Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



2016 Spring Community Lecture Series

Co-sponsored by the Smithsonian–Mason School of Conservation
Wednesday Evenings | April 6 – 27, 2016 | 7 p.m.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute | Front Royal, Virginia

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share their adventures during our free science lecture series.

April 6 | Copper Aitken-Palmer

SCBI and Giant Panda Conservation
You might have heard about the Zoo's giant panda cub Bei Bei in the news! But did you know how SCBI contributed to his birth? Join SCBI's Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer as she discusses SCBI's role in bringing the Smithsonian National Zoo's newest panda cub into the world. She will also describe SCBI's ongoing giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) conservation efforts in China.

April 13 | Annie Page-Karjian

Wildlife Disease in Marine Mammals and Turtles
Dr. Page-Karjian is a veterinary pathologist whose focus is infectious diseases in marine wildlife. Her most recent research involves understanding characteristics of subclinical infection and transmission of the herpesvirus associated with sea turtle fibropapillomatosis. Marine wildlife species such as sea turtles and marine mammals are prime sentinels of environmental and public health problems. Infectious diseases are indicators of a broad stress syndrome that is ongoing in the marine environment.

April 20 | Jennifer Nagashima

The First Successful Use of IVF to Produce Healthy Domestic Puppies
SCBI scientists and researchers from Cornell University recently became the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to produce, live, healthy domestic puppies from cryopreserved embryos. SCBI doctoral fellow Jennifer Nagashima is the first participant in the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate training Program. She will describe the study that led to the successful IVF procedures, and its conservation implications for endangered canid species.

April 27 | Jared Stabach

It's Not Too Late! Reintroduction Plans for the Scimitar-horned Oryx.
The scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) became extinct in the wild in the 1990s due to overhunting, habitat loss, and competition with livestock. SCBI has maintained scimitar-horned oryx in its collection since opening in 1975, with scientists being instrumental in developing advanced reproductive technologies for this species. Now, in partnership with the Sahara Conservation Fund, a reintroduction effort will begin this year in Chad. SCBI postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jared Stabach will speak on the reintroduction, including plans for GPS monitoring of released animals.


Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., April 6 - 27

The series is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited, so arrive early.

Lectures will be held at the SCBI's campus
Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Dining Hall
1500 Remount Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630

Please note: pets are not allowed on SCBI property.

The SMSC Dining Hall will be open for dinner from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. on lecture dates. Please RSVP by email to jhalpin1@gmu.edu if you plan to come for dinner.


Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) Dining Hall
1500 Remount Road
Front Royal, VA 22630

From the east:

  • Take I-66 west to the Linden/Front Royal exit #13
  • At end of ramp, turn left, under freeway to stoplight at Route 55
  • Turn right (west) on Route 55 and travel five miles into Front Royal
  • Turn left at signal, Route 522/Remount Road
  • Drive approximately 2 miles and take a left into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs

From Rappahannock:

  • From US 211 take 522 north ~ 12 miles
  • Turn right into Gate 2 and follow event parking signs

For More Information

Contact the SCBI/FONZ Education Office by calling: (540) 635-6540
Contact the SCBI/FONZ Education Office by e-mail: SCBIeducation@si.edu