Barb serves as the primary keeper of the San Francisco Zoo’s Feline Conservation center; a facility geared towards conservation breeding of the rare and endangered medium and small cats. Included in this work is both formal and informal visitor education, and coordination of all research projects concerning this facility. She is the only animal keeper on the Zoo’s Scientific Review Committee, which reviews all requests for biological samples from the zoo for research or education. She is also a member of the Insitu-Exsitu Committee of the Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
Barb’s field experience includes surveys for threatened, sensitive and endangered native wildlife, habitat use surveys, habitat restoration and protection projects for the U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Department; assisting in the transfer and release of North American captive born black and white ruffed lemurs with Project Betampona/Lemur Release in Madagascar, and the followup tracking and data collection of these animals. She has also led groups of international volunteers with zoo or other wildlife experience on two separate programs in Madagascar in cooperation with Madagascar Fauna Group, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, and Conservation International. In 2002, Barb won an EarthWatch Professional Fellowship to assist in data gathering for a snow leopard monitoring research project in northern Nepal as part of an EarthWatch research team.