|RICHARD P. READING
Home Address: 1452 Hudson St., Denver, CO 80220
Work Address: Denver Zoological Foundation, 2300 Steele Street, Denver, CO 80205
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Phone/Fax: 720-337-1545 (W); 303-653-8436 (C); 303-376-4806 (Fax)
Yale Graduate School, New Haven, CT. M.S., M.Phil., & Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology.
Dissertation: Toward an Endangered Species Reintroduction Paradigm: A Case Study of the Black-footed Ferret.
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT. Master of Environmental Studies.
Master's Project: Conservation & Management of the Endangered Species of the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.
Trinity College, Hartford, CT. B.S. Biology.
Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC. Research & Courses in Marine Biology.
2015 – Present Consultant in Conservation Biology.
Providing consultation services for a wide variety of private and government organizations on a broad range of conservation topics, including field research into biodiversity conservation, protected areas management, animal translocations, establishing high performance teams to address conservation issues, developing conservation policies, developing conservation education and outreach programs, conducting data analyses, and more. Current (summer, 2015) clients include the Southern Plains Land Trust (assisting with developing and implementing a bison translocation and conservation program) and the Butterfly Pavilion (assisting with establishing a conservation biology department and conservation programming).
1996 - 2015 Vice President for Conservation. Denver Zoological Foundation.
Founder and Vice President of the Department of Conservation Biology (now the Department of Conservation and Research). The Department is responsible for the conservation and research missions of the zoo and therefore develops, conducts, and facilitates research and conservation activities, including dozens of projects within the zoo, in the West, and throughout the world. Position includes setting overall direction for the conservation initiatives of the organization; overseeing and conducting research projects in the zoo, the U.S., and overseas; initiating and implementing conservation projects and programs; developing, overseeing, and fund raising for the departmental budget; teaching at area universities, and overseeing graduate students at a number of universities in the U.S. and in countries in which we work; post-doctoral position, and an international staff), an unpaid staff of several Research Associates, and the conservation and research work of staff from other Denver Zoo departments; assisting the zoo with conservation message development and integrating education and conservation initiatives; serving on the boards of other non-profit, conservation organizations; serving as the conservation and research liaison with the Board of Trustees; and forging cooperative relationships with other organizations in the region and throughout the world.
1997 - Present Adjunct Professor. Biology Department, University of Denver.
Conduct research, advise graduate and undergraduate students, and teach classes in Conservation Biology, Wildlife Biology, Field Research Methods, Population Ecology, and various graduate seminars.
2012 - Present Associate Fellow. Center for Great Plains Studies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Collaborate on research and conservation activities in the Great Plains.
1988 - Present Research Associate. Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.
Conduct research in a several disciplines, including ecology of black-tailed prairie dog colonies; social, political, organizational, policy, and biological aspects of black-footed ferret reintroduction; carnivore conservation policy; attitudes toward ecosystem management; and large felid biology and conservation in Mexico.
2002 - Present Research Associate. Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Conduct research and coordinate conservation efforts between the Denver Zoo and the Museum.
2008 - 2012 Adjoint Senior Research Professor. Biology Department. University of Colorado-Denver.
Conduct research, advise graduate and undergraduate students, and teach classes in Conservation Biology and various graduate seminars.
1994 - 2011 Research Associate. Nature Conservation International (Berlin, Germany).
Conduct research on wildlife and national parks in Mongolia, including population monitoring of argali, ibex, khulan, wild camels, Mongolian gazelle, and goitered gazelle, assessments of Mongolian national park and conservation initiatives, and analysis of hunting and commercial harvests.
1999 - 2010 Research Associate. the Wilds (Cumberland, Ohio).
Conduct research in collaboration staff from the Wilds on wildlife and national parks in Mongolia, especially wild Bactrian camels.
1999 - 2002; 2005 – 2009 Affiliate Faculty. Animal Sciences Department, Colorado State University.
Conduct research and advise students in animal physiology, wildlife ecology, nutrition, and related disciplines.
2001 - 2006 Faculty Affiliate. School of Forestry, University of Montana.
Conduct research and advise student in wildlife ecology.
