Matt Anderson, Ph.D.

Director of Population Sustainability

Dr. Matt Anderson serves San Diego Zoo Global as Director of Population Sustainability. In this role, he oversees projects that utilize the study of animal behavior for conservation of species in San Diego Zoo Global’s collections and in the wild. Matt and his team employ innovative techniques to gain a greater understanding of animal behavior, and ultimately maximize reproductive success in rare and endangered species. This multifaceted approach involves the study of animal communication with an emphasis on bioacoustics and monitoring of sex steroid and stress hormone levels in variety of species both in zoos and in the wild. Currently, the division has a sensory ecology laboratory and an endocrinology laboratory to help address key research questions.

Matt is the recipient of numerous grants and awards in the fields of behavior and reproductive biology. In addition to authoring scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and the popular science press, he regularly presents his findings to scientific and lay audiences around the world. He is currently a Research and Technology Committee member for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is also actively involved with many different institutions that focus on a variety of mammalian groups.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of Liverpool in England and his master’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University. Subsequently, he studied behavior, reproduction, bioacoustics, and anatomy in nocturnal prosimian primates (bushbabies), for which he was awarded a doctorate in Biological Anthropology. During his doctoral candidacy, he studied and lectured at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, the Zoological Society of London, and the University of Cambridge.