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Curriculum Vitae: Debra L. Forthman

Education
  • 1984 University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in Learning Psychology (minors:physiological/developmental)
  • 1978 University of California, Los Angeles, M.A. in Learning Psychology
  • 1976 University of California, Riverside, B.A. in Comparative Psychology (summa cum laude)

Professional Experience (1998-2008)
  • 10/2004-Present Senior Fellow, Center for Conservation and Behavior, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 7/2004-Present Certified Applied Behavioral Consultant and President, Animal Behavior Consulting Services, Inc.
  • 7/2003-6/2004 Certified Applied Behavioral Consultant, Companion Animal Problem Solvers, Inc.
  • 1997-2001 Director of Field Conservation, Conservation ARC, Zoo Atlanta

Honors and Awards
  • Big Sister of the Year for Douglas County, 1996
  • Big Sister of the Year for West Georgia, 1991
  • American Association of University Women Award, 1981: declined
  • Fulbright-Hays Predoctoral Fellowship, 1981
  • Regent's Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
  • Outstanding Woman in College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of California, Riverside, 1976
  • Regent's Scholarship, State of New York, 1972: declined
  • National Merit Letter of Commendation, 1972

Professional Memberships
  • Animal Behavior Society (Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist; Chair, Animal Care Committee, 1996-2000; Film Committee, 1986-1989; Professional Certification Board, 1993-1996)
  • Member, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group
  • Professional Fellow, American Zoo and Aquarium Association (through 2002)
  • Associate Member, American Zoo and Aquarium Association
  • Member, American Society of Primatologists
  • Member, International Primatological Society
  • Elected Member, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Invited Member, International Academy of Animal Welfare Sciences

Research Support
    Philadelphia Zoo's "One with Nature"; Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation; African Wildlife Foundation; Humane Society of the United States research grant; Cheetah SSP Fund grant; Foundation for Wildlife Conservation grant; NSF REU (Co-P.I.); African Ele-Fund; National Geographic Society; Friends of Zoo Atlanta Conservation committee grant; U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement #12-16-74-OO82; Institute of Museum Services Conservation Project; National Museum Act Postdoctoral Training Grant; Fulbright-Hays Predoctoral Fellowship; UCLA Research and Travel Grant; UCLA Patent Fund Grant; Sigma Xi Award; Hortense Fishbaugh Memorial Scholarship

Services
  • Scientific Advisor/Working Group Member,Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being (2003-2006)
  • Editor,African Primates: The Newsletter of the Africa section of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (through 2001)
  • Ethics Editor, Animal Behaviour (through 2001)
  • Chair, AZA East Africa Conservation Action Partnership (through 2001)
  • Behavior and Husbandry Advisor, AZA Giant Panda Species Survival Plan (SSP; through 2001)
  • Member, Field Conservation Advisory Group (through 6/2002)
  • Member, AZA Behavior and Husbandry Advisory Group (BHAG; through 2001)
  • Member, Sub-committee co-chair, AZA Animal Welfare Committee (through 2001)
  • Reviewer: Animal Behaviour; Zoo Biology; Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine; Journal of Wildlife Management; Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science; Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society; Wildlife Society Bulletin; National Science Foundation reviewer: Directorate for Biological, Behavioral, and Social Sciences; Institute of Museum Services Conservation Project grants; Nixon Griffis Fund for Zoological Research; Lincoln Park Zoo's Scott Neotropic Fund
  • Invited Panelist, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta mini-conference, October 1992 Invited Speaker, Georgia Institute of Technology FutureScape program, 1992
  • Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta
  • Judge, California State Science Fair

Professional Consulting
  • Expert consultant for the defense. State v. Candice Cameron & Kevin Sanders: criminal animal cruelty charges in dog attack. Case settled without trial. Atlanta, GA. September, 2006.

Publications (1998-2008)
Referred Publications
  • Langman, V.A., Rowe, M., Forthman, D., Langman, N., Black, J., Walker, T. (2003) Quantifying shade using a standard environment. Zoo Biology 22:253-260.
  • Snyder, R.J., Zhang, A.J., Zhang, Z.H., Li, G.H., Tian, Y.Z., Huang, X.M., Luo, L., Bloomsmith, M.A., Forthman, D.L., Maple, T.L. (2003) Behavioral and developmental consequences of early rearing experience for captive giant pandas. Journal of Comparative Psychology 117: 235-245.
  • Swaisgood, D.R., S. Ellis, D.L. Forthman and D.J. Shepherdson. (2003) Commentary: Improving well-being for captive giant pandas: Theoretical and practical issues. Zoo biology 22 :347-354.
  • Burks, K.D., Bloomsmith, M.A., Forthman, D.L., Maple, T.L. (2001) Managing the socialization of an adult male gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) with a history of social deprivation. Zoo Biology20: 347-358.
  • Stoinski, T.S., Allen, M.T., Bloomsmith, M.A., Forthman, D.L., Maple, T.L. (2000) Educating zoo visitors about complex environmental issues: Should we do it and how? Curator 45(2):129-143.
  • Chang, T.R., Forthman, D.L., Maple, T.L. (1999) Comparison of confined Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) behavior in traditional and "ecologically representative" exhibits. Zoo Biology 18: 163-176.

