherine Comer Santos, Katherine Shaw, Katie Kurtz, Kayla Goforth, Kelly Stewart, Ken Lohmann, Kendra Cope, Kris Williams, Lalith Ekanayake, Larisa Avens, Larry Wood, Laura Gibbons, Laura Prodoscimi, Laura Sparks, Lisa Belskis, Lisa Komoroske, Manjula Tiwari, Marc Girondot, Marco García-Cruz, Margarita Lampo, Mariana Fuentes, Mariluz Parga, Marina Zucchini, Mario Mota, Mark Dodd, Mark Hamann, Mark Roberts, Marybeth Grimes, Matthew Godfrey, Mikayla Drost, Mike Arendt, Mike James, Milagros Lopez, Miyoko Sakashita, Muralidharan Manoharakrishnan, Nancy FitzSimmons, Natalie Dick, Natalie Reider, Natalie Wildermann, Nathan Putman, Neca Marcovaldi, Neyle Steadman, Nicholas Blume, Padraic O’Flaherty, Paolo Casale, Paul Richards, Peter Dutton, Phillip Allman, Qamar Schuyler, Rachel Tighe, Ray Carthy, Rebecca Mott, Richard Reina, Rick Herren, Rod Mast, Rodrigue Ngafack, Roger Brothers, Rupika Rajakaruna, Sandra Hochscheid, Sara Russell, Sarah DeLand, Sarah Poulin, Shane Boylan, Shawn Murakawa, Shaya Honarvar, Shelli Hendricks, Sheryan Epperly, Shigetomo Hirama, Sofia Troya Zambrano, Stacey Marquis, Steven Dunbar, Sue Barco, Thane Wibbels, Thushan Kapurusinghe, Tom Backof, Tomo Eguchi, Vanessa Bezy, Velkiss Gadea, Wendy Dow Piniak, Yakup Kaska, Yonat Swimmer, Yoshimasa Matsuzawa, Zahirul Islam, and Zoe Meletis.

In addition to those who played a role in organising the symposium before it began, we thank the many participants who volunteered on-site: Alan Zavala, Alban Mazars-Simon, Alejandra Carvallo, Alejandra Sandoval, Alejandro Usategui, Alessandra Bielli, Alexa Putillo, Alexandra Fireman, Alexandra Gulick, Alexandra Lolavar, Amelly Hyldaí Ramos Díaz, Amy Garner, Angela Field, Angela Garriz, Anna Barbanti, Ariadna Arnau, Ashley Morrow, Ashley Raybould, Barbara Cúmez Cate, Bia Dias, Bill Matthews, Boris Tezak, Caitlin Bovery, Caleshia Calvin, Candela Buteler, Carlos Delgado Trejo, Carmen Mejías Balsalobre, Celine Mollet saint Benoit, Channa Suraweera, Chris Henaghan, Christel Cothran, Christine Sarkis, Cindy Lockhart, Claire Petros, Clara Ortiz, Colum Muccio, Cristian Ramirez, Daisuke Endo, Devon Francke, Diane le Gouvello, Emily Hyatt, Emily Webster, Emma Schultz, Flora Siegwalt, Franciscus Scheelings, Gabriela Velez, George Glen, German García, Gina McQuilken, Glenn Goodwin, Guillermo López, Gustavo Stahelin, Helen Pheasey, Heydi Salazar, Ian Silver-Gorges, Jaime Restrepo, Janie Reavis, Jocylin Pierro, Jorge Martínez, Jose Daniel Rodrigues Oliveira Filho, Joseph Conde, Judy Adams, Julia Hart, Julie Twitchell, Karla Barrientos, Kathleen Sheard, Kelly Soluri, Kelsey Fleming, Kevin Zavala, Kostas Papafitsoros, Leah Rittenburg, Lein Soltan, Leno dos Passos, Leslie Agali Resendiz Pichardo, Lewis Naisbett-Jones, Liberty Boyd, Lorène Jeantet, Lucas Griffin, Luciana Rolinski Gama, Machelle Morningstar, Magali Marion, Marcela Jáuregui, Maria Alejandra Rodriguez, Maria Antonia Bauza, Maria Isabel Miranda Marin, María Renee Contreras, Maribel Escobedo M., Marina Reyes, Marsha Wright, Matthew VanBemmel, Melania López, Melissa Jung, Mia El-khazen, Michael Hiwat, Mitchell Meads, Monica Reusche, Morgan DuBois, Nádia Cristina Ferreira Veiga, Nancy Crawford, Natalia Teryda, Nerine Constant, Oyeronke Adegbile, Rachel Speer, Rafat Adnan, Raul Garcia, Renato Bruno, Robert Gammariello, Rodolfo Martin del Campo, Sabine Berendse, Sara Kophamel, Sarah Shaver, Sean McQuilken, Shreya Banerjee, Sibelle Vilaca, Stephanie Barrett, Tabitha Siegfried, Tamara Popovska, Taylor Collins, Tori Howard, Valeria Leal, Victoria Tackett, Zachary Butler. We also thank any and all individuals who should have been recognized but were inadvertently omitted from this list.