John Seidensticker

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John Seidensticker, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., and serves as Chairman of the Save The Tiger Fund Council.

As a conservation biologist and senior scientist at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Dr. Seidensticker's research efforts have focused on understanding and encouraging landscape patterns and conditions where large mammals can persist, training future conservation leaders, and diffusing environmental understanding through his writing, public appearance, and museum and zoo exhibits.

He has been a member of the IUCN-World Conservation Cat Specialist Group since 1974, a professional fellow of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association since 1989, a member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Save The Tiger Fund Council since 1995, and its chairman since 1997.

Dr. Seidenstickerj has traveled widely in Asia and served as an ecologist and park planner for the Indonesia World Wildlife Fund Program. He has also conducted fieldwork in the Sundarbans of Bangladesh and India, in Thailand, and in Sri Lanka. He co-authored The Javan Tiger and the Meru-Betiri Reserve: A Plan for Management; Sundarbans Wildlife Management Plan: Conservation in the Bangladesh Coastal Zone; Saving the Tiger; and co-edited Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in Human-dominated Landscapes. Most recently, he is co-author with Susan Lumpkin of the Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas and Cats in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book.

He pioneered the use of radio telemetry to study the mountain lion in North America and wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on Mountain Lion Social Organization in the Idaho Primitive Area. As founding principal investigator of the Smithsonian-Nepal Tiger Ecology Project, he was co-leader of the team that captured and radio-tracked the first wild tigers in Nepal.

Dr. Seidensticker is author or editor of more than 160 articles and books including the widely acclaimed Great Cats, Dangerous Animals, Tigers, and Cats and Wild Cats. His avocations include traveling, walking, gardening, and photography.

He was raised on a cattle ranch in Montana and studied at the University of Montana and the University of Idaho, where he received the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Silver and Gold Award.

 

Present Appointments

Senior Scientist, Conservation and Research Center, Department of Conservation Biology, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20008

Chairman of the Save The Tiger Fund Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Personal

Born: Whitehall, Montana, July 20, 1944

Married to: Susan Lumpkin, Ph.D.

Daughter: Lesley Anne, born January 6, 1983

Academic Degrees

B.A., Zoology, 1966, University of Montana, Missoula

M.S., Zoology (Wildlife Option), 1968, University of Montana, Missoula (Thesis: Response of Juvenile Raptors to DDT in their Diet, 74 pp.)

Ph.D., Wildlife Science, 1973, University of Idaho, Moscow (Dissertation: Mountain Lion Social Organization in the Idaho Primitive Area, 146 pp.)

Certification

Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society, 1981

Honorary Societies and Honors

Phi Sigma (Biological Sciences)

Sigma Xi, Associate (Research)

Xi Sigma Pi (Forestry)

R.E. Demick Award for 1972 by the Oregon Chapter, The Wildlife Society

Professional Fellow, American Zoo and Aquarium Association, 1989

Who's Who in the East

Silver and Gold Distinguished Alumni, University of Idaho, 1998

Professional Societies

Zoological Society of London, Scientific Fellow

American Society of Mammalogists

Ecological Society of America

The Wildlife Society

Society for Conservation Biology

American Zoo and Aquarium Association

Positions

Post-Ph.D.

2003 to present: Senior Scientist, Conservation and Research Center, Department of Conservation Biology, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

2000 to 2003: Senior Curator and Curator of Mammals, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1989 to 2000: Curator of Mammals, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1986-1989: Associate Curator, Department of Mammalogy, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1984-1986: Assistant Curator, Department of Mammalogy, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1980-1984: Wildlife Ecologist, Department of Zoological Research, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1979: Visiting Scientist, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1976-1978: Ecologist and Park Planner, World Wildlife Fund-Indonesia Program, Bogor, Indonesia

1975-1976: Visiting Scientist, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1973-1976: Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

1972-1974: Founding Principal Investigator, Smithsonian-Nepal Tiger Ecology Project, Kathmandu, Nepal

Pre-Ph.D.
1969-1972: Graduate Fellow, Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, University of Idaho, Moscow

1964-1968: Research Assistant, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, University of Montana, Missoula

1963-1964: Range Aid, Bureau of Land Management (USDI), Dillon, Montana (summers)

1958-1962: Ranch Hand, Seidensticker Ranch, Inc., Twin Bridges, Montana (summers)

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