Shannon Randolph, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Shannon Randolph serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Postdoctoral Associate in Community Engagement. She is a social scientist, an environmental anthropologist, and a human-centered design coach, with experience managing and advising field research in Africa, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. Her work aims to understand the motivations for wildlife and natural resource use and prototype innovative messaging and other interventions to reduce unsustainable demand for natural resources.

In her role as Postdoctoral Associate, she is testing how to incorporate human-centered design and social science to address pressing conservations issues and train others in this approach. Shannon currently oversees human dimensions research in partnership with conservation organizations and academic institutions such as Free The Bears and Oxford University on wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict in Southeast Asia and Western Uganda. She is also a facilitator for the Advanced Inquiry Program, a master’s degree offered in partnership with Miami University.

Shannon earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Anthropology from Stanford University. Before joining the Institute, she led research teams in Papua New Guinea with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and research and development work across Sub-Saharan Africa with the University of Wisconsin and Worldwide Fund for Nature. Her projects include cultural motives for bushmeat, community-based forest conservation, zoonotic disease epidemiology, and culturally-framed school curricula. She was trained in human-centered design at Stanford's d.school and has since led legal, education, public health, and non-profit organizations through the design process.