Heather R. Taft, Ph.D. - Conservation Biologist and Writer

I have had a passion for biology since I was a kid backpacking through the Sierras, skiing in Lake Tahoe, and taking regular camping trips to any local campsite with my parents.  I knew I wanted to spend my life helping protect these wonderful species I encountered in wild places.  I received my PhD in Biology from the University of California, Riverside in December of 2012. The focus of my dissertation was on conservation genetics.  Since then I have taught graduate classes in conservation for Project Dragonfly in conjunction with the Brookfield Zoo outside of Chicago, and San Diego Zoo Global.  I am currently the chair person for the Strategic Planning Committee withing the Society for Conservation Biology's Conservation Genetics Working Group.

I have three publications in peer reviewed journals. I have also discovered a passion for writing for the public. I have been published in several locations, including Science, Model Aviation, and on the Cheetah Conservation Fund website.  My current projects have taken me towards science-based books for kids.  I'm currently working on a middle grade children's book, and have plans for more non-fiction books for kids and adults in the future.