Dr. Allison Alberts
Dr. Allison Alberts currently serves San Diego Zoo Global as Chief Conservation and Research Officer. She is responsible for the ongoing conservation science activities at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, including work at the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research and at field sites in 35 countries around the world. As a reptile and amphibian specialist, she has participated in conservation programs for endangered iguanas in Costa Rica, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Fiji, as well as working with Komodo Dragon, sea turtles, Desert Tortoise, and a variety of native California frogs, lizards, and snakes. Much of her research has focused on the development of innovative techniques for restoring Critically Endangered species to the wild. Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of Museums, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is also co-founder and past co-chair of the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group. Allison holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego, respectively, and has completed the Organization for Tropical Studies Tropical Ecology course at the Universidad de Costa Rica. She is an adjunct faculty member at San Diego State University and has authored over 100 scientific articles and technical reports and three books. She and her husband, Mike, and two sons, Connor and Jonathan, enjoy international travel and have visited many parts of the world, including southern Africa, southeast Asia, Australia, Fiji, and much of Latin America and the Caribbean. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, swimming, and gardening.