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


Dr. Sinlan Poo (Ph. D., National University of Singapore; B.A. Boston University summa cum laude) 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). Currently, her 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. 

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-Present

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

Research Experiences

Research Committee 

Species 360, 2021-Present

Research Scientist

Conservation and Reseach Department, Memphis Zoo, 2019-Present

Adjunct Research Faculty

Arkansas State University, 2019-Present

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Conservation and Reseach Department, Memphis Zoo, 2016-2019

Reseach Associate

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, 2015-Present


Graduate Research in Behavioral Ecology 
National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE, 2010-2014


Independent Work for Distinction
Boston University Biology Department, Embryo Behavior Lab, Prof. Karen Warkentin, 2006-2007


Undergraduate Research Assistant (volunteer)
Boston University Biology Department, Embryo Behavior Lab, Prof. Karen Warkentin, 2005-2007

Boston University Biology Department, Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Lab, Prof. Adrien Finzi, 2005-2007

Research Internship
Academia Sinica Institute of Zoology, Marine Virology Lab, Prof. Ya-Li Hsu, TAIWAN, 2004

Research Assistant; Experimenter (volunteer)
Boston University Psychology Department, Psycholinguistics Lab, Prof. Catherine Harris, 2003-2004

Work Experiences


National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE & SRI LANKA, 2016

Teaching Assistant

National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE, 2010 - 2015

Residence Research Instrutor

Sakaerat Environmental Research Station, THAILAND, 2011 - 2014

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

Undergrad Research Intern (NSF-REU)
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, PANAMA, 2006

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant 
Boston University, Biology Department, 2004

Grants, Scholarships, 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

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