There is new and enhanced SCTI website at !

Please visit that site to get the latest information about our software tools for species conservation.

Meet the SCTI team  


Robert C. Lacy is a Senior Conservation Scientist for the Chicago Zoological Society, and he is on the faculty of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at University of Chicago. He has served as Chair of the IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (2003-2011). He was trained in evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics (PhD, Cornell University), and he has published papers in evolutionary theory, genetics, population ecology, taxonomy, behavior, physiology, conservation, and wildlife management. He is a recipent of the George B Rabb Award for Conservation Innovation from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the Ulysses S Seal Award for Innovation in Conservation from the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group. Click here for a list of Bob's publications.


Bob serves on the SCTI management team.


Jonathan D. Ballou is a Scientist Emeritus of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the National Zoo. His research has focused on the genetic and demographic problems confronted by small populations, especially of threatened and endangered species. He is a recognized leader in developing the theoretical basis for managing small populations to maximize genetic diversity. He developed population management tools (software and applied theory) that are widely and internationally used by wildlife and zoo managers. Jon co-authored the first university textbook on Conservation Genetics (with colleagues Frankham and Briscoe from Sydney) and a Primer of Conservation Genetics. Jon received his bachelor's degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Virginia, his masters in statistics at George Washington University, and his Ph.D. in Population Genetics from the University of Maryland. He is a recipient of the Zoological Society of London’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Zoo Community, the Devra Kleiman Scientific Advancement Award given by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Ulysses S Seal Award for Innovation in Conservation from the IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group.


Jon serves on the SCTI management team.


Onnie Byers is Chair of the IUCN SSC’s Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG, formerly CBSG), overseeing its headquarters staff and 10 regional resource centers and over 300 members. Onnie earned her Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from the University of Minnesota and completed a post doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in Washington D.C. Onnie joined the IUCN SSC’s Conservation Breeding Specialist Group in 1991 as a Program Officer and was promoted to the position of Executive Director in 2005, and appointed Chair in 2011. In addition to leading the organization, Onnie shares with CPSG’s Program Officers responsibility for design and facilitation of a wide range of Species Conservation Planning and other CPSG workshops. Onnie is dedicated to the transfer of these tools and processes to conservationists around the world. Onnie was integral in the establishment of the Amphibian Ark and continues to serve on its executive committee. She also serves on the SSC Steering Committee, the Species360 Board of Trustees, the Conservation and Sustainability Committee of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Board of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL).


Onnie serves on the SCTI management team.



Taylor Callicrate is Conservation Scientist and Programmer for SCTI ... more info coming soon ...



Sara Sullivan is Coordinator of Training for SCTI ... more info coming soon ...