RSCF Director, Paul Reillo, PhD

Paul R. Reillo, Ph.D., University of Maryland (Zoology). Rare Species Conservatory Foundation founder and president, co-director of the Tropical Conservation Institute, FIU. Field-oriented population biologist, ecological geneticist and environmental engineer. Technical expertise in field ecology, demographic and genetic analysis of small populations and animal husbandry.

Board of Directors

George Amato, PhD

George Amato, Ph.D., Yale University (Biology). RSCF board member. Director, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics. Adjunct associate professor at Columbia and Fordham universities, research associate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of Yale University. Conservation geneticist specializing in non-invasive sampling techniques for endangered species, and monitoring the trade in endangered species products using DNA based forensic science.

Richard Estes, PhD

Richard D. Estes, Ph.D., Cornell University (Vertebrate Zoology). RSCF founding board member. Behavioral zoologist and ecologist. Specialist in field studies of large African mammals. Species Survival Commission Chairman for Antelope Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN); Earthwatch Scientific Advisor; Associate, Harvard Museum of Cultural and Natural History. Author of The Safari Companion; The Behavioral Guide to African Mammals; and co-author of The National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife.

Christopher Langen

Christopher Langen, JD University of Miami (Mechanical Engineer). RSCF board member. Professional attorney, rare pscittacine ecology, breeding and management.

Matt Shirley, Ph.D.


Conservation, ecology and systematics of crocodiles in west and central Africa. This research program is an interdisciplinary effort to examine the ecology and systematics of the 3 crocodile species native to western Africa such that more effective conservation and management programs can be designed for them.

Michelle Miller, DVM


Translocation, Physiological Reasearch and Population Recovery of the Sonoran Pronghorn Antelope, Baha Mexico.

Anna Estes, Ph.D.


Spatial and temporal habitat use of elephants in the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. Using a combination of optical and microwave remote sensing, field-collected vegetation structure data, and data on elephant (Loxondonta africana) movements and habitat use obtained through satellite telemetry.


RSCF Staff 

Lyndon Estes, Ph.D.


Bongo Repatriation Program.

Field research program in the Aberdares, focusing on habitat utilization by wild bongo. This research complements other recovery efforts, both ex situ and in situ, by helping to identify appropriate habitat for sustainable reintroduction, train local guides and researchers, and bolster monitoring and protection of the remaining wild bongo population.

Matt Shirley, PhD

Research Associates 

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