Conservation & Science Staff Bios
Colleen Lynch, M.S.
Consulting Population Biologist, Population Management Center
- M.S. – Biology, Kin Differentiation in Baboons (Papio papio), Northern Illinois University
- B.S. – Biology, Illinois Benedictine College
Areas of Expertise
- Small population management
- Reintroduction planning/evaluation
- Integrated management of captive/wild populations
- Management and sustainability of avian populations
About Colleen Lynch:
Colleen has been with the Population Management Center since its inception in 2000, serving as a scientific advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ cooperatively managed animal populations. Colleen specializes in the unique challenges of population management for captive populations managed for the purpose of wild population recovery. In this capacity she serves as an advisor to government agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.
In addition to advising zoo population managers, Colleen is currently curator of birds at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina. She is therefore especially concerned with using population biology to examine the management and sustainability of avian populations.
Prior to joining Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Colleen was Hope B. McCormick Curator of Birds at Lincoln Park Zoo. Colleen also worked as a bird keeper and incubation specialist at the Zoological Society of San Diego’s Avian Propagation Center. She served as studbook keeper and population manager for the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Recovery Program.