Carrie Gonzales

Research Assistant

Carrie Gonzales serves San Diego Zoo Global as a Research Assistant in Recovery Ecology. She currently works providing husbandry and collecting data on the desert tortoise headstart project.

Carrie’s project aims to provide insight into emerging strategies for approaching tortoise conservation. The desert tortoise headstart program hopes to add to the understanding of predation pressure facing juvenile desert tortoises and in turn provide new methods for preventing extinction of this keystone species.

Carrie earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology at UCLA. Since then she has spent time working as a biologist with several government agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the U.S. Army. Growing up and living most of her life in the Mojave Desert, Carrie has experienced the wonder of desert tortoises since her youth and she hopes to continue working towards preventing their extinction.