2018 ISG Meeting

Preparations are underway for the upcoming 2018 Iguana Specialist Group meeting!


The meeting will be held at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas, USA, from 4–8 November 2018.


Early registration has passed. The Registration Fee is $165 and includes most meals and activities listed below, and an additional $25 late fee – download registration form here


Abstracts are due 30 September, Sunday. See Call for Abstracts for guidelines.


Travel award application materials are found here

For hotel reservation information click here



Sunday, 4 November:

Arrival and check-in at Courtyard Marriott.

Ice Breaker 6–9:00 pm, The Woodshed (easy walk from hotel).

Monday, 5 November: Iguana Specialist Group Meeting at Fort Worth Zoo

Tuesday, 6 November: Iguana Specialist Group Meeting at Fort Worth Zoo
Wednesday, 7 November: Iguana Specialist Group Meeting at Fort Worth Zoo

On your own afternoon Zoo Tour, including private tours of the Museum of Living Art (reptile house) and Cyclura facility.

Closing Dinner at Joe T. Garcia’s (TexMex, Stockyard attraction), 6–10:00 pm

Thursday, 8 November:

* Field trip to the Dallas World Aquarium, including tour and lunch

2018 Travel Details

Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Worth University Drive

3150 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76107


Group Rate: Double room with 2 queen beds, including continental breakfast for 2 people is $129 USD (+ taxes). The rate is valid starting 4 November and check-out 9 November.

The Group Rate is available now and must be reserved before 13 October 2018.
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2018 Travel Awards

A limited number of travel awards are available to attend the 2018 ISG meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. This year we will have two tiers of awards: $250 and $500, however, additional funds may be available in special circumstances. Please note that these are NOT just for students. To qualify for an award you must 1) give a presentation (poster or oral) and 2) be in need of financial assistance. Continue reading

2018 Preliminary Attendees

The following people are registered to attend the 2018 ISG Meeting and their presentations are noted.


Download a draft version of the ISG meeting compiled abstracts here

Download a draft version of the ISG meeting agenda here


Allison Alberts – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA
Baptiste Angin – Ardops Environnement, Guadeloupe

“Implementation of a Long-term Monitoring Program of Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima) Populations in French West Indies”

Lauren Augustine – Saint Louis Zoo, USA

John Bendon – IUCN-UK Committee, England

“Marine Iguanas of the Galápagos”, poster

Brandon Bourassa – University of New Mexico, USA
Kelly Bradley – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

“2018 Update for the Anegada Iguana, Cyclura pinguis, Conservation Program”

Jeanelle Brisbane – WildDominique, Dominica

“Riding Out the Storm: the Challenges Faced by Iguana delicatissima in a Post-Hurricane Dominica”

Joseph Brown – University of Oklahoma, USA
Judith Bryja – Houston Zoo, USA

Joseph Burgess – US Forest Service, USA

Giuliano Colosimo – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA and University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

“Reproductive Isolation Mechanism Between Conolophus marthae and Conolophus subcristatus

Christina De Jesús Villanueva – University of Rhode Island, USA

“Initial Stages of Assessment; the Effects of the Invasive Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) on Puerto Rico’s Agriculture “, poster

Wilfredo Falcón – Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Puerto Rico

“Disentangling the Origin of Common Green Iguanas in the Virgin Islands”, poster

Cielo Figuerola – Island Conservation, Puerto Rico

“Restoring Nesting Sites for the Mona Island Iguana through the Removal of the Invasive Australian Pine — Update”, poster in absentia

Robert Fisher – US Geological Survey, USA

“Review of Accomplishments on the Biogeography and Conservation of Pacific Iguanas (Brachylophus sp.)”

Mike Fouraker – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

Susannah French – Utah State University, USA

Kyle Grace – Zoo Atlanta, USA

Tandora Grant – San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, USA
Peter Harlow – Taronga Conservation Society, Australia

“Life History Attributes of the Fijian Crested Iguana and its Food Tree Species”

Ruston Hartdegen – Dallas Zoo, USA

David Hedrick – International Iguana Foundation, USA

“Stories, SciComm Potential, and Conservation Research”

G. Brian Henley – Cameron Park Zoo, USA

Rick Hudson – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

John Iverson – Earlham College, USA
Jill Jollay – Independent, USA

“Update on the Repatriated and Translocated Subpopulation of Cyclura rileyi cristata in the Exumas”, presented for Sandra Buckner

Charles Knapp – John G. Shedd Aquarium, USA

Tanja Laaser – Cayman Islands Department of Environment, Grand Cayman

“Updates on Sister Island Rock Iguana (Cyclura nubila caymanensis) Conservation Efforts and Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) removal in Little Cayman: Data Acquisition and Public Awareness”

Melanie Litton – Audubon Nature Institute, USA
Kim Lovich – San Diego Zoo Global, USA
Catherine Malone – Utah Valley University, USA

“Conservation genetics of Iguana”

Daisy Maryon – University of South Wales, UK

“Project Updates Concerning the Critically Endangered Island Endemic Ctenosaura bakeri

Mallory McKinney – Mississippi State University, USA

“Inbreeding Depression in the Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi)”, poster

Yoni Muggen-van Uden – Dutch Iguana Foundation, The Netherlands

“Collecting Educational and Outreach Material”

Ann-Elizabeth Nash – University of Northern Colorado, USA

“Stability of Personality and Social Networks in the Spiny-tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura similis

Karin Nelson – University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Sophie O’Hehir – Cayman Islands Department of Environment, Grand Cayman
Ty Park – Independent, USA
Stesha Pasachnik – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

“A New Era for the Jamaican Rock Iguana, Cyclura collei: Program Improvements for a Brighter Future”

Cayle Pearson – Jacksonville Zoo, USA

Sean Perry – Louisiana State University, USA

“Successful Electroejaculation, Semen Characterization, and Short-term Storage in Grand Cayman Blue Iguana Hybrids (Cyclura lewisi x nubila)”

Elaine Powers – Lyric Power Publishing, LLC, USA
Kimberly Rainwater – Fort Worth Zoo, USA
Sialisi Ranamu Rasalato – Ahura Resorts, Fiji

“An Update on Distribution, Population Size, Recovery Actions, and Habitat Restoration of the Malolo Crested Iguanas”

Bonnie Raphael – Independent, USA
R. Graham Reynolds – University of North Carolina Asheville, USA

“Phylogenomics of West Indian Cyclura”

Thijs van den Burg – University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“Taxonomic Assessment of Iguana iguana and Potential Threats of Intraspecific Hybridization in Native Island Populations”

Tarren Wagener – Fort Worth Zoo, USA

Rachael Walton – San Diego Zoo Global, USA
Joe Wasilewski – Natural Selections of South Florida, Inc., USA

“The Rapid Influx of Invasive Reptiles Throughout Florida, the Caribbean and The Bahamas”

Alison Webb – Utah State University, USA

“Impacts of Site and Diet on the Gut Microbiotic Community of Bahamian Rock Iguanas”

Bruce Weissgold – Independent, USA
Mark Welch – Mississippi State University, USA

“Genetic Investigations into the Role of Female Choice and Promiscuity in Inbreeding Avoidance in Cyclura nubila caymanenensis, a Historically Small and Isolated Taxon”, presented for Jeanette Moss

Rachel Welt – American Museum of Natural History, USA

“Cryptic Species and Micro-endemism of the Iguanas of Madagascar (Opluridae)”

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