News and Updates

SMSC Alum Ashley Fortner – Adventures in rhino sitting.

Posted: August 30, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Mason News / August 25, 2016 / by Damian Cristodero

Who would have thought a rhinoceros can be so much like a horse?

Both eat hay and grains. Before evolution gave them hooves, horses—like rhinos—had three toes. Both vocalize with huffs and snorts.

For Ashley Fortner, that was a perfect match. The George Mason University senior, who grew up in Virginia Beach tending to her family’s three horses, worked a summer internship, helping oversee 40 rhinoceros at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, Fla.

The difference, Fortner said, is that when …

SMSC Alum Deanna Moore Finds Rich Experience at SMSC

Posted: March 4, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Deanna Moore is an SMSC alum featured in an article on Mason’s New Century College website.

Click here for the story.


SMSC Becomes an AZA Learning Partner

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: October 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is excited to announce their new status as a Learning Partner in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program. These certificates are offered in a range of different specialty areas or “concentrations” including Behavioral Husbandry, Education & Interpretation and Management & Operations. Certificate concentrations involve more than 100 hours of training, and are completed by choosing from a range of elective courses of different types, from core in-person courses offered by AZA, to webinars, workshops and courses run by Learning Partners.

SMSC welcomes Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger, our first Visiting Consortium Scholar!

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger from Bridgewater College will be our first Visiting Consortium Scholar in Spring 2016.  Bridgewater College is a member of the SMSC consortium of schools, and has sent 9 students through the SMSC semester program. Robyn will be on campus 1-