…is a Program Assistant with the Oregon Zoo, coordinating the zoo’s global elephant conservation programs. Sharon has a doctorate in animal welfare and conservation science with research evaluating individual and group responses to physiological, social, and environmental changes in zoo-housed Asian elephants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s in biology with a focus on animal communication. Sharon has more than 15 years collaboration with an international community of researchers, veterinarians, handlers, conservationists, and managers. Through that collaboration, she has learned about the challenges of and efforts toward coexistence along the human-wildlife interface. Sharon loves to travel and also loves being home in Oregon where she is an avid swimmer, skydiver, skier, and nature enthusiast.