John Andrews, M.S.

Conservation & Science
AZA Population Management Center
Assistand Director
  • M.S. – Nature Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois
  • B.S. – Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife conservation and management
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Small population biology
  • Small population management
  • Pedigree analysis and development of pedigree assumptions


In 2014, John joined the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC) in a newly created position that helps the center provide additional services to population management programs around the country.

John’s previous research experience focused on avian ecology and questions concerning habitat selection behaviors of grasshopper sparrows. His work was used to improve conservation management of declining grassland bird species in Central Illinois. He later went on to work on various avian research projects in Panama; Australia; and, most recently, back in Illinois with the Illinois Natural History Survey, where he studied haemoparasites in avian populations.

John started his career with animals as a bird keeper at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida. He developed a passion for animals and zoo work through his keeper days and has returned to the zoo field. His unique experience as an animal keeper, teacher, and field researcher make him well suited to working with the PMC to manage and conserve zoo species for the AZA.


  • Andrews, J. E., Alaze, M., and Tri Hastuti, Y. (2022). Bridging the gap in ex situ and in situ population management of anoa. BULLetin: Journal of the IUCN SSC Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group, 7, 14–20.
  • Andrews, J. E. (2018). A day in the life of a population biologist at the AZA Population Management Center in Chicago. Animal Keepers Forum, 45(11&12), 343–344.
  • Andrews, J. E. and Hoffman, M. (2018). Population management of the Eastern Indigo Snake Species Survival Plan® and its role in Reintroduction: a case study. Animal Keepers Forum. 45(11&12), 335–337.
  • Che-Castaldo, J., Andrews, J., Hoffman, M., Ferri, D., and Elmore, M. (2017). Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) AZA Animal Program Population Viability Analysis Summary Report. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL.
  • Terwilliger, L., Harden, C., Andrews, J., Irmscher, S., Bearman, R., and Petefish, D. (2016). Lesser Madagascar Hedgehog Tenrec (Echinops telfairi) AZA Animal Program Population Viability Analysis Summary Report. Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL.
  • Gray, S. M., Parsons, A. W., Andrews, J. E., Schad Eebes, K., Faust, L. J., & Che-Castaldo, J. (2023). Institutional networks in cooperative population management: Exploring patterns in transfer fulfillment. Zoo Biology, Early View.
  • Andrews, J. E. (2022). The behavioural biology of parrots. In P. Rose (Ed.), The Behavioural Biology of Zoo Animals (1st ed., pp. 171–183). CRC Press.
  • Annetti, K. L., Rivera, N. A., Andrews, J. E., & Mateus-Pinilla, N. 2017. Survey of Haemosporidian Parasites in Resident and Migrant Game Birds of Illinois. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 8(2), 661–668.
  • Andrews, J. E., J. D. Brawn and M. P. Ward. 2015. When to use social cues: Conspecific attraction at newly created grasslands. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 117(2):297-305.
  • Fletcher, R. J. Jr., C. W. Maxwell, J. E. Andrews & W. L. Helmey-Hartman. 2013. Signal detection theory clarifies the concept of perceptual range and its relevance to landscape connectivity. Landscape Ecology 28:57-67.
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