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Tara Stoinski, PhD
Director of Primate Research

Tara’s studies on gorilla behavior, particularly research on male social dynamics, have revolutionized the way the Species Survival Plan manages recommendations for male gorillas nationwide. One of Zoo Atlanta’s most prolific scientists, she has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in her field. Tara divides her time between the Zoo and its conservation partner, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, where she serves as the Pat and Forrest McGrath Chair of Research and Conservation. She is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section for Great Apes; chairs the AZA Ape Taxon Advisory Group; and is Vice Chair of the AZA Field Conservation Committee.

Tara has a Bachelor’s degree in History from Tufts University; a Master’s in Biology from Oxford University; and a PhD in Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She serves as an adjunct faculty member of Emory University (Psychology and Environmental Sciences Department) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Psychology Department).