The San Diego Zoo 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 February, 2017.

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

Upcoming Opportunities

We currently do not have any open Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities. Our next openings are expected in early 2017. Please check back in 2017 for more information.

Program Contact: Katika Bade,

Current Fellows

Oded Berger-Tal, Ph.D.
Using behavioral ecology tools to improve the conservation and management of the reintroduced California condor”

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”

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”