Jennifer Germano

Blogger Profile: Jennifer Germano

Jennifer Germano, Ph.D., joined San Diego Zoo Global in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow at its Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Las Vegas, researching the effects of habitat qualities on reintroductions of desert tortoises. Dr. Germano is a herpetologist and conservation biologist with an interest in translocations/reintroductions, captive breeding technologies, and how these tools can be used to help conserve threatened amphibians and reptiles. She has worked with herpetofauna throughout the world, including North America, Central America, the West Indies, Australia, and New Zealand. Jen developed noninvasive techniques for identifying sex and monitoring reproductive hormones in amphibians, as well as researching assisted reproductive technologies to help breed endangered amphibians in captivity so that they can be returned to the wild. She earned her bachelor's from Miami University in Ohio and both her master's and doctorate in zoology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Desert Tortoise Translocation video
With a Little Help from Our Friends

With a Little Help from Our Friends

A couple of months ago I was beginning to wonder how I was ever going to get it all done and if we’d have anywhere to put our tortoises in the spring.   read more

Tortoises and Their Amazing Feats

Tortoises and Their Amazing Feats

After years of searching for silent frogs the size of an Oreo cookie in a dark forest at night, finding a tortoise the size of a dinner plate in a wide-open desert should be a piece of cake, right?   read more