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Dr. Jordan Schaul is a former board member, chief scientist and executive director of the zoo and aquarium advocacy organization ZooNation. He was an affiliate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a nonresident research associate in the Department of Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has been employed in numerous capacities at captive wildlife facilities around the world, from animal keeper to behaviorist, educator and animal curator. He was a research associate at three zoos, including the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, where he began his career as an animal keeper. He continues to consult zoological parks, aquaria, sanctuaries and rescue facilities for managing wildlife in human care.

During his training in a DVM/PhD program at The Ohio State University where he studied captive and free-ranging populations of bears, Jordan was appointed as an ex officio member of the council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA). Among other professional advisory appointments, he served as a member of the Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in a similar capacity for the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 2013, he joined the IUCN's Commission on Education and Communication. The commission "promotes learning and change towards conservation and sustainable development."

In June of 2017, he reassociated with the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) as a special assistant to the Center's executive director, working remotely from Los Angeles. He started his consulting work for the Center in 2004 after conducting field studies on Alaska's black, brown and polar bear populations, eventually relocated to Alaska to become the Center's animal curator and animal care manager -- and later assumed a role as the AWCC's director of conservation programs. The Center, which manages a 200-plus acre campus near Anchorage, is one of the most popular attractions in the state and collaborates extensively with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among other wildlife agencies.

Schaul served as the director of operations of a zoological park in California before becoming the first Westerner-in-Residence to consult South Asia's largest wildlife rescue organization. Wildlife SOS. The New Delhi-based nonprofit operates several sanctuaries for conservation-senstitive species, including india's elephants, bears, and wild cats, and also operates rescue centers for sloth bears, Indian elephants and leopards. Wildlife SOS has received considerable praise for ending much of the tourist-catered "dancing bear" performances on the streets of India and has increased its involvement rescuing elephants from similar exploitative activities. In 2013, Schaul served as the Principal Investigator on a grant awarded to Wildlife SOS by San Diego Zoo Global, with intentions of monitoring sloth bears implicated in human-bear conflict in rural areas. As recipients of such funding, the organization adopted conservation research as part of its mission, in addition to conservation education and the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in need.

Among his nonprofit services, Schaul served as a member of the board of directors of Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Zambia's ecotourism outfitter Zikomo Safaris. In 2017, he joined Tanzania's Viber Safaris as its Corporate Director of Conservation and Science and Responsible Partnerships. Schaul continues to consult the nonprofit organization Western Wildlife Outreach, which aims to promote "an accurate understanding of large carnivore heritage through education and community outreach in Washington and Idaho."

Schaul has reviewed several popular books on wildlife and companion animals, including his back-cover review of Mieshelle Nagelschneider's The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want (Random House Publishing Group, 2013).

Schaul's contributions to National Geographic Voices have been cited and cross-referenced in popular online science publications, including Scientific American and numerous academic texts, as well as popular science books. Below are select publications referencing his Nat Geo Voices contr-butions, including books, notable white papers, and peer-review journal articles:

Citations in Books:
Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation
Publisher: New World Library (2013)
Author: Marc Bekoff, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder and co-founder, with Jane Goodall, of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

The Animal Game Searching for Wildness at the American Zoo
Publisher: Harvard University Press (2016)
Author: Daniel E. Bender, PhD (Professor of History and the Canada Research Chair in Cultural History and Analysis, University of Toronto)

Zooland: The Institution of Captivity
Publisher: Stanford University Press (2012)
Author: Irus Braverman, SJD (Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo)

Zoo Animal Welfare
Publisher: Springer Science & Media (2013)
Author: Terry Maple, PhD (Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology and Zoo Director Emeritus, Zoo Atlanta and Palm Beach Zoo)
Author: Bonnie Perdue, PhD (Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Agnes Scott College)

Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall
Publisher: National Geographic Books (2015)
Author: Anita Silvey (National Geographic)
Forward: Jane Goodall, Ph.D. DBE

The Ethics of Captivity
Oxford University Press (2014)
Editor: Lori Gruen, PhD (William Griffin Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Science in Society, Wesleyan University)

Citations in White Papers
Arks of Hope Ambassadors for Animals: The Pivotal Position of Zoos and Aquariums and Next Steps in Ensuring the Welfare of Animals in Human Care. (American Humane, 2016)
Giant Injustice: The Illegality of Elephants in Captivity (Animal Legal Defense Fund, 2016)

Citations in Journal Articles
Wild Animals and Justice: The Case of the Dead Elephant in the Room (2016)
Helen Kopniona, PhD
Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 19:3,219235

Untangling Introduced and Invasive Animals (2017)
Crystal Fortwangler, PhD
Environment and Society doi.org/10.3167/ares.2013.040104

Elevating the priority of zoo animal welfare: the chief executive as an agent of reform (2014)
Terry Maple, PhD
Zoo Biology doi:10.1002/zoo.21117

Links
Websites: www.jordanschaul.com (main site), Bicoastal Reputation Management (digital branding site), Animal Trainer Dude (domestic/exotic animal training site) Facebook
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Email: jordan@jordanschaul.com

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