Call for Abstracts and Registration Information


2021 Annual VIRTUAL Meeting of the Gopher Tortoise Council 


Registration is now open, and we are accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 43rd Annual Gopher Tortoise Council Meeting.

The meeting has changed to a virtual format and is scheduled for Friday, October 29, 2021.

In addition to presentations about gopher tortoise biology, we welcome presentations on:

  • commensals and other species associated with tortoises and southeastern upland habitats
  • general ecology of upland pine ecosystems
  • habitat management and restoration
  • conservation initiatives
  • policy, regulation, or economics
  • monitoring and field techniques
  • Successful and creative partnerships conserving Gopher Tortoises, habitat, or associated species

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts (Oral Presentations and Posters):

The deadline for submitting abstracts is September 30, 2021. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and conform to the general style of Journal of Wildlife Management abstract format (see sample abstract below). The name, affiliation, address, and email of the corresponding author should be provided with the abstract. Please indicate if you wish to present a regular oral, speed oral, or poster presentation. Student presentation awards are given for the top three student oral presentations at the annual meeting. Please indicate clearly in your abstract if you are an undergraduate or graduate student so that you can be considered for this award. Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word. Please submit abstracts via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “GTC 2021 Abstract” included in the subject line.

Please indicate which type of presentation you would prefer. Regular oral presentations will be strictly limited to 20 minutes (including 3-5 minutes for questions), and Speed presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes. Posters should be in PDF format.

Sample Abstract:

The Effects of Fish Size on Net Energy Intake of Snowy Egrets

Toobee R. Estord¹ and Mork Ritters²

¹Everglades Division, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

²Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 3200 T. M. Goodwin Road, Fellsmere, FL 32948

 Draining wetlands reduces their hydroperiod and causes a shift in the size structure of the fish community toward smaller and younger fish. Reduced fish size could potentially impact snowy egrets (Egretta thula) if it reduced their net energy intake. We tested the hypothesis........... MAXIMUM 300 WORDS.

Meeting Registration:

The deadline to register for the annual meeting is Thursday, October 28, 2021 by 5pm Eastern Standard Time. 

This year, the only registration fee will be equal to membership dues. Registration will include a one-year membership. The day before the meeting, we will email a ZOOM link to the email address that you provide on your registration form that will give access to the meeting. 

Registration for current members is not automatic, so please make sure to fill out the registration form and indicate that your membership dues are up to date by meeting time.

 Click Here to Register


Conference T-shirts AND Mugs 

To shell-ebrate this year's annual meeting we hope everyone will be wearing new GTC shirts! Order your GTC shirt until October 13 to receive it in the mail by the meeting day! Get yours here.

There are also GTC mugs to fill! Order yours by October 10 to make sure you can fill it with cheer on the 29th! Order here!


For more information contact Jeff Goessling, GTC Co-chair and host for this year’s meeting (727-864-7962; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Hope to see you all virtually in October!