Haley Blackwell


Conservation & Science


AZA Population Management Center


Studbook Migration Assistant


B.S. – Environmental and Natural Resources (Concentration in Conservation Biology), Clemson University

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Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation biology
  • Data management


During her undergraduate education, Haley completed a research project in collaboration with the Forest Service on microclimate use in tricolor bats.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Haley went on to spend a year as an ESL teacher in Fuzhou, China, followed by two months in Albacete, Spain, as an au pair. Upon her return to the U.S., she accepted a position as a fisheries observer with Techsea, Int. Through this experience, Haley learned about data management through daily communication with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She also observed many interesting sea creatures, such as humpback whales and sleeper sharks.

Haley began as a studbook migration assistant for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo in January of 2020. Her role consists of data entry, accuracy checks, and assisting studbook keepers in the migration of their data to ZIMS sandbox and LIVE versions.