Dr. Allison Alberts currently serves San Diego Zoo Global as Chief Conservation and Research Officer. She is responsible for the ongoing conservation science activities at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, including work at the Beckman Center for Conservation Research and at field sites in 35 countries around the world. As a reptile and amphibian specialist, she has participated in conservation programs for endangered iguanas in Costa Rica, Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Fiji, as well as working with Komodo Dragons, sea turtles, desert tortoises, and a variety of native California frogs, lizards, and snakes. Much of her research has focused on the development of innovative techniques for restoring critically endangered species to the wild. Her work has been recognized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of Museums, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She is also co-founder and past co-chair of the IUCN Iguana Specialist Group, and is currently president of the International Iguana Foundation. Allison holds bachelor's and doctorate degrees in biology from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego, respectively, and has completed the Organization for Tropical Studies tropical ecology course at the Universidad de Costa Rica. She is the author of over 80 articles and three books on iguana biology and conservation.