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Dwight Lawson

Zoo Atlanta, Sr. Vice President of the Collections

Dr. Lawson is the Sr. Vice President of the Collections, Education and Conservation at Zoo Atlanta overseeing the animal and plant collections as well as the zoo’s education, research and conservation programs. Prior to this position, Dr. Lawson was General Curator and then Vice President of Animal Programs & Science. Dr. Lawson is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Georgia State University where he regularly teaches. He also serves as co-chair of The Turtle Survival Alliance, and President of the TSA Foundation. Before joining Zoo Atlanta, Dr. Lawson worked as an Associate Research Scientist for The Wildlife Conservation Society where he directed a community-based wildlife conservation project in southwestern Cameroon, Africa. He has also served as Biological Curator and Live Collections Manager for the herpetological collection at The University of Texas at Arlington Collection of Vertebrates, and an Environmental Scientist for Stone and Webster Environmental Services in Boston.