Bryan Endress, Ph.D.
Director of Applied Plant Ecology
Bryan serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Director of Applied Plant Ecology. His research concentrates on keystone species, interactions, and processes for the benefit of not only plants, but also the animals and people that depend on them. Projects link research and application with a focus on solutions.
Through his work, Bryan has participated in conservation and natural resource management programs throughout the world, including western North America (Oregon, California), Latin America (Mexico, Ecuador, Peru), and the Pacific Islands (Palau).
His research generates information and data that can be used to inform on-the-ground conservation, management, and restoration efforts. Additionally, Bryan’s work often involves collaborations with local communities to develop sustainable resource management plans in order to meet the needs of local communities while conserving biodiversity. Throughout his career, Bryan has partnered with a range of communities, organizations, and institutions including universities, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and indigenous and tribal governments and organizations.
Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Luther College, and Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in Botany from Miami University. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.