1998 – 2000 Affiliate Faculty. Biology Department, Colorado State University.
Conduct research and advise students in conservation biology, wildlife ecology, and related disciplines.
1995 – 1997 Consultant. German Technical Advisory Group (GTZ).
Led teams of international and national experts in biological assessments of Three Beauties of the Gobi National Conservation Park, Mongolia. Conducted social assessment of local people’s knowledge, values, and attitudes with respect to wildlife, the park, and park management and provided management recommendations.
1994 - 1995 Consultant. UNDP/Global Environ. Fund & Mongolia Ministry for Nature & the Environment.
Co-Leader, with a Mongolian counterpart, of the Species and Park Management component of the Mongolian Biodiversity Project. Assessed the adequacy of species management and protected areas programs; developed training programs; held conferences; advised officials, and worked to improve research and management.
1991 - 1994 Consultant. Victoria Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Critically reviewed and provided recommendations on eastern barred bandicoot (a small Australian marsupial) conservation efforts in Victoria, Australia. Helped improve population monitoring, ecological research, captive propagation and reintroduction, program structuring, public support, and internal cooperation of recovery actions.
1991 - 1994 Wildlife Management Biologist. Bureau of Land Management.
Threatened and endangered species specialist focusing on black-footed ferret conservation. Conducted and supervised research on black-tailed prairie dogs and associated specie; engaged in community outreach; and worked with other organizations to promote ferret recovery.
1988 - 1992 Teaching Assistant. Yale University. (School Year)
Assisted teaching Species & Ecosystem Conservation: Developing & Applying a Policy Orientation; Wildlife Ecology; Natural Resource Science & Politics; and Science & Politics of Environmental Regulation.
1986 - 1988 Menagerie Keeper. New York Zoological Society.
Keeper throughout the Mammal Department of the Bronx Zoo. Performed independent research on captive pudu deer ingestion and nutrition.
1985 (Summer) Independent Researcher. Trinity College Department of Biology.
Taxonomic laboratory research on Rhodophyta (red algae), including description of a new species and several new records from North Carolina.
Main Advisor or Field Supervisor
Tuya, Tserenbataa. M.S. Biology. Department of Biology, University of Denver. March 2003.
Population genetic study of argali sheep (Ovis ammon) in Mongolia: Implications for conservation.
Murdoch, Jed. M.S. Biology. Department of Biology, University of Denver. March 2004.
Scent marking behavior of the San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
Kristin Salamack. M.S. Biology. Department of Biology, University of Denver. March 2008
The influence of a highly interactive species on bird species in urban habitat fragments.
Murdoch, James. Ph.D. Zoology. Department of Zoology, Oxford University. April 2009.
The ecology and conservation of small carnivores in Mongolia. (Field Supervisor).
Glyn Maude. Ph.D. Candidate. University of Bristol, Bristol, England, U.K. August 2010.
Ecology and conservation of brown hyaenas in Botswana. (Field Supervisor)
Tshimologo, Botilo. M.S. Candidate. University of Bostwana, Gabarone. Oct 2014.
A comparison of African wild dog ecology in the Central Kalahari and Okavando Delta. (Field Supervisor).
Jadamsuren Adiya. Ph.D. Candidate. Mongolian National University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Planned completion: December 2016. Ecology and conservation of wild Bactrian Camels. (co-Advisor).
Leo, Viyanna. Ph.D. Candidate. University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Planned completion: June 2016.
The role of dingos as top down regulations. (Field Supervisor)
Suuri, Buyandelger. Ph.D. Student. National University of Mongolia. Planned Completion: June 2016.
Marmots as Keystone Species in Mongolia. (co-Supervisor).
Sodnompil, Batdorj. Ph.D. Student. National University of Mongolia. Planned Completion: June 2016.
Hedgehog Resource Partitioning in Mongolia. (co-Supervisor).
Molitoris, Sandra. Honors B.S. in Animal Sciences, Colorado State University. May 1998.
Palatability of a Gel Fish Substitute for Marine Mammals: Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) and California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus).
Bestelmeyer, Stephanie. Ph.D. in Biology, Colorado State University. June 2000.
