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.

Publications

Faust, LJ, Bergstrom, YM, Thompson, SD, and Bier, L. 2012. Poplink Version 2.3. Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago, IL.

Faust, LJ, Bergstrom, YM, and Thompson, SD, and Bier, L. 2011. PopLink Version 2.2. Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago, IL.

Earnhardt J, Faust, L.J., and Thompson, S.D. 2009. Extinction risk assessment for the Species Survival Plan (SSP) population of the Bali mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi). American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Suppl 44): 123-124.

Faust, L.J., Bergstrom, Y.M., Thompson, S.D., and Bier, L. 2009. PopLink Version 2.1. Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago, IL.

Earnhardt, JM, Bergstrom, YM, Lin, A, Faust, LJ, Schloss, CA, and Thompson, SD. 2008. ZooRisk: A Risk Assessment Tool. Version 3.8. Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago, IL.

Faust L.J., Earnhardt, J.E. and Thompson, S.D. 2006. Is reversing the decline of Asian elephants in captivity possible? An individual-based modeling approach. Zoo Biology, 25(3): 201-218.

Cronin, K., Mitchell, M., Lonsdorf, E.V. and Thompson, S.D. 2006. One year later: evaluation of the PMC-recommended births and transfers. Zoo Biology, 25: 267-278.

Faust, L.J., Jackson, R., Ford, A., Earnhardt, J. M. and Thompson, S.D. 2004. Models for management of wildlife populations: Lessons from spectacled bears in zoos and grizzly bears in Yellowstone. System Dynamics Review, 20(2): 163-178.

Earnhardt, J.M., Thompson, S.D. and Schad, K. 2004. Strategic planning for captive population: projecting changes in genetic diversity. Animal Conservation, 7: 9-16.

Faust, L.J., Thompson, S.D., Earnhardt, J.M., Brown, E., Ryan, S., Sherman, M. and Yurenka, M. 2003. Using stage-based system dynamics modeling for demographic management of captive populations. Zoo Biology, 22: 45-64.

Ryan, S.J., Thompson, S.D., Roth, A. and Gold, K. 2002. Effects of hand-rearing on the reproductive success of western lowland gorillas in North America. Zoo Biology, 21: 389-402.

Ryan, S.J. and Thompson, S.D. 2001. Disease risk and inter-institutional transfer of specimens in cooperative breeding programs: Herpes and elephant Species Survival Plans. Zoo Biology, 20: 89-101.

Earnhardt, J.M., Thompson, S.D. and Marhevsky, E. 2001. Interactions of Target Population Size, Population Parameters, and Program Management of Viability of Captive Populations. Zoo Biology, 20: 169-183.

Faust, L.J. and Thompson, S.D. 2000. Birth sex ratio in captive mammals: Patterns, bias, and the implications for management and conservation. Zoo Biology, 19: 11-25.

Thompson, S.D. and Bell, K.J. 1999. Collection planning at Lincoln Park Zoo: Rationale for today and template for tomorrow. American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Proceedings of National Meeting, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Thompson, S.D. 1999. Data collection, record keeping, and population biology issues for species maintained as groups. Proceedings of the First Workshop on Colony Management.

Thompson, S.D. 1999. The Lincoln Park Zoo Scott Neotropic Fund. American Zoo and Aquarium Association Field Conservation Manual. American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Thompson, S.D. 1999. The Lincoln Park Zoo Scott Neotropic Fund: Support of conservation throughout Latin America. American Zoo and Aquarium Association, Proceedings of National Meeting, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Thompson, S.D. and Bell, K.J. 1998. Institutional collection planning. Zoo Biology, 17: 95-57.

Earnhardt, J.M., Thompsom, S.D. and Turner-Erfort, G. 1998. Standards for data entry and maintenance of North American zoo and aquarium animal records databases. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois.

Thompson, S.D., Earnhardt, J.M. and Turner-Erfort, G. 1997. Guidelines for Data Entry and Maintenance of North American Regional Studbooks. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois.

Thompson, S.D. 1996. The Lincoln Park Zoo Scott Neotropic Fund: Support of conservation throughout Latin America. Proceedings of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association National Meeting, Wheeling, West Virginia.

Wemmer, C. and Thompson, S.D. 1995. A short history of scientific research in zoological gardens. Smithsonian Institution, Conservation and Research Center, Front Royal, Virginia.

Thompson, S.D. 1995. Captive breeding for wildlife conservation: A review of Creative Conservation: Interactive Management of Wild and Captive Animals. Zoo Biology, 14: 285-297.

