Stacey Johnson, B.S.

Director of Conservation Science Operations

Stacey Johnson serves San Diego Zoo Global as Director of Conservation Science Operations. He leads the Northern White Rhino Initiative, manages the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, guides strategy for the Biodiversity Banking and Beckman Center Operations teams, facilitates additional projects and programs, and supports the Corporate Director of Wildlife Conservation Science.

Stacey is active in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, presently chairing its Animal Population Management Committee, and as a regular inspector and institutional mentor for the Accreditation Program. He also serves as Jaguar Species Survival Program Coordinator, Studbook Keeper, and Jaguar SAFE Coordinator. He is a past member of the AZA Ethics Board, Accreditation Commission, Felid Taxon Advisory Group Steering Committee and past chairman of the Bear Taxon Advisory Group.

Stacey earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Colorado State University. He began his career in 1987 as a zookeeper, working his way to progressively higher responsibility in education, animal management, and zoo administration. Raised on a small farm in eastern Colorado, his interests are varied. His field conservation experience includes camera trapping jaguars in Yucatán, México, working with Pecos pupfish in Texas, and coordinating a portion of a brown bear study in Alaska. When asked to name the favorite part of his job, his answer is “Whatever I’m working on at the moment.”

SCIENCE AT WORK