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March 23, 2009

Rock Iguana Research and Conservation

2009_group Shedd has been active in Rock Iguana conservation, studying several Rock Iguana populations in the Bahamas since 1994. Volunteers have been helping researchers through Shedd's annual Iguana Research Expedition for the past 13 years.

Through its partnership with Wilderness Classroom, students, teachers, parents and friends will be able to learn right along with researchers and volunteers via blogs, photos, videos, and more. This unique opportunity will allow you to share the experience with us from your own home or classroom.

Check back here for regular updates from the trip leaders:

Dr. Chuck Knapp is the Director of Conservation and Research at Shedd Aquarium, and the trip’s scientific lead. He conducted his doctorate research on the Andros Iguana in order to help initiate a science-based management program for the species.

Sandra Buckner is a past president of the Bahamas National Trust, the non-governmental organization in the Bahamas mandated with managing the entire national park system of the country. She is considered a leading authority on Bahamian reptiles.

Dr. Trevor Zachariah is part of the Zoo and Aquatic Animal Residency Program through Shedd Aquarium, Brookfield Zoo, and Lincoln Park Zoo. By analyzing blood samples, Dr. Zachariah will focus on hormonal and biochemical characteristics of these endangered iguanas.

Dave Freeman is the Executive Director of the Wilderness Classroom Organization. Dave will lend his distance learning expertise by regularly posting blogs, photos and videos.

Nicole Pierson is Research Programs Manager at Shedd Aquarium. Nicole will act as a research assistant and trip co-leader.

Posted by Jay Geneske, web editor
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