Members of the Saint Louis Zoo staff contribute their time and talents to Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) programs and other collaborative projects. Media interested in talking to them should contact pr@stlzoo.org.

Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO

  • Vice Chair, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  • Board member, Conservation Breeding Specialists Group (CBSG)
  • Board member, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
  • Past chair, International Species Information System (ISIS)
  • Past chair, Amphibian Ark
  • Past chair, Madagascar Fauna Group
  • Member, External Advisory Committee, Duke University Primate Center

Eric Miller, DVM, Dipl. ACAM, Senior Vice President, Director of Zoological Operations

  • Director, Wild Care Institute
  • Chair, Madagascar Fauna Group
  • Board member, AZA Giant Panda Foundation (2003-2006)
  • Veterinary advisor, Rhinoceros Taxon Advisory Group
  • Associate veterinary advisor, Tiger Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Veterinary Specialist Group of IUCN
  • Member, European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians
  • Member, Executive Board, World Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
  • Scientific Advisor, International Zoo Yearbook
  • Co-Editor, Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, 4th through 6th Editions
  • Member, veterinary subcommittee, CBSG Advisory Board
  • Project Co-manager, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Avian Health in the Galapagos Islands

ANIMAL DIVISION

Jack Grisham, Vice President of Animal Collections

  • Coordinator, Cheetah Species Survival Plan
  • Chair, Canid & Hyena Taxon Advisory Group
  • Advisor, Lion & Jaguar Species Survival Plans
  • Institutional liaison for AZA Conservation Programs
  • Member, IUCN specialist groups for cat; CBSG; hyena and canid
  • Board member, Global Cheetah Forum
  • Member, American Society of Mammalogists
  • Member, Animal Behavior Management Alliance

William Houston, Assistant General Curator

  • Coordinator, Addax Species Survival Plan
  • Treasurer and founding board member, Sahara Conservation Plan
  • Founding member, Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group
  • Director, Center for Sahelo-Saharan Wildlife Recovery, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Member IUCN-CBSG
  • Member IUCN Pig, Peccaries and Hippos Specialist Group
  • Advisor, Steering Committee, AZA Bison, Buffalo, Cattle Taxon Advisory Group
  • Advisor, Steering Committee, Wild Pig, Peccary and Hippo Taxon Advisory Group
  • Advisor, Antelope and Giraffe Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Ratite Taxon Advisory Group

Steve Bircher, curator of mammals/carnivores

  • Member, Steering Committee, Taxon Advisory Groups for Felid and Small Carnivore
  • Member, Management Group, Species Survival Plans for Cheetah, Lion, Snow Leopard, Otter
  • Member, Taxon Advisory Groups for Bear, Canid and Hyaenid
  • Institutional Rep, Species Survival Plans for Jaguar, Polar Bear, Red Panda
  • Institutional Rep, Population Management Plans for Amur Leopard, Spotted Hyena
  • Director, Center for Conservation of Cheetahs, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Member, Global Cheetah Forum
  • Member, American Society of Mammalogists
  • Member, The St. Louis Academy of Science

Jeff Ettling, curator of reptiles, amphibians and fish

  • Coordinator, Ocellated Mountain Viper Population Management Plan
  • Co-coordinator, Puerto Rican Crested Toad Species Survival Plan
  • Co-coordinator, Eastern Massasauga Species Survival Plan
  • Co-coordinator, Virgin Island Boa Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Management Group, Aruba Island Rattlesnake Species Survival Plan
  • Institutional Rep, Species Survival Plans for Chinese Alligator, Wyoming Toad, Radiated Tortoise
  • Institutional Rep, Taxon Advisory Groups for Amphibians, Chelonians, Crocodilians, Lizards, Snakes
  • Director, Conservation of Near East Mountain Vipers, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Center
  • Member, The Herpetologists' League
  • Member, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Martha Fischer, curator of mammals/ungulates

  • Chair, Equids Taxon Advisory Group
  • Chair, Antelope and Giraffe Taxon Advisory Group
  • Subgroup coordinator, Arid Land Antelope, Gazelles and Pronghorn
  • Coordinator, Grevy's Zebra Species Survival Plan
  • Coordinator, Speke's Gazelle Population Management Plan
  • Secretary, Elephant Species Survival Plan/Taxon Advisory Group
  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Grevy's zebra
  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Speke's gazelle
  • Institutional rep, Caprid Taxon Advisory Group
  • Institutional rep, Addax, Arabian Oryx, Bongo, Okapi, Grevy's Zebra, Mhorr/Addra Gazelle, Asian Elephant Species Survival Plans
  • Director, Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Advisor, Wild Pig, Peccary and Hippo Taxon Advisory Group
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Grevy's Zebra Trust
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Elephant Foundation
  • Member, Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Equid Specialist Group
  • Professional member, Elephant Managers Association

