Wednesday, July 17, 2024












Barbara S. Durrant

Dr. Barbara Durrant received her B.S. in animal science, M.S. in Physiology, and Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since receiving her Ph.D. in 1979, Barbara has worked at the San Diego Zoo and currently serves as the Zoo’s Henshaw Chair and Director of the Reproductive Physiology Division of the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. In addition to her employment at the San Diego Zoo, Barbara has been affiliated with a number of academic and research institutions; including: the biology departments at San Diego State University and Palomar College, and the cell biology department at the Scripps Research Institute. 
In her scientific career, Dr. Durrant has published over 150 scientific papers and has given over 100 presentations to various learned societies including the American Society of Andrology, International Embryo Transfer Society, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Dr. Durrant has written chapters for seven books and has served as a coeditor for a volume on the conservation of endangered species.  In addition to the above, Dr. Durrant has served on the editorial boards of Zoo Biology and the Biology of Reproduction, and she has served as a reviewer for eight scientific journals. 
Dr. Durrant has also been an advocate encouraging young women to enter scientific disciplines. She has participated in Expand Your Horizons workshops for young women in several cities throughout the United States and, as an advocate for women in science, she was invited by National Public Radio to speak on the topic. In addition, she organizes and leads laboratory experiences for the Institute for Conservation Research Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering which is part of the San Diego Science Alliance. Finally, each year Dr. Durrant teaches at the San Diego Zoo’s Intern Quest Program which brings high school students (most of which are young women) to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research for laboratory experiences.
In her spare time, Barbara has devoted time to community service and over the past twenty-five years she has served as a judge and team leader at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, has participated in San Diego’s High School Gifted and Talented Program, and has presented lectures to high school and college students in San Diego as well as serving as a presenter at the Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day at National University.   Among her mentoring activities, Dr. Durrant serves as the supervisor for the Institute for Conservation Research Summer Fellowship Program, and the San Diego Zoo’s clerkship program for students from all of the United States schools of veterinary medicine. 
During her scientific career, Dr. Durrant has served as a grant reviewer for the American Zoo & Aquarium Association-Conservation Endowment grants, the Institute of Museum Services-Conservation Project, National Science Foundation, Nixon-Griffis Fund for Zoological Research, and the Smithsonian Institution. Barbara has also been on the receiving end of grants and, in this regard, she received research grants from 50 organizations totaling approximately three-million dollars. In recognition of her scientific achievements, Barbara has received a number of honors including a Wildlife Heritage Fellowship from the J.M. McDonald Foundation and the YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award. Dr. Durrant also has had the honor of having her biographical statement appearing in Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who in California, American Men and Women of Science, and Who's Who in the West.




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