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Preserving our planet’s biodiversity is guided by knowledge of facts gained from scientific inquiry. Whether managing a forest ecosystem, restoring a disturbed habitat, or increasing the number of individuals of an endangered species, all actions are the result of dedicated people with exceptional skills who are devoting their lives to the endeavor. Without talented people there is no conservation. Here are the scientists who make up the Memphis Zoo’s Conservation and Research Team.

Dr. Sinlan Poo

Senior Research Scientist

Sinlan Poo is (Ph. D., National University of Singapore; B.A. Boston University summa cum laude with distinction) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Memphis Zoo with an Adjunct position at Arkansas State University. Originally from Taiwan, she is a behavioral ecologist who is broadly interested in parental care, reproductive ecology, and conservation biology. Her research is primarily focused on amphibians, but she has worked on a wide range of research and conservation projects targeting small mammals, carnivores, reptiles, birds, invertebrates, and rare plants across several countries (the US, Ecuador, Panama, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Taiwan). Dr. Poo's research at the Memphis Zoo is focused on increasing the impact of live collections at zoos and the capacity zoos have to contribute to in situ conservation of endangered species. These include: (1) comparative fitness and ecologically adaptive behavior in captive-versus natural-bred individuals, (2) reintroduction of endangered amphibians and reptiles, and (3) conservation genetics and assisted reproductive technology in amphibians. Aside from taxa-specific research, Dr. Poo co-leads the Zoo-Museum collaborative initiative, which is aimed at linking and leveraging live and preserved collections in these institutions for scientific discovery, and co-leads the Global Women in Herpetology Project, which brings together herpetologists from 50 countries from around the world to highlight the diversity of women in this profession and create funding opportunities for students. For more information on her research, visit her website at: https://www.sheilapoo.com/