Cara Groome Bryan, M.S.

Conservation & Science
AZA Population Management Center
Consulting Population Biologist
  • M.S. – Biodiversity and Conservation, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • B.S. – Zoology, University College, Dublin, Ireland
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Areas of Expertise

  • Small population management
  • Pedigree analysis and development of pedigree assumptions
  • Population management of group-living species


Cara has worked with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC) since 2008, serving as a scientific advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums™ (AZA) cooperatively managed animal populations. As a PMC population biologist, she is responsible for conducting genetic and demographic analyses and preparing breeding and transfer plans for nearly 400 species managed in more than 200 AZA-accredited zoos.

In addition to advising zoo population managers, Cara contributes to the development of population management software and research on small population management methodology.

Prior to joining the PMC, Cara worked various zookeeping positions at Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo and was a biochemist in the biotechnology sector.

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