Solitary, Reproductive, and Parental Behavior in Captive and Free-Ranging Maned Wolves.
Zapico, Tom. M.S. in Biology, University of Denver. December 2000.
Effects of environment on the behavior of captive common hippos (Hippopotamus amphibius) and observations of sociosexual investigatory behaviors.
Rosmarino, Nicole. Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Colorado. May 2002.
Endangered Species Act Under Fire: ESA Controversies, Science, Values, and the Law.
Dolan, Bridgette. M.S. in Geography, University of Denver. June 2002.
Prairie Conservation and GIS: Mapping Change and Predicting Prairie Dog Habitat Preference for the Southern Plains Land Trust in Baca County, CO.
Renee, Tatja. M.S. in Biology, University of Denver. June 2002.
Allometric Analysis of Voluntary Dive Times in Fresh Water Turtles.
Bernal Stoopen, Jose F. Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University. May 2004.
Binational Collaboration in recovery of endangered species: The Mexican wolf as a case study.
Wingard, Ganchimeg. M.S. in Wildlife Biology, University of Montana. December 2005.
Seasonal food habits of argali and dietary overlap with domestic livestock in Mongolia
Magle, Seth. Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, Colorado State University. June 2007.
Ecology and dynamics of an urban complex of prairie dog colonies in the Denver metro area.
Insalaco, Emily. M.A. George Mason University. May 2010.
Evaluating enrichment devices with Denver Zoo orangutans with the goal of identifying appropriate options for orangutans in Borneo.
Bragin, Nanette. M.A.S. University of Denver. May 2010.
Creating a habitat suitability index model for argali sheep (Ovis ammon), and Siberian ibex (Capra sibirica) in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia.
Zapletal, Mirka. M.S. Antioch University. May 2012.
Habitat utilization by Daurian hedgehogs (Mesechinus dauuricus) in the Gobi Steppe Environment.
SCHOLARSHIPS / HONORS
1980 Regent’s Scholarship. New York State Board of Regents.
1980-1984 Alfred E. Ives Scholarship. Alfred E. Ives Foundation.
1980-1984 Trinity Scholarship. Trinity College.
1983 Phi Beta Kappa. Trinity College.
1983 John Small Award. (Male scholar-athlete award) Trinity College.
1982-1984 Faculty Honors List. Trinity College.
1984 Graduated 10th in class with Honors. Trinity College.
1984 Bookhout Scholarship. Duke University.
1988-1993 Yale University Fellowship. Yale University Graduate School.
1997 Biographee. Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
1997 Certificate of Appreciation. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Victoria, Australia.
2001 Certificate of Appreciation. Colorado Division of Wildlife.
2003 E-chievement Award. E-Town Radio and Whole Food.
2003 Certificate of Appreciation. Southern Plains Land Trust, Pritchett, Colorado.
2004 Biographee. Who’s Who in Sciences Higher Education
2004 Honorary Membership. Mongolian Association of Colorado.
2007 Significant Achievement in International Conservation. Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
2007 Distinguished Environmentalist. Highest honor of the Mongolian Ministry for Nature and Environment
2009 Recognition Award for Conservation Research. Dornogobi Province, Mongolia.
2012 Best Monitoring & Evaluation Award - Lake Titicaca Frog (Telmatobius culeus) Conservation Project, Peru. Eco-Index, Rainforest Alliance.
2014 Recognition Award for Contributions to Conservation. Dalanjargal Soum (County), Mongolia.
2014 Kublai Khan Gold Medal. Highest honor of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
2014 Distinguished Scientist. Highest honor of the Mongolian Ministry of Education and Science.
2015 Honorary Doctorate, Mongolian Education University.
BOARDS OF DIRECTORS
2000-2004 Board of Trustees. The Colorado-Mongolian Project: Cultural and Education Exchanges, Denver, CO.
2001-2004 Board of Directors. The Predator Conservation Alliance, Bozeman, MT. (Treasurer 2002-2003, President 2004)
2001-2003, Board of Directors. Southern Plains Land Trust, Pritchett, CO. (Newsletter Editor 2004- Present)
2003-2008 Board of Directors. Denver-Ulaanbaatar Sister Cities Committee, Denver, CO.
