Larisa Gokool

Blogger Profile: Larisa Gokool

Larisa Gokool has been the lab coordinator and pathology technician for San Diego Zoo Global’s Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) since applying on a whim in 2010. Her main duties consist of performing necropsies (animal autopsy) to aid the Zoo’s pathologist in determining the cause of illness and death of the tortoises living at the Center, managing the frozen biological samples collection, and running on-site safety meetings. She periodically travels to the Wildlife Disease Labs at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research to assist in performing molecular diagnostics on samples collected during necropsy. Larisa never dreamed she would one day live in the desert but is very proud to have made the move from the East Coast to contribute to the recovery of a threatened species.
New Lab Coordinator for Tortoises

New Lab Coordinator for Tortoises

Although I am far from home in a region of the country that is completely new to me, I am glad to have made this journey, because I am now part of the important task of helping to save a threatened species.   read more