Brown Endowed Associate Director of Recovery Ecology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
Dr. Debra Shier is the Brown Endowed Associate Director of Recovery Ecology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She runs a thriving program focused on threatened and endangered mammals and frogs in the Southwestern United States. For over 20 years she has been studying the ways in which an understanding of animal behavior and ecology can be applied to conservation strategies such as reintroductions and translocations. In general, her research has focused on using basic theory to create effective and efficient relocation methods by encouraging settlement, dampening stress, and increasing fitness with an emphasis on behavioral competency. More recently, her research has expanded into local restoration and examining anthropogenic effects on wildlife behavior, fitness and persistence.