Thomas Jensen, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist

Dr. Thomas Jensen serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Senior Scientist in Reproductive Sciences. In this role, he has been involved with the development and use of new techniques to improve management of birds in zoological populations. His work includes verification of egg fertility, gender determination of birds in the egg, hormonal induction of breeding, reproductive hormone assays, and ovarian ultrasound analysis.

Tom is currently investigating the feasibility of transferring adult germ stem cells of endangered species to domestic hosts to enhance the reproductive potential of endangered birds. He is a member of San Diego Zoo Global’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a member of the Animal Welfare Panel, and an instructor for the annual San Diego Zoo Avian Incubation Workshop.

Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from University of Northern Arizona and his doctorate in Physiology from the University of Notre Dame. In his free time, Tom enjoys scuba diving and piloting small airplanes around Southern California.

SCIENCE AT WORK