1999-Present Board of Directors. Argali Wildlife Research Center, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
2001-Present Board of Directors. The Mongolian Conservation Coalition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (President 2004-Present)
2007-Present Board of Directors. Idea Wild, Fort Collins, CO.
2011-Present Board of Directors. Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, Denver, CO.
2013-Present Steering Committee, Ivory Free Colorado, Denver, CO.
2015-Present Board of Directors. African Network for Animal Welfare-US, Denver, CO.
ADVISORY BOARDS & JOURNAL EDITOR
1998-2001 Member (Chair 1998-2000). Lynx-Wolverine Advisory Team to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
1999-2000 Scientific Advisor. Southern Plains Lands Trust, Pritchett, CO.
2000-2003 Member. AZA Special Task Force on Science and Technology
2004-2012 Board of Advisors. Grasslands Foundation, Lincoln, NE.
2012-2014 Board of Advisors. Lowry Range Stewardship Advisory Committee, Denver, CO
2000-Present Scientific Advisor. Rocky Mountain Wild (formerly Center for Native Ecosystems), Denver, CO.
2010-Present Scientific Advisor. Prairie Dog Coalition of the Human Society US, Boulder, CO.
2013-Present Assistant Editor. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity.
2014-Present Board of Scientific Advisors. Butterfly Pavilion, Westminister, CO.
2014-Present Review Editor. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution & Frontiers in Environmental Science
1988 - 1989 President. Yale Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
1991-1992 Senator. Yale University Graduate School Senate, New Haven, CT.
Present Professional Membership. Bison, Reintroduction, Captive Breeding, & Caprinae Groups of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission, Society for Conservation Biology, Flora and Fauna International, the Oriental Bird Club, Asian Raptor Research and Conservation Network, The Wildlife Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Natural Areas Association, and Large Herbivore Initiative.
Grants. Received support from the American Association of Zoo Keepers – Rocky Mountain Chapter, Anza-Borrego Foundation, Aquarium and Zoo Facility Association, Chicago Zoological Society, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Conservation Endowment Fund of the AZA, David Traylor Zoo, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Earthwatch Institute, Edna Sussman Fund, ESRI, Folsom Children’ Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Gerald R. Dodge Foundation, the German Technical Advisory Group (GTZ), Global Environment Facility, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, International Iguana Foundation, Minnesota Zoo’s Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Mongolian Open Forum, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Nature Conservation International, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, Partners Without Borders, Thaw Charitable Trust, Turner Endangered Species Fund, Trust for Mutual Understanding, United Nations Development Programme, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Embassy to Mongolia’s Ambassador’s Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Victorian Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, World Bank-Netherlands Trust Fund for Environmental Reform, World Society for the Protection of Animals, WWF - International, World Wildlife Fund - U.S., and a variety of private sources.
Art. Published biological illustrations and photographs.
Equipment. Experience operating four wheel drive vehicles (including double-clutch trucks), motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, small outboard boats, snow mobiles, radio telemetry equipment, winches, electronic planimeters, global positioning systems, several computer operating systems and programs, and more.
First Aid & CPR Certification. American Red Cross.
Certified Open Water Diver. (P.A.D.I.)
Scientific Referee. Review manuscripts for their scientific rigor and merit for a variety of scientific publications, including books and journal articles. Journals include Ambio, American Midland Naturalist, Animal Conservation, Biological Conservation, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Ecological Applications, Great Plains Research, Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Integrated Zoology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Arid Ecology, Journal of Mammalogy Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity, Journal of Wildlife Management, Mammalian Species, Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences, Southwestern Naturalist, Oryx, Ursus, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Society Bulletin, and Zoo Biology.
Reading, R. P. and C. W. Schneider. 1986. On the male conceptacles of two terete species of Gracilaria (Rhodophyta, Gigartinales) from North Carolina. Journal of Phycology 22:395-398.
Schneider, C. W. and R. P. Reading. 1987. A revision of the genus Peyssonnelia (Rhodophyta, Crytonemiales) from North Carolina, including P. atlantica sp. nov. Bulletin of Marine Science 40:175-192.
