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Paul Marinari

Senior Curator
B.S., University of Delaware; M.S., University of Wyoming

In his role within the Center for Species Survival at the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute (SCBI), Paul Marinari is responsible for overseeing animal operations at the Front Royal, Virginia facility and working with senior staff to implement the facility's master plan. Marinari's major responsibilities also include ensuring that the growing animal collection is linked to sustainable population development through research and improved management, especially with the Conservation Centers for Species Survival (C2S2). He also works with other zoos, universities, state, federal, and tribal governments.

Marinari brings decades of wildlife conservation experience to SCBI. Over the last 20 years, he has worked for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Most notably, he was the on-site Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center from 1996 until May, 2012. In this position, he played a major role in linking ex situ breeding initiatives with in situ reintroduction, including working with and bringing together many stakeholders as well as facilitating research. Marinari has also conducted collaborative research in reproductive biology, nutrition, genetics, enrichment, vaccine development, pre-reintroduction preparation and monitoring of reintroduced animals.
Marinari earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology and anthropology from the University of Delaware in 1987 and a Master of Science in zoology and physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1992 from his studies of the endangered black-footed ferret.
Recent Publications: 
Lima, David Baruc Cruvinel, da Silva, Lucia Daniel Machado, Marinari, Paul and Comizzoli, Pierre. 2020. Long-Term Preservation of Testicular Tissue Integrity and Viability Using Vitrification in the Endangered Black-Footed Ferret (Mustela nigripes). Animals, 1865-1865. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10101865
Santymire, Rachel M., Lavin, Shana R., Branvold-Faber, Heather, Kreeger, Julie, Che-Castaldo, Judy, Rafacz, Michelle and Marinari, Paul E. 2020. Influence of vitamin E and carcass feeding supplementation on fecal glucocorticoid and androgen metabolites in male black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes). PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241085
Arvelo, Miguel, Braun, Michael J., Coyle, Brian J., Davis, Sam, Diaz, Zirza, Fink, Jonathan, Lynch, Warren, Hansen, Paula, Marinari, Paul, Miranda, Jonathan, Monfort, Steven L., Ovalle-Moleiro, Leonel, Rodríguez, Jon Paul, Rodríguez-Clark, Kathryn M., Rodríguez-Ferraro, Adriana, Royer, Erica, Sánchez-Mercado, Ada Y. and Sucre, Bibiana. 2017. The Red Siskin Initiative: Saving an Endangered Finch in Partnership with Aviculturists. , 45-66.