Rachel Bladow, M.S.

Conservation & Science
AZA Population Management Center
Senior Population Biologist
  • M.S. – Biological Science, Florida Atlantic University
  • B.S. – Coastal Biology, University of North Florida

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Small population biology
  • Small population management
  • Pedigree analysis and development of pedigree assumptions


While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Rachel studied the impacts of mosquito control pesticide exposure on reef-building coral. As an undergraduate student, she was an animal care intern (and later completed an externship) at the Saint Louis Zoo herpetarium.

During her master’s degree program at Florida Atlantic University, she completed a multi-faceted project that examined the impacts of climate change, such as increased temperature and storm events, and beach change on the embryonic mortality of green and loggerhead sea turtles.

Rachel’s past employment has included reptile husbandry and sea turtle nesting surveys, as well as teaching biological laboratory classes. Rachel is excited to be utilizing her background in animal husbandry and research to assist with conservation and management of zoo species at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center (PMC).


  • Gray, S. M., Faust, L. J., Kuykendall, N. A., Bladow, R. A., Schad Eebes, K., & Che‐Castaldo, J. P. (2022). Reasons for unfulfilled breeding and transfer recommendations in zoos and aquariums. Zoo Biology, 41, 143–156. https://doi.org/10.1002/zoo.21664
  • Bladow, R.A., and Milton, S.L. 2019. Embryonic mortality in green (Chelonia mydas) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtle nests increases with cumulative exposure to elevated temperatures. Journal of Experiment Marine Biology and Ecology, 518, 151180.
  • Bladow, R.A. and Briggs, T.M.R. 2017. Natural and Human Influences on Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting, Hatching, and Emergence Success. Shore & Beach: Dedicated Issue on Coastal Engineering and Research in Florida, 85(3), p. 3–11.
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