Academic Program Manager, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Ricardo Stanoss’ career started as a rural veterinarian in Argentina. Soon after graduation, he migrated to the US in pursuit of opportunities in the field of conservation. He became an educator at the Miami Zoo, where he leaned to engage a widely diverse audience with conservation science. His next position with the National Audubon Society’s International Programs expanded his horizons working in grassroots conservation in Latin America. In his last position before arriving at the Smithsonian, Stanoss ran an innovative conservation capacity development program in in the Chicago area, nationally, and globally. Currently, Dr. Ricardo Stanoss is the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s Academic Program Manager. In this position, he is responsible for leading a team of scientists and educators in creating a new breed of conservation leaders combining the powerful resources of the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University. During his career path as a passionate conservationist and educator, Dr. Stanoss amassed significant experience in effective management of novel conservation capacity initiatives, developing successful collaborations with academia, NGOs, government agencies, and communities across vastly different cultures around the world. He gradually expanded his interests from the animals he loved to the individuals who could make a difference in conservation.