Oliver Ryder

Oliver Ryder

Director of Genetics at San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research

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Oliver Ryder's Overview

Current
Past
  • Board of Directors member at San Dieguito River Valley Conservanacy
  • Executive Vice-President at American Genetic Asoiciation
  • Executive Vice-President at American Genetic Assiciation
  • Executive Vice-President at American Genetic Association
  • Director of Genetics at Zoological Society of San Diego
  • member at Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG/IUCN)
  • citizen advocate at Neighborhood 8A
Education
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Oliver Ryder's Summary

Conservation biology.
Conservation genetics.
Conservation advocacy.
Conservation education.

Oliver Ryder's Experience

Secretary

American Genetic Association

January 2014Present (9 months)

Secretary 2014-16 and member of Executive Committee and Long Range Planning Committee. Publishers of the Journal of Heredity. This is a volunteer position with a notable scientific organization that publishes the Journal of Heredity. I still have my job with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

member

CBSG

1983Present (31 years)

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

June 1975Present (39 years 4 months)

The Genetics Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation research undertakes a broad spectrum of conservation genetics and genomics research, expands and curates the Frozen Zoo®, and provides data that are crucial for management of endangered species: we currently are working on California condor population genetics (and we identify the sex of all condor chicks), Fiji iguanas, mountain and western gorillas, Stephen's kangaroo rat, and the Pacific pocket mouse, Przewalski's horse, addax, and other antelope species.

Board of Directors member

San Dieguito River Valley Conservanacy

2007March 2012 (5 years)

he San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a non-profit organization
helping to implement the San Dieguito River Park and its Coast-to-Crest trail that stretches 55 miles from Volcan Mountain near Julian to the ocean
between Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Executive Vice-President

American Genetic Asoiciation

January 2003June 2011 (8 years 6 months)

The AGA is the oldest Genetics Professional Society in the United States. Founded by Alexander Graham Bell (who also founded the National Geographic Society), the AGA publishes the Journal of Heredity.

Executive Vice-President

American Genetic Assiciation

20042011 (7 years)

Executive Vice-President

American Genetic Association

January 2003December 2010 (8 years)

The AGA is the oldest genetics professional society in the US. Founded by Alexabder Graham Bell, the AGA publishes the Journal of Heredity.

Director of Genetics

Zoological Society of San Diego

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

19862009 (23 years)

member

Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG/IUCN)

19792009 (30 years)

citizen advocate

Neighborhood 8A

19952008 (13 years)

local habitat conservation advocacy to save San Diego's last undeveloped coastal mesa

Oliver Ryder's Projects

  • San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo®

    • June 1975 to Present
    Team Members: Oliver Ryder

    Establishing and successfully freezing viable cell cultures is a crucial component of San Diego Zoo'a Frozen Zoo® effort. A recent editorial in New Scientist by Henry Nichols describes the importance of this work for ongoing and future conservation efforts.

  • Genome 10K

    Team Members: Oliver Ryder, David Haussler, Stephen J. O'Brien

    co-organizer

  • Genome 10K video

    • July 2014 to Present
    Team Members: Oliver Ryder, David Haussler, Stephen J. O'Brien
  • TEDx De-Extinction video

    • April 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Oliver Ryder

    Genetic rescue and biodiversity banking: Oliver Ryder at TEDxDeExtinction

Oliver Ryder's Skills & Expertise

  1. Grant Writing
  2. Lifesciences
  3. Fundraising
  4. Community Outreach
  5. Public Speaking
  6. Program Development
  7. Environmental Awareness
  8. Leadership Development
  9. Strategic Planning
  10. Teaching
  11. Genetics
  12. Conservation Issues
  13. Genomics
  14. Endangered Species
  15. Sustainability
  16. Ecology
  17. Environmental Policy
  18. Science
  19. Wildlife
  20. Grants
  21. Molecular Biology
  22. Wildlife Conservation
  23. Environmental Education
  24. Wildlife Management
  25. Molecular Cloning
  26. Biology
  27. Scientific Writing
  28. Evolutionary Biology
  29. Population Genetics
  30. Biodiversity
  31. Natural History
  32. Animal Behavior
  33. Environmental Science
  34. Wildlife Biology
  35. DNA extraction
  36. Conservation Biology
  37. Science Communication
  38. Microscopy
  39. PCR
  40. DNA sequencing
  41. Volunteer Management
  42. Zoology
  43. Biochemistry
  44. Data Analysis
  45. Cell Culture

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Oliver Ryder's Publications

  • Induced pluripotent stem cells from highly endangered species

    • Nature Methods
    • September 4, 2011
    Authors: Oliver Ryder, I F Ben-Nun, S C Montague, M L Houck, H T Tran, I Garitaonandia, TR Leonardo,Y-C Wang, S C Charter, J F Loring

    For some highly endangered species there are too few
    reproductively capable animals to maintain adequate genetic
    diversity, and extraordinary measures are necessary to prevent
    extinction. We report generation of induced pluripotent stem
    cells (iPSCs) from two endangered species: a primate, the
    drill, Mandrillus leucophaeus and the nearly extinct northern
    white rhinoceros, Ceratotherium simum cottoni. iPSCs may
    eventually facilitate reintroduction of genetic material into
    breeding populations.

  • Impacts of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution and KPg Extinction on Mammal Diversification.

    • Science (ePub in advance of print)
    • September 22, 2011
    Authors: Oliver Ryder

    A well-resolved phylogeny of eutherian mammals, with molecular timetrees for major diversification events repersents a significant advance in reconciling molecular and paleontological views of mammal evolution.

  • Lonesome No More

    • New Scientist
    • July 24, 2012
    Authors: Oliver Ryder

    Banking viable cell cultures from species threatened with extinction is a crucial component of overall species conservation strategies.

  • Implications of different species concepts for conserving biodiversity

    • Biological Conservation 2012 Sep;153:25–31
    • September 2012
    Authors: Oliver Ryder

    If species are delineated using the diagnostic phylogenetic species concept, genetic rescue of
    small genetically isolated populations may require crosses between species, with consequent legal and regulatory ramifications that could preclude actions to prevent extinction. We conclude that the diagnostic phylogenetic species concept is unsuitable for use in conservation contexts, especially for classifying allopatric populations.
    Minimum harm to fitness is done and maximum potential fitness and evolutionary potential benefits accrue when reproductive isolation (pre- and/or
    post-zygotic) is used as the criterion to define distinct species.

  • Genetic Rescue and Biodiversity Banking

    • TEDx DeExtinction
    • April 8, 2013
    Authors: Oliver Ryder

    This TEDx talk was part of the TEDx/National Geographic DeExtinction symposium held in Washington, DC on MArch 15, 2012. I discuss the role of banking cell cultures through efforts such as San Diego Zoo's Frozen Zoo® in genetic rescue of endangered, doomed, and extinct species.

  • Genome 10K: a proposal to obtain whole-genome sequence for 10,000 vertebrate species.

    • J. Hered 2009 Dec;100(6):659-674.
    • December 1, 2009
    Authors: David Haussler, Stephen J. O'Brien, Oliver Ryder, Genome10K Community of Scientists

    White paper for Genome 10K

Oliver Ryder's Education

Oliver Ryder's Additional Information

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Interests:

conservation genomics habitat restoration San Dieguito River Valley Frozen Zoo

Honors and Awards:

Who's Who in America
Who's Who in the World
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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