Books
  • Forthman, D.L., Kane, L.F., Hancocks, D., Waldau, P.F., Eds. 2008. AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.

Book Chapters
  • Kane, L.F., Forthman, D.L., Hancocks, D. (2nd edition, In press, 2008). Optimal conditions for elephants in captivity. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Kane, L.F., Forthman, D.L., Hancocks, D., (Eds). (2nd edition, In press, 2008). Best practices by the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Hancocks, D., Kinzley, C., Kane, L.F., Laule, G., Whittaker, M., Leach, E., Schanberger, A, Forthman, D.L. (In press, 2008). Part 2. Environmental best practices. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Kane, L.F., Hancocks, D., Laule, G., Leach, E., Forthman, D.L. (In press, 2008). Part 3. Enrichment best practices. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy
  • Kane, L.F., Kinzley. C., Forthman, D.L., Laule, G. (In press, 2008). Part 4. Occupational best practices. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Kane, L.F., Forthman, D.L., Kinzley, C., Laule, G., Whittaker, M., Leach, E., Schanberger, A. (In press, 2008). Part 5. Social best practices. In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Kane, L.F., Forthman, D.L., Leach, E. (In press, 2008). Part 6. Nutrition and water best practices. . In D.L. Forthman, L.F. Kane, D. Hancocks, P.F. Waldau (Eds.),AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM: THE SCIENCE AND WELL BEING OF ELEPHANTS IN CAPTIVITY.North Grafton, MA: Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Animals and Public Policy.
  • Forthman, D.L., Strum, S.C., Muchemi, G.M. (2005) Applied conditioned taste aversion and the management and conservation of crop-raiding primates. In J. D. Paterson, J. Wallis (Eds.), COMMENSALISM AND CONFLICT: THE HUMAN-PRIMATE INTERFACE. TOPICS IN PRIMATOLOGY, Vol. 4. J. Wallis (Ed.). Norman, Oklahoma: American Society of Primatologists, pp. 420-443.
  • Snyder, R.J., Lawson, D.P., Zhang, A.J, Zhang, Z.H., Luo, L., Zhong, W., Huang, X.M., Czekala, N., Forthman, D.L., Bloomsmith, M.A., and Maple, T.L. ( 2005) Reproduction in giant pandas: hormones and behavior. In D.G. Lindburg, K. Baronga (Eds.), BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF THE GIANT PANDA. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, pp.
  • Forthman, D.L. (1998) Toward optimal care for confined ungulates. In D. Shepherdson, J. Mellen, M. Hutchins, (Eds.), SECOND NATURE: ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR CAPTIVE ANIMALS. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp 236-261.
  • Seidensticker, J., Forthman, D.L. (1998) Evolution, ecology and enrichment: Basic considerations for wild animals in zoos. In D. Shepherdson, J. Mellen, M. Hutchins, (Eds.), SECOND NATURE: ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR CAPTIVE ANIMALS. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, pp. 15-29.

