Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recs

Hosted by Crowne Plaza Clayton
St. Louis, MO
November 5 - 10, 2018

Population Management II: Data Analysis and Breeding Recommendations teaches the integration of demography, genetics and husbandry to set population goals and make breeding recommendations for zoo and aquarium populations. This course produces competent managers for zoo or aquarium populations.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will better understand:

  • Train participants to be competent population managers who can effectively coordinate zoo and aquarium breeding programs.
  • Produce zoo and aquarium professionals who can analyze studbook data, interpret resulting output, develop realistic population goals, and produce a management plan to achieve the population goals developed. 
 You will meet the objectives listed above through a combination of the following activities in this course: 
  • Integrate attributes of population demography, genetics, and species specific husbandry into a single coherent management plan.
  • Use population management software and available data to conduct analyses that describe a population's past history and project its future course.
  • Set attainable goals for a captive population in relation to target population size, growth rate, generation length, amount of gene diversity retained, etc.
  • Work with others in the course to formulate animal-by-animal recommendations as a critical aspect of management plan development.
  • Understand the role of an AZA program leader and how that program leader works with the Population Management Center or a Small Population Management Group Advisor to manage their animal program.


John Andrews, Population Biologist - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center
Jennifer Mickelberg, Senior Director of Collections & Conservation - Zoo Atlanta
Colleen Lynch, Curator of Birds - Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Andrea Putnam, Ph.D., Population Biologist - San Diego Zoo 
Sara Sullivan, Species Conservation Training Coordinator - Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
Kristine Schad, Director - Lincoln Park Zoo / Population Management Center 
Karen Bauman, Laboratory Manager - Saint Louis Zoo

Is this course right for you?

This course is designed for current and prospective Species Survival Plan® (SSP) coordinators and TAG Leaders that desire to understand the biology and process behind making breeding recommendations. Priority is given to current Program Leaders and AZA members.  International applicants and those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course to azatraining@aza.org


Population Management I or Studbook I. Applicants must submit an institutional letter of support, written by a supervisor or director.  The letter must include: the studbook(s) which the applicant keeps or has applied to keep; an expression of institutional support for keeping the studbook(s) and the date of when Population Management I or Studbook I was completed. International applicants working in an AZA-accredited institution are also welcome to apply. Those not affiliated with an AZA accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis;  please submit a letter describing your intended benefit from taking this course.  

Course Registration & Travel

Travel and Accommodations

Lambert Saint Louis International Airport (STL) is the closest airport.The hotel provides free airport shuttle service and is also accessible via MetroLink.

Course participants stay at Clayton Plaza in St. Louis, Missouri and classes meet on-site. 

Please wait until you are admitted into the course before making your reservations. You will receive an email containing detailed information regarding your accommodations and transportation once you are admitted.

Tuition & Expenses*

Please note, these rates are higher than other course offerings because they include course registration, as well as breakfasts, lunches, break service, and two dinners during the course.  The hotel rate in St. Louis will be $110 plus taxes per room per night, with no surcharge for double occupancy. The overall resulting cost to participants will be similar compared to other less-inclusive courses. 
Scholarship funding is available through a competitive process. AZA scholarship applications are due by mid-July and are awarded by early September.   

Early Bird Rates:
$1000 for AZA Individual Members
$1100 for Non-members
Early Bird Registration Deadline: 12 weeks prior to course start date

Regular Rates:
$1100 for AZA Individual Members
$1200 for Non-members
Final Registration Deadline: 4 weeks prior to course start date

*Prices are subject to change

To register with a credit card
You may now register and pay online with a credit card! Non-members can log in too, after creating a free account. After logging in, choose "Professional Development" from the menu on the left. Next, click on the title of the event for which you would like to register. Finally, choose "Event Registration" from the options at the top and complete the registration process. When registering online, there is no need to submit the registration form. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made. 

To register with a check or purchase order
Download the PMII Course Registration form and return by mail with check or purchase order. Checks sent for course payment will be cashed immediately upon receipt as per standard business practices.  Cashing your check does not indicate that you have been accepted into a course. You will receive an acceptance email or wait list email once acceptance decisions are made.


Questions? For additional details please contact the AZA Professional Development Department 


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