Earnhardt, J.M., Thompson, S.D. and Willis, K. 1995. Reply to Flesness et al. Zoo Biology, 14: 519-522.

Earnhardt, J., Thompson, S.D. and Willis, K. 1995. The ISIS database: An evaluation of records essential for captive management. Zoo Biology, 14: 493-508.

Kotz, R.P., Thompson, S.D. and Meehan, T. 1994. The effect of annual scalings on the periodontal health of timber wolves (Canus lupus) at the Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens. Proceedings of the World Veterinary Dental Congress.

Thompson, S.D., Power, M., Rutledge, C. and Kleiman, D. 1994. Thermoregulation and energy use in the golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia). Folia Primatologica, 63: 131-143.

Thompson, S.D. 1993. Zoo research and conservation: Beyond sperm and eggs toward the science of animal management. Zoo Biology, 12: 155-159.

Thompson, S.D. 1992. Comparative energetics of mammalian reproduction. Comparative Physiology of Mammals, 215-259.

Thompson, S.D. 1991. Biotelemetric studies of mammalian thermoregulation. Research Symposium of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Wheeling, West Virginia.

Thompson, S.D. 1991. Thermoregulation and the cost of reproduction. Proceedings of the 9th Dr. Scholl Conference on the Nutrition of Captive Wild Animals. Lincoln Park Zoological Society.

Thompson, S.D. 1990. Thermoregulation, activity, and energy requirements of golden lion tamarins: Do big monkeys use more energy?. Proceedings of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. Wheeling, West Virginia.

Gittleman, J. and Thompson, S.D. 1988. Energy allocation in mammalian reproduction. American Zoologist, 28: 863-875.

Gittleman, J. and Thompson, S.D. 1988. The energetics of animal behavior. American Zoologist, 28: 863-875.

Thompson, S.D. 1988. The energetics of the water opossum, Chironectes minimus: The exception that proves a rule?. Physiological Zoology, 61: 450 460.

Lillegraven, J.A., Thompson, S.D., McNab, B.K. and Patton, J. 1988. The origins of eutherian mammals. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 32: 281-336.

Thompson, S.D. 1987. Body size, duration of parental care, and the intrinsic rate of natural increase in eutherian and metatherian mammals. Oecologia (Berlin), 71: 201-209.

Thompson, S.D. and Zarry, M. 1987. Resource availability and microhabitat utilization by Mojave Desert Merriam's kangaroo rats, Dipodomys merriami. Journal of Mammalogy, 68: 256-265.

Nicoll, M.E. and Thompson, S.D. 1987. The energetics of reproduction in therian mammals: didelphids and tenrecs. Symposim of the Zoological Society of London, 57: 7-27.

Thompson, S.D., Ono, K., Oftedal, O. and Boness, D. 1987. Thermoregulation of neonatal California seal lions (Zalophus californianus). Physiological Zoology, 60: 730-736.

Thompson, S.D. and Nicoll, M.E. 1986. Basal metabolic rate and the energetics of reproduction in therian mammals. Nature, 321: 690-693.

Thompson, S.D. 1985. Bipedal hopping and seed dispersion selection by heteromyid rodents: The role of locomotion energetics. Ecology, 66: 220-229.

Thompson, S.D. 1985. Subspecific differences in metabolism, thermoregulation, and torpor in the western harvest mouse, Reithrodontomys megalotis. Physiological Zoology, 58: 430-444.

Hennemann III, W.W., Thompson, S.D. and Konecny, M.J. 1983. Metabolism of crab eating foxes, Cerdocyon thous: Ecological influences on the energetics of canids. Physiological Zoology, 56: 319-324.

Thompson, S.D. 1982. Microhabitat utilization and foraging behavior of bipedal and quadrupedal heteromyid rodents. Ecology, 63: 1303-1312.

Thompson, S.D. 1982. 1982. Spatial utilization and foraging behavior of the desert woodrat, Neotoma lepida. Journal of Mammalogy, 63: 570-581.

Thompson, S.D. 1982. Structure and composition in desert rodent species assemblages: Effects of a simple habitat manipulation. Ecology, 63: 1313-1321.

Morton, S.E., Recher, H.R., Thompson, S.D. and Braithwaite, R. 1982. The reproductive strategies of marsupial and eutherian mammals. American Naturalist, 120: 128-134.

Thompson, S.D., MacMillen, R.E., Burke, E. and Taylor, C.R. 1980. The energetic cost of bipedal hopping in small mammals. Nature, 287: 223-224.

Thompson, S.D. 1977. Survey of the terrestrial vertebrates of the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve, Orange County, CA. California Department of Fish and Game Publication.