The Institute for Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program makes it possible for Ph.D. or D.V.M.-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 groups.

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 mid-2021.

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

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

Stephen Chege, B.V.M., M.Sc.
“Conservation of the hirola antelope in Kenya: Integrated health program”

Giuliano Colosimo, Ph.D.
“Saving the critically endangered pink iguana through headstarting and research”

Timothy Eppley, Ph.D.
Conservation of the critically endangered red ruffed lemur:  Integrating distribution, ecology, and genetics for effective population management

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

Stephanie Steele, Ph.D.
“Regional plant conservation genomics

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

Diogo Verissimo, Ph.D.
​“Design and impact evaluation of behavior change interventions focused on the demand for wildlife products

Hariyo Beebach Wibisono, Ph.D.
“Ecology and conservation of Sumatran tigers at multiple spatial scales”

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