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DTWG Research Grants

The DTWG is pleased to offer student research grants and awards to recognize outstanding student contributions to terrapin research, distinguished service to the DTWG, and the work of individuals and organizations that have made sustained, notable efforts towards education and actions for terrapin conservation.

Please check back in spring 2025 for grant information!

Past Grant Recipients
 
2024

Garrett Maggio, East Carolina University (graduate student): Using the Population Genetic Structure of a Unique Parasite to Investigate Diamondback Terrapin Dispersal

Brett Wilson, University of North Carolina, Wilmington (graduate student): Population genetics of diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) in southeastern North Carolina

2023

Kelsey Krumm, Ohio University (graduate student): Where Are They Now? Evaluating Movement and Dispersal of Captive-Reared vs. Native Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin)

 

Griffin Kennedy, Ohio University (graduate student): Investigating Potential Social Behavior in Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin)

 

Jordan Donini, Florida Southwestern State College (professor of biology): Home Range, Habitat Use, and Nest Site Identification of Mangrove Diamond-Backed Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum) in Collier County, Florida

2022

John Michael Arnett, Western Connecticut State University, "Effects of urbanized roadways on the Northern Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin terrapin (Schoepff 1793)"

 

Jasmine Pierre, University of North Carolina Wilmington, "Osmotic status of the Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) under natural conditions"

2021

Jason Alstad, "Developing LORA technology to better understand Diamondback Terrapin spatial ecology"

 

Robby Brannum, University of Alabama Birmingham, "Development of a testosterone testing technique for examining sex ratios in the juvenile portion of the Diamondback Terrapin population: monitoring impact of global climate change"

 

Forrest Collins, University of Alabama Birmingham, "Application of stable isotope technology for evaluating the foraging ecology of the Diamondback Terrapin in the northern Gulf of Mexico"

2020

Danielle Bradke, University of Georgia, "Using genetics to estimate dispersal of Diamondback Terrapins on Jekyll Island, Georgia"

Iwo Gross, Auburn University,  "Sexy sons and darling daughters: overcoming sexual conflict in a polyandrous reptile through temperature-dependent sex determination"

 

Amanda Lyons, Brown University, "Genetic analysis of Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) populations in the northeastern United States"

Marianne Walch, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, "Inland Bays Diamondback Terrapin survey and conservation project"

View all prior grant recipients

DTWG Awards
Sornborger Citizen Conservation Award

This was established in 2020 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated long-term and substantive efforts to promote education and actions for the conservation of Diamondback terrapins. Any DTWG member may submit a recommendation for an award recipient to be considered by the DTWG board. Non-DTWG individuals or organizations should contact an active DTWG member if they wish to propose a nominee.

Recipients

2020 - Charlotte Sornborger (inaugural recipient)

2022 - Steve Barry

Community Conservation Award

In 2022, The DTWG will begin recognizing public or private organizations that have demonstrated long-term and substantive efforts to promote education and actions for the conservation of Diamondback terrapins. Any DTWG member may submit a nomination for meritorious organization to be considered by the DTWG board. Non-DTWG individuals or organizations should contact an active DTWG member if they wish to nominate an organization.

Recipients

2022 - Skidaway Audubon Diamondback Terrapin Rescue Project

Student Awards

The DTWG offer Student Travel Awards and Outstanding Presentation and Outstanding Poster Awards associated with its Triennial Workshop.

The next Triennial Workshop is planned for 2022 in Athens, GA.

More information on student travel and presentation awards will be available closer to the workshop.

2022 Awardees

Best oral presentation - Brett Wilson

Oral presentation honorable mention - Danielle Bradke

Best poster presentation - Jasmine Pierre

Poster presentation honorable mention - C. Dare Scott

Terrapin Conservation Award

The Terrapin Conservation Award is given to a member of the DTWG who has demonstrated a long-term and distinguished contribution to our knowledge of terrapin, public awareness of terrapins, or the conservation of terrapins and has demonstrated a sustained commitment in service to the DTWG. Recipients of the Terrapin Conservation Award are determined by the DTWG Board.

Past recipients:

2004 - Dr. Roger Conant Wood, Wetlands Institute

2010 - Dr. J. Whitfield Gibbons, University of Georgia

2013 - Dr. Joseph Butler, University of North Florida

2016 - Dr. Willem Roosenburg, Ohio University

2019 - Dr. Russell Burke, Hofstra University

2022 - Dr. Barbara Brennessel, Wheaton College

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