Non-refereed Articles, Proceedings, Abstracts
  • Kane, L., Forthman, D.L., Hancocks, D. (2005) The case for optimal care and well-being of captive elephants. White paper of the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-Being.
  • Kane, L., Forthman, D., Hancocks, D., Eds. (2005) Best practices for captive elephant well-being. Contributors: Garrison, J., Kinzley, C., Laule, G., Leach, E., Maloney, D., Maloney, L., Schanberger, A., Whittacker, M., Williamson, J., Wright, K., Wyler, G., Zawistowski, S. White paper of the Coalition for Captive Elephant Well-being.
  • Langman, V.A., Rowe, M., Forthman, D., Langman, N., Black, J., Walker, T. (2002) Thermal windows in African elephants. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ELEPHANT MANAGERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE. 21: 112 (Abstract).
  • Forthman, D.L. (2001) Experimental application of conditioned taste aversion (CTA) to large carnivores . Cat News 34: 33-37. Stoinski, T., Joscelyn, T., Forthman, D. (2001) Post-conflict behavior in captive drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus) and mona monkeys (Cercopithecus mona). American Journal of Primatology 54 : 81 (Abstract).
  • Forthman, D.L. (2000) Experimental application of conditioned taste aversion (CTA) to large carnivores. Carnivore Damage Prevention News 2:2-4. Stoinski, T.S., Forthman, D.L., Maple, T.L. (2000) Reconciliation before and after the introduction of a new group member in drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus): Evidence for social partners as valuable resources? American Journal of Primatology 51, Suppl. 1:93-94 (Abstract).
  • Forthman, D.L. (1999) Conservation initiatives in East Africa: Two examples of AZA involvement. AMERICAN ZOO AND AQUARIUM ASSOCIATION (AZA) ANNUAL PROCEEDINGS. Silver Spring, MD: AZA.
  • Forthman, D.L., Burks, K.D., Maple, T.L. (1998) Letter to the Editor: African great ape ecotourism considered. African Primates Newsletter 2(2): 52-54.
  • Chang, T.R., Bloomsmith, M.A., Forthman, D.L., Kneidinger, L., Feldman, J.M., and Maple, T.L. (1998) Development and scientific evaluation of a behavioral husbandry program at Zoo Atlanta. In V.J. Hare and K.E. Worley (eds.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT. San Diego, CA: The Shape of Enrichment, Inc., pp. 248-250.

Popular Publications
  • Forthman, Debra L. "Ode to Estrogen." (2006) In West Georgia Ladies Magazine, p. 23.
  • Forthman, Debra L. "In the Home of the Mountain Kings." (2004) In O, GEORGIA! Vol. 6. Roswell, GA. The O, Georgia! Writers Foundation, pp. 349-359.

Writing Contests
  • "Snowball in Hell." Finalist, Short Story Award for New Writers. Glimmer Train. September, 2005.

Popular Editing
  • Editing for "Flying Pen Press," Denver, CO. 2007.
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Presentations
  • Forthman, D.L., Hendy, H.M. Correlates of Severity of Aggression in Dogs. Paper presented at the 9th annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Forum of Applied Animal Behavior, Phoenix, AZ, March 2005.
  • Langman, V. A., Rowe, M., Forthman, D., Langman, N., Black, J., Walker, T. Thermal Windows in African Elephants. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AZA, St. Louis, MO, September 2001.
  • Bashaw, M.J., Forthman, D.L. Learning theory and current techniques of non-lethal predator control. Paper presented at the Carnivore 2000 conference, Denver, CO, November 2000.
  • Snyder, R.J., Bloomsmith, M.A., Forthman, D.L., Czekala, N., Maple, T.L. Behavioral and hormonal consequences of transporting giant pandas from China to the United States. Paper presented at the Panda 2000 International conference, San Diego, CA, October 2000.
  • Forthman, D.L., Stoinski, T.S., Chang, T.R., Elder, S.D. Maternal behavior in captive drills. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the
  • Animal Behavior Society, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, August 2000.
  • Snyder, R.J., Forthman, D.L., Bloomsmith, M.A., A. Zhang, Maple, T.L.. Giant panda mother-cub social play: Implications for sociosexual ontogeny. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Animal Behavior Society, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, August 2000.
  • Lukas, K., Forthman, D., Bloomsmith, M., Marr, M.J., Blanchard-Fields, F., Maple, T. An inter-institutional study of individual and nutritional factors associated with regurgitation and reingestion in captive gorillas. Paper presented at "The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century" conference, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, IL, May 2000.

Invited Lectures/Courses
  • Invited Speaker, "Zoo Atlanta's Field Conservation Programs": Biology Club, State University of West Georgia, November, 2000.
  • Instructor, Georgia Tech/Zoo Atlanta Field Course in Comparative Psychology, Kenya and South Africa, July, 1998/1999/2000.

Student Supervision
  • Doctoral Committee Member: K.D. Burks, T.R. Chang, R. Hodgden, K.E. Lukas, J.J. Ogden, M.E. Reinertsen, R.J. Snyder, T.S. Stoinski, School of Psychology; U.A. Levi, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1990-2001.
  • Master's Thesis Committee Member: K.D. Burks, T.R. Chang, C. Hyatt, L.S. Kipp, K.E. Lukas, J.J. Ogden, L.A. Perkins, R.J. Snyder, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1989-2001.
  • Master's Thesis Advisor: T.C. Pappas, Department of Biology, California State University, Long Beach, California, 1986.