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.
EXPERIENCE 2015 – Present Consultantin 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.
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.
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 AssistantEditor. Journal of Asia-Pacific Biodiversity.
2014-Present Board of Scientific Advisors. Butterfly Pavilion, Westminister, CO.
2014-Present ReviewEditor. 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.