Michael Macek, curator of birds

  • Chair, Piciformes Taxon Advisory Group
  • Coordinator, Crested Screamers Population Management Plan
  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Crested, Horned and Black-necked Screamers
  • Member, Management Group, Species Survival Plans for Cinereous Vulture, Congo Peafowl, Great and Rhinoceros Hornbills, Humboldt Penguin and Micronesian Kingfisher
  • Member, Steering Committee, Taxon Advisory Groups for Galliformes/Tinamiformes, Penguins and Coraciiformes
  • Member, Taxon Advisory Groups for Anseriformes (Ducks/Geese), Ciconiiformes, Columbiformes, Gruiformes, Passeriformes, Cracids and Raptors
  • Institutional rep, Species Survival Plans for Bali Mynah, Wattled Crane, White-naped Crane, Mauritius Pink Pigeon, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Blue Crowned Pigeon and White-winged Wood Duck
  • Director, Center for Conservation of the Horned Guan, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Director, Center for Humboldt Penguin Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Director, Center for Mariana Avifauna Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Cracid Specialist Group

Ingrid Porton, curator of mammals/primates

  • Co-director, AZA Wildlife Contraception Center at Saint Louis Zoo
  • Coordinator, Species Survival Plans for Black Lemur (Black/Blue-eyed), and Ruffed Lemur (Black and White/Red)
  • Vice-chair, Madagascar Fauna Group
  • Studbook Keeper, International Studbooks for Black Lemur (Black/Blue-eyed) & Ruffed Lemur (Black and White, Red)
  • Member, Contraception Scientific Advisory Group
  • Member, Steering Committee, Prosimians Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Steering Committee, Ape Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, CBSG
  • Member, Gorilla Behavior Advisory Group
  • Member, Management Group, Species Surival Plans for Chimpanzee, Ring-tailed Lemur, and Macaques
  • Institutional rep, Species Survival Plan for Eulemur
  • Institutional rep, New World Primate Taxon Advisory Group
  • Director, Center for Madagascar Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Member, Contraception Scientific Advisory Group
  • Member, American Society of Primatologists
  • Member, International Society of Primatologists
  • Member, IUCN Primate Specialist Group
  • Member, Society for Conservation Biology

Alice Seyfried, Fred Saigh curator/Children's Zoo

  • Chair, Marsupial and Monotreme Taxon Advisory Group
  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Short-beaked Echidna
  • Coordinator, Short-beaked Echidna Population Management Plan
  • Member, Management Group, Tree Kangaroo Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Management Group, Koala Species Survival Plan
  • Director, Center for Conservation in Papua New Guinea, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Director, Center for Conservation in Forest Park, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute

Ed Spevak, curator of invertebrates

  • Coordinator, scimitar-horned oryx Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Small Population Management Advisory Group (SPMAG)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Antelope Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Terrestrial Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group
  • SPMAG Advisor, Addax Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Grevy's Zebra Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Mhorr and Addra Gazelle Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Przewalski's Horse Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Red Panda Species Survival Plan
  • SPMAG Advisor, Somali Wild Ass Population Management Plan
  • Member, Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group
  • Member, Saharan Conservation Fund, Conservation & Science Committee
  • Member, IUCN/Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

Anne Bartin, zoological manager, Children's Zoo

  • Co-chair, Children's Zoo Interest Group
  • Advisor, Conservation Education Committee, Children's Zoo Interest Group
  • Member, Steering Committee, Pangolin, Aardvark and Xenarthrran Taxon Advisory Group

Joseph Knobbe, zoological manager, primates

  • Coordinator, Baboon Species Survival Plan
  • Institutional rep, Guenon Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Steering Committee, Old World Monkeys Taxon Advisory Group

Rachael Macy, zoological manager, carnivores

  • Institutional rep, Giant Anteater Population Management Plan
  • Institutional rep, Malayan Sun Bear, Andean Bear Species Survival Plans
  • Member, Management Group, Andean Bear Species Survival Plan

Bob Merz, zoological manager/invertebrates

  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for American Burying Beetle
  • Director, Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute
  • Member, The Nature Conservancy
  • Member, Missouri Prairie Foundation

Cory Nordin, zoological manager, elephant

  • Institutional rep, Rhino Taxon Advisory Group
  • Institutional rep, Black Rhino Species Survival Plan and Studbook

