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Ricardo Stanoss, D.V.M.

D.V.M., School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Ricardo Stanoss is the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation’s Academic Program Manager. In this position, he is responsible for leading a team of scientists and educators in developing future conservation leaders by combining the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution and George Mason University. Dr. Stanoss focuses on creating pathways to help emerging young conservationists develop into conservation innovators who devise creative solutions to the most pressing conservation problems.

Dr. Stanoss worked in grassroots conservation in Latin America with rural and indigenous communities. Before arriving at the Smithsonian, he ran an innovative conservation capacity development program in the Chicago area, nationally and globally. During his career path as a passionate conservationist and educator, Dr. Stanoss amassed significant experience in creating, implementing and evaluating novel conservation capacity initiatives, developing successful collaborations with academia, NGOs, government agencies and communities across vastly different cultures around the world.
Dr. Stanoss graduated as a veterinarian at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After briefly working with dairy cows in Argentina, he migrated to the U.S. where he became interested in wildlife conservation and what makes it possible. Through his work in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Stanoss gradually expanded his interests from the animals he loves to the individuals who could make a difference in conservation.
Recent Papers: 

Grajal, A., Luebke, J. F., Kelly, L.-A. D., Matiasek, J., Clayton, S., Karazsia, B. T., Saunders, C. D., Goldman, S. R., Mann, M. E. and Stanoss, R. 2017. The complex relationship between personal sense of connection to animals and self-reported proenvironmental behaviors by zoo visitors. Conservation Biology, 31: 322–330. doi:10.1111/cobi.12780

Matiasek, J., Stanoss, R., Kutska, D., Owen, K., France, K., Kelly, L.-A.D., & Grajal, A. 2013. Youth volunteer interpreters as facilitators of learning about climate change in zoo settingsBrookfield, IL: Chicago Zoological Society.