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John Fraser, PhD AIA

President and CEO of NewKnowledge

Dr. Fraser is a conservation psychologist, architect, and educator. He is President and CEO of NewKnowledge, an interdisciplinary social science think tank. His research focuses on how our experience with media and community influences learning, attitudes, and motivations for engagement with solving the problems that face society. He Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal, and a founding editorial board member for Museums & Social Issues.

Dr. Fraser has been actively involved in multiple professional associations, including Visitor Studies Association, Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Society for Conservation Biology, and American Alliance of Museums. He is President of the American Psychological Association’s Division 34, Society for Environment, Population and Conservation Psychology.

Dr. Fraser has a rich publication history, including articles on zoo visitor behavior and perceptions. 

 

Larry Killmar, Ph.D. 

Chief Zoological Officer, Sr. V/P, Animal Science and Conservation and Zoo Director for ZooTampa

 

Dr. Killmar oversees the daily management of nearly 1,300 animals and provides leadership for the Medical and Collection Science and Education Department Staff.  During his career he has had the opportunity to participate in the reintroduction of the Arabian Oryx in Sultanate of Oman and helped to rescue and import eleven African elephants from the Kingdom of Swaziland.

 

Dr. Killmar was elected President of the Florida Association Zoos and Aquariums (FAZA) in 2012, which consists of 21 accredited and certified AZA zoos and aquariums in the State of Florida.  FAZA actively collaborates with the Florida Wild Commission (FWC) on conservation projects and legislative initiatives within the State. The collective AZA accredited Zoos and aquariums in Florida have a total annual economic impact in the state of more than $1 billion.

 

Before joining ZooTampa, Dr. Killmar was Deputy Director of Collections for the Zoological Society of San Diego. Currently he is a member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) of IUCN  and  of the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria and appointed to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Wildlife Management and Conservation Committee and presently chairs this committee. 

 

During his career he has published several articles, last being co-authored article titled “Challenges and successes in the propagation of the Shoebill , Balaeniceps rex”, which was published in the International Zoo Yearbook 48.

Bernard Unti, Ph.D

Senior Policy Advisor and Special Assistant to the President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States

Dr. Unti has represented the HSUS and its affiliates in a broad range of domestic and global campaigns and initiatives.  He is the author of Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States (2004) and other works on animal protection as an historical and contemporary concern.  His interests include the evolution of human attitudes toward animals, the history and sociology of the animal protection movement, the development of petkeeping, animal sheltering, and the kindness-to-animals ethic, the humane education of children, and the place of animal protection within American philanthropy.   Unti received a Ph.D. in U.S. History from American University in 2002.

 

Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, DACVB

Clinical Behaviorist

University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Curtis graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  She worked as a feline-only practitioner in Florida until the summer of 2000 when she began her residency in Veterinary Behavior at the University of Georgia.  Concurrently, she received a Master of Science in Psychology investigating grooming behavior in the domestic cat.  Completing her residency in June 2003, she joined the team at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, heading up the Clinical Behavior Service.  Dr. Curtis, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, does house calls in Florida and South Georgia and teaches 2 behavior courses at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. 

 

Dr. Curtis is a regular contributor to the annual NAVC-VMX conference, the coordinator of a day-long Behavior Symposium there.  Author of a number of articles, including book chapters in Veterinary Clinics of North America, the 7th Edition of Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult and Decoding Your Cat, she is a member of the Editorial Review Board for Today’s Veterinary Practice magazine and the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery and serves on the Advisory Board for BlueCare.  She was also a panel contributor to the 2014 AAFP & ISFM Guidelines for Diagnosing and Solving House Soiling Behavior in Cats.  Dr. Curtis has worked with the Hemingway House cats in Key West – discussing the subject on ABC’s Nightline (July, 2007), and was on the NBC Today show (July, 2008) talking about fears and phobias in dogs.  Dr. Curtis has been recently honored with the 2018 Keuka College Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award.