Tim Thier, zoological manager, antelope

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Somali Wild Ass
  • Coordinator, Somali Wild Ass Population Management Plan
  • Institutional rep, Cervid Taxon Advisory Group
  • Institutional rep, Species Survival Plans: babirusa, Chacoan peccary, Visayan warty pig, banteng
  • I-rep, Taxon Advisory Groups for wild pig/peccary/hippo and bison/buffalo/cattle

Anne Tieber, zoological manager, birds

  • Species manager, Golden White-eye
  • Manager, Bearded Barbet Population Management Plan
  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Bearded Barbet
  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Red and Yellow Barbet

Mark Wanner, zoological manager/herps and aquatics

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Armenian Viper
  • Studbook keeper, Historic Studbook for Green Tree Python
  • Manager, Armenian Viper Population Management Plan

Matt Edgar, keeper, amphibians and reptiles

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Ocellated Mountain Viper

Eric Jeltes, keeper, birds

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Sarus Crane
  • Coordinator, Sarus Crane Population Management Plan
  • Member, Steering Committee, Gruiformes Taxon Advisory Group

Melissa Miller, senior keeper, birds

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Lesser Kudu

Christy Poelker, senior keeper, antelope

  • Studbook keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Grant's Gazelle
  • Coordinator, Grant's Gazelle Population Management Plan

Rae Lynn Haliday, registrar

  • Registrar Advisor, Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Animal Data Information Systems Committee

Research Department

Cheryl Asa, Ph.D., director of research

  • Co-director, AZA Wildlife Contraception Center at Saint Louis Zoo
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group
  • Reproduction Advisor, IUCN/SSC Equid Specialist Group
  • Reproduction Advisor, Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Groups for Behavior, Biomaterials Banking, Reproduction, and Research Coordinators Committee
  • Project Manager, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for MesoAmerican Conservation, Bosawas
  • Chair, Contraception Scientific Advisory Group
  • Member, Survival Service Commission, CBSG
  • Member, Science and Technology Committee
  • Member, Editorial Board, ZOO BIOLOGY
  • Member, Taxon Advisory Groups for Buffalo/Bison/Cattle, Canid/Hyenid, Antelope and Giraffe, Small Carnivore and Equid
  • Member, Executive Advisory Board, International Center for Tropical Ecology UMSL
  • Founding member, Mesomerican Society of Biology & Conservation
  • Member, Society of Conservation Biology
  • Consultant, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexican Wolf Recovery Team
  • Member, U.S. National Park Service Channel Island Fox Recovery Team

Karen Bauman, laboratory manager

  • Coordinator, Fennec Fox Species Survival Plan
  • Studbook Keeper, North American Regional Studbook for Fennec Fox
  • Secretary, Canids/Hyenids Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Taxon Advisory Groups for Anseriformes, Antelope and Giraffe, Bison/Buffalo/Cattle, Canid and Hyaenid
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Groups for Biomaterials Banking, Institutional Data Management, and Reproduction
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Canid Specialty Group
  • Member, International Society for Biotelemetry
  • Member, Remote Sensing & GIS Working Group, The Wildlife Society
  • Member, American Society of Mammalogists
  • Member, U.S. National Park Service Channel Island Fox Recovery Team

Joan Bauman, endocrinologist

  • Member, Contraception and Reproduction Scientific Advisory Groups
  • Chairman, Education Committee, Clinical Ligand Assay Society

Animal Health/Nutrition Department

Martha Weber, DVM, staff veterinarian

  • Veterinary Advisor, Species Survival Plans for Ruffed lemurs (Black and white, Red)
  • Veterinary Advisor, Pelicaniformes Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Contraception Scientific Advisory Group
  • AAZV Representative, AZA Animal Data Information System Committee
  • AAZV Co-chair, Zoological Information Management System Committee
  • Member, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

Mary Duncan, BVMS, veterinary pathologist

  • Pathology Advisor, Species Survival Plans for Black Rhinoceros and Okapi
  • Pathology Advisor, Old World Monkeys Taxon Advisory Group
  • Member, Biomaterials Banking Scientific Advisory Group
  • Member, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
  • Member, AAZV Education Committee

Education Department

Louise Bradshaw, director of education

  • Member, AZA Regional Conference Program Committee
  • Education Liaison, Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for MesoAmerican Conservation, Bosawas
  • Member, AZA Executive Conference Committee
  • Member, Graphics Advisory Group
  • Advisor, Conservation Education Committee
  • Instructor and Course Administrator, Conservation Education Academy
  • Member, The St. Louis Academy of Science

Facilities Management

David F. McGuire, A.I.A., Vice President, Architecture & Planning

  • Member, Green Practices Scientific Advisory Group
  • Member, Aquarium and Zoo Facilities Association

Management Information Systems

Jerry French, manager

  • Advisor, AZA Zoo Information Management System