Reading, R. P., J. J. Grensten, S. R. Beissinger, and T. W. Clark. 1989. Attributes of black-tailed prairie dog colonies in Phillips County, MT, with management recommendations for the conservation of biodiversity. Montana Bureau of Land Management Wildlife Technical Bulletin 2:13-27.
Miller, B., C. Wemmer, D. Biggins and R. P. Reading. 1990. A proposal to conserve black-footed ferrets and the prairie dog ecosystem. Environmental Management 14:763-769.
Reading, R. P. and T. W. Clark. 1990. Black-footed ferret annotated bibliography, 1986-1990. Montana Bureau of Land Management Wildlife Technical Bulletin 3:1-22.
Reading, R. P., T. W. Clark , S. R. Kellert. 1991. Toward an endangered species reintroduction paradigm. Endangered Species Update 8(11):1-4.
Reading, R. P., T. W. Clark, P. Goldstraw, A. J. Watson, and J. H. Seebeck. 1991. An overview of eastern barred bandicoot reintroduction programs in Victoria, Australia: With recommendations for future reintroductions. Victoria Department of Conservation and the Environment. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 21 pp.
Clark, T. W., P. Schuyler, T. Donnay, P. Curlee, T. Sullivan, M. Cymerys, L. Sheeline, R. Reading, R. Wallace, T. Kennedy, Jr., A. Marcer-Battle, and Y. DeFretes. 1992. Conserving biodiversity in the real world: Professional practice using a policy orientation. Endangered Species Update 9(5/6):5-8.
Reading, R. P., T. W. Clark, A. Arnold, J. Fisher, P. Myroniuk, and J. H. Seebeck. 1992. Analysis of a threatened species restoration program: The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) in Victoria, Australia. Victoria Department of Conservation and the Environment. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. 26 pp.
Reading, R. P. and S. R. Kellert. 1993. Attitudes toward a proposed black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) reintroduction. Conservation Biology 7:569-580.
Backhouse, G. N., T. W. Clark, and R. P. Reading. 1994. The Australian eastern barred bandicoot recovery program: Evaluation and reorganization. Pp. 251-271, in: Endangered Species Recovery: Finding the Lessons and Improving the Process. T. W. Clark, R. P. Reading, and A. L. Clarke (eds.). Island Press.
Backhouse, G. N., T. W. Clark, and R. P. Reading. 1994. Reintroductions for recovery of the eastern barred bandicoot Perameles gunii in Victoria, Australia. Pp. 209-218, in: Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna, M. Serena (ed.). Surrey Beatty and Sons, Chipping Norton, Victoria.
Clark, T. W., and R. P. Reading. 1994. A professional performance perspective: Professional roles, problem solving, sharing knowledge across expertise, and learning. Pp. 351-369, in: Endangered Species Recovery: Finding the Lessons and Improving the Process. T. W. Clark, R. P. Reading, and A. L. Clarke (eds.). Island Press.
Curlee, A. P., T. W. Clark, D. Casey, and R. P. Reading. 1994. Large carnivore conservation: Back to the future. Endangered Species Update. 11(3-4):1-4.
Miller, B. J., G. Ceballos, and R. P. Reading. 1994. The prairie dog and biotic diversity. Conservation Biology 8:677-681.
Miller, B. J., R. P. Reading, C. Conway, J. Jackson, M. Hutchins, S. Forrest, N. Snyder, and S. Derrickson. 1994. A model for improving endangered species recovery programs. Environmental Management. 18:637-645.
Reading, R. P., T. W. Clark, S. R. Kellert. 1994. Attitudes and knowledge of people living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Society and Natural Resources 7:349-365.
Reading, R. P., T. W. Clark, and A. Arnold. 1994. Values and attitudes of Hamilton, Victoria residents toward the threatened eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii). Anthrozoös 7:255-269.
Reading, R. P. and B. J. Miller. 1994. The black-footed ferret recovery program: Unmasking professional and organizational weaknesses. Pp. 73-100, in: Endangered Species Recovery: Finding the Lessons and Improving the Process. T. W. Clark, R. P. Reading, and A. L. Clarke (eds.). Island Press.