The Institute for Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program makes it possible for PhD or DVM -qualified scientists to undertake fieldwork on endangered species or habitats for periods ranging from three to five years. Preference is given to studies of species that are represented in the collections at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, as well as to multidisciplinary projects that span research divisions.

Since the inception of the program in 2000, we have hosted 37 fellows. Fellowships are advertised as they become available, with the next anticipated openings in early 2018.

We are grateful to Dallas Clark and Jeanette Henderson for their generous endowment gifts that help make these fellowships possible.

Program Contact: Katika Bade,

Adi Barocas, Ph.D.
Integrating giant otter research and conservation with sustainable development of the Madre de Dios region

Mark Bowler, Ph.D.
Conservation of rainforest primates and large mammals in Peru: Advanced wildlife monitoring informing community-based conservation”

Natalie Calatayud, Ph.D.
“Conservation breeding and reintroduction of the mountain yellow-legged frog”

Alison Greggor, Ph.D.
“Pre-release training and reintroduction of the 'Alala to its historic range”

Stephanie Steele, Ph.D.
“Conservation genetics research on Torrey pines

Leanne Van Der Weyde, Ph.D.
​“Assessing sustainability and alleviating human-cheetah conflict in Botswana”

John Whiteman, Ph.D.
“Reproductive Physiology, behavior, and conservation of the sloth bear”

Candace Williams, Ph.D.
“Identifying core microbiomes to correlate diet estrogenicity and phytoestrogen metabolism to reproductive failures in southern white rhinoceros”