Hana Johnstone


Conservation & Science


AZA Population Management Center


Research Assistant


B.S. – Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation), University of Washington
B.A. – Comparative Literature (Cinema Studies), University of Washington


Area of Expertise

  • Wildlife conservation


Hana graduated from the University of Washington, where she studied biology and comparative literature. As an undergraduate, she collaborated with staff at Woodland Park Zoo to develop and collect data for three animal behavior research projects.

Following college, Hana completed various zoo-based internships to gain more experience in the field. She studied the behavior of primates, felids, and birds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and carried out animal care routines alongside mammal keepers at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society. Most recently, Hana spent a summer working in the Conservation & Science department at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) headquarters. These internships reinforced her interest in science-based approaches to wildlife conservation and the sustainable management of zoo animal populations.

Hana began as a research assistant for the AZA Population Management Center (PMC) at Lincoln Park Zoo in March 2019. In this role, she assists population biologists with the distribution of Breeding and Transfer Plans, maintains related databases, and provides administrative support.