Stacey Johnson, B.S.

Corporate Director of Conservation and Research

Stacey Johnson serves San Diego Zoo Global as Corporate Director of Conservation and Research.  He leads the Northern White Rhino Initiative, manages the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, guides strategy for the Biodiversity Banking and Community Engagement teams, facilitates additional projects and programs, and supports the Chief Conservation and Research Officer. 

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