Dr. Janine Brown conducts research to better understand the reproductive biology of endangered species.She joined the National Zoological Park (NZP) in 1991 and now is Head of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).
She also is in charge of the zoo’s Elephant Reproduction Program. She is devoted to increasing knowledge that will lead to better management and conservation of endangered species. Research efforts are connected to the scientific disciplines of behavior, reproductive endocrinology and stress management.Specific research areas include studying reproductive and behavioral relationships in felids (e.g., cheetah and clouded leopard among others) and rhinoceroses (e.g., African white, African black and Indian one-horned). She is also a world authority on elephant reproductive biology.