Conservation & Science Staff Bios

John Andrews, M.S.

  Associate Population Biologist
Population Management Center


  • M.S. - Nature Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois
  • B.S. - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife Conservation & Management
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology

About John Andrews:

John joined the Population Management Center (PMC) in a new position generously provided for by the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This position will help the PMC increase the services provided to population management programs around the country.

John has a B.S. from the University of Florida and a master’s in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois. His thesis focused on avian ecology questions concerning how habitat selection behaviors in declining grassland birds are influenced by information use in restored grassland habitats in central Illinois. He later went on to work on various avian research projects in Panama, Australia and most recently back in Illinois with the Illinois Natural History Survey studying haemoparasites in avian populations.

John started his career with animals at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida as a bird keeper. He developed a passion for animals and zoo work through his keeper days and has returned to the zoo field. John is very excited to be working with the PMC to manage and conserve zoo species for the AZA. 


Andrews, J. E., J. D. Brawn and M. P. Ward. 2015. When to use social cues: Conspecific attraction at newly created grasslands. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 117(2):297-305.

Fletcher, RJ, Jr., Maxwell, CW, Andrews, JE, & Helmey-Hartman, WL. 2013. Signal detection theory clarifies the concept of the perceptual range and its relevance to landscape connectivity. Landscape Ecology 28:57-67.

Andrews, JE, Meyer, KD, & Zimmerman, G. 2011. Focus on Florida: Ectoparasite content of Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus) nests. University of Florida: Journal of Undergraduate Research. 12(2):1-5.