Sinlan Poo (Sheila), Ph.D. 

Research Scientist

Department of Conservation and Research

Memphis Zoo, United States

Adjunct Faculty 

Department of Biological Sciences

Arkansas State University, United States

Research Associate

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, Thailand

蒲歆嵐 博士

孟菲斯動物園  保育研究所  研究員

阿肯薩州立大學  生物系  兼任教授

email: sheilapoo@gmail.com

Dr. Sinlan Poo (Ph. D., National University of Singapore; B.A. Boston University summa cum laude with distinction) is a Research Scientist at the Memphis Zoo with an Adjunct position at Arkansas State University. Originally from Taiwan, she is a behavioral ecologist who is broadly interested in parental care, reproductive ecology, and phenotypic plasticity. Her research is primarily focused on amphibians, but she has worked on a wide range of research and conservation projects targeting small mammals, carnivores, invertebrates, and rare plants across several countries (the US, Ecuador, Panama, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Taiwan).


Dr. Poo's research at the Memphis Zoo is focused on increasing the impact of live collections at zoos and the capacity zoos have to contribute to in situ conservation of endangered species. These include: (1) comparative fitness and ecologically adaptive behavior in captive-bred versus natural-bred individuals, (2) reintroduction of endangered amphibians and reptiles, (3) effectiveness of assisted reproductive technology in amphibians, and (4) conservation of genetic and biodiversity through amphibian sperm cryopreservation. 

Currently, Dr. Poo is co-organizing a workshop on "Linking and Leveraging Biological Collections: Zoos and Natural History Museums," and is co-leading the Global Women in Herpetology Project

Curriculum Vitae



National University of Singapore
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 2010-2014

Boston University
B.A., Biology with Specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology, 2003-2007

Summa cum laude, with distinction. Phi Betta Kappa, early initiation. ​

Professional Certificate & Additional Training

Smithsonian-Masion School of Conservation
Professional Certificate, Conservation Practice Program, 2011-2014

Univeristy of Bordeaux, The Cluster of Excellence 
Summer course, Ecology and Society: Biodiversity and Global Change, 2015

Professional Positions

Research Scientist

Conservation and Reseach Department, Memphis Zoo, USA, 2019-Present

Adjunct Research Faculty

Arkansas State University, 2019-Present

Reseach Associate

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, THAILAND, 2015 - Present

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Conservation and Reseach Department, Memphis Zoo, USA, 2016 - 2019


National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE & SRI LANKA, 2016

Residence Guest Research Instrutor

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, THAILAND, 2011 - 2014

Teaching Fellow

National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE, 2010 - 2015

Field Biologist
Santa Ana Watershed Association

Riverside Biological Monitoring Program, California, 2008-2009

Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aide
California Department of Fish and Game, California, 2007-2008

Committee Memberships

Advisory Committee

Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), 2021 - Present

Research Committee 

Species 360, 2021 - Present

S:cientific Committee 

Society for Conservation Biology, Asian Chapter, 2015-2016

Research Funding, Scholarship, and Awards

Conservation Action Network Grant

Memphis Zoo, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

Biological Collections Workshop Grant

iDigBio, 2020

Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group

Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 2017

Student Scholarship

University of Bordeaux, The Cluster of Excellence, 2015


Travel Award

National University of Singapore, 2014


Extended Graduate Research Scholarship

National University of Singapore, 2014


Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)
National University of Singapore, 2010-2014


Senior Book Award in Biology
Boston University, 2007

Phi Betta Kappa (Early Induction)
Boston Univeristy, Epsilon of Masettchusetts, 2006
Funded Research Opportunities Grant
Boston University, 2007

National Science Foundation, Research Experince for Undergraduates (NSF-REU)

Boston University, 2006


Ester Chandler Scholarship
Boston University College of Arts and Sciences, 2004-2007