2018 CMA Stranding Conference Registration

Dates: Oct. 27-28, 2018.
 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Clearwater Marine Aquarium.


The 2018 CMA Stranding Conference will be held on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. On Oct. 27 a lecture series will be conducted including presentations from Dr. Randy Wells; Chicago Zoological Society; Dr. Robert Bonde, USGS; Dr. Michael Walsh, UF; George Biedenbach, Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station; Dr. Stefanie Gazda, University of Florida; Dr. Lauren Smith, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park; Rebeccah Hazelkorn, Mote Marine; personnel from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and more! Lunch and snacks are provided throughout the day.

On Oct. 28 please join us for a poster display from undergraduate research students and concentrated breakout sessions. Lunch and snacks are provided.

If you are interested in sponsoring the CMA Stranding Conference, fill out the sponsorship form. 

October 28th breakout sessions – 1:

  • Turtle Necropsy
  • Osteology
  • Human Interaction Evaluation
  • Cedar Key Dolphin Research Program development and implementation
*All sessions in session one will allow 30 participants

October 28th breakout session – 2:

  • Bird Rehab and Management
  • Diagnostic Sample Processing
  • Diagnostic Imagery
*All sessions in session two will allow 40 participants.

Breakout Sessions and Speakers

Breakout Sessions – 1

Turtle Necropsy

Turtle necropsy will be conducted by Dr. Michael Walsh D.V.M., University of Florida, observe the processing, evaluation, and sample collection of a marine turtle in real-time.


Osteology will review basic, structural anatomy of marine mammals including locomotion. See, touch, and be immersed in the diverse and intricate skeletal system of marine mammals.

Human Interaction Evaluation

Human Interaction evaluation and identification, review the terminology, develop the skills needed to identify and collect data on human interaction in marine mammals

Cedar Key Dolphin Research Program development and implementation

Cedar Key Dolphin Research Program, join Dr. Stefanie Gazda as she explains the process and development of the Cedar Key Dolphin Research Program. Dr. Gazda will demonstrate behavior as observed in her study. This breakout session will provide students, entry-level professionals, and seasoned staff alike as they develop an understanding of the process behind a long-term study.

Breakout Sessions – 2

Diagnostic Sampling

Diagnostic Sampling will be conducted by CMA’s vet tech, John Curry. John will demonstrate how samples are collected and then processed for analysis. Create your own slides and review sampling as a diagnostic tool under John’s expert guidance.

Diagnostic Imagery

Diagnostic Imagery will be conducted by CMA’s vet of record Dr. Shelly Marquardt D.V.M. Dr. Marquardt will review ultrasound technology, radiographs, and other diagnostic images as used in marine animal medicine. Review imagery with Dr. Marquardt!

Bird Rehab and Management

Bird Rehab and Management will be conducted by CMA animal care staff including demonstrations on handling, husbandry, and enrichment of managed and rehab birds.


For registration requests please contact Kerry Sanchez at [email protected]


The parking garage will open on Saturday at 8am with registration beginning at that time as well. Participants will need to collect parking garage access tickets upon entry and will bring those tickets into the conference with them. Throughout the day, Guest Services will be open where you will need to pay for parking, a $10/day fee. Please see any CMA staff member for assistance locating the Guest Services office.

After parking, participants leaving the garage will turn left, onto Island Way, and walk one block west to CMA’s main entrance (passing construction fencing). CMA’s entrance is located on Marina Way, staff will be assisting with directions.

Registration will occur just outside CMA’s main entrance, please have the name utilized in the registration handy for check-in. All participants will be issued a name badge the day of the presentations. These badges are used to identify conference attendees, allowing you access to behind-the-scenes locations. Please keep these badges visible throughout the weekend.

On Sunday the 28th, check-in will begin at 8:45am, with the parking garage opening then as well. From 9am-10am CMA rescue staff will be available to review resumes/CV and offer feedback, answer questions, and be available for networking, Break-out sessions (don’t worry if you’ve forgotten which sessions you registered for, we have your registration information ready at check-in) will begin at 10am. For all Cedar Key Dolphin Project breakout session participants, please bring your laptop on Sunday!

After your breakout sessions, you will have access to CMA to explore, the facility is open until 8pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Lunch and snacks are provided each day. Bring a reusable water bottle, dress comfortably, and plan on an exciting weekend with the best in the industry presenting on various topics!!

Saturday Speaker Schedule:

8:45 AM9:15 AMGeo Biedenbach
9:15 AM9:45 AMDr. Stefani Gazda
9:45 AM9:55 AMCoffee Break
9:55 AM10:55 AMDr. Michael Walsh, DVM
10:55 AM11:25 AMAnna Panike
11:25 AM11:55 AMTBD
11:55 AM1:15 PMLunch
1:20 PM2:10 PMDr. Robert Bonde
2:10 PM2:55 PMDr. Randy Wells
2:55 PM3:25 PMRebeccah Hazelkorn
3:25 PM3:45 PMCoffee Break
3:45 PM4:15 PMNicole Bartlett
4:15 PM4:45 PMDr. Lauren Smith, DVM
4:45 PM5:30 PMDenise Boyd

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