Conservation & Science Staff Bios
Steven D. Thompson, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Capital and Programmatic Planning
Lincoln Park Zoo
Steve Thompson received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine in 1980. His graduate work focused on the relationships between foraging behavior, physiological ecology, habitat structure, and species diversity in desert rodent communities of the southwestern United States. He has published papers on the evolutionary divergence of marsupial and eutherian mammals, energy use during mammalian locomotion, energy use during mammalian reproduction, physiological adaptations and variability of mammals, and mammalian population biology. From 1983 to 1990 he was a research fellow and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoological Park.
Thompson became head of the Conservation and Science Department at Lincoln Park Zoo in 1990. His research in population biology now focuses on the application of population genetics and demography to the conservation of endangered species. He is currently a member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s (AZA) Wildlife Conservation and Management Committee and Small Population Management Advisory Group, chair of AZA’s Research Coordinating Committee, Species Coordinator for the Pygmy Hippopotamus Species Survival Plan, and regional studbook keeper for the Bali mynah and pygmy hippopotamus. Thompson also heads the AZA’s Population Management Center at Lincoln Park Zoo and chairs the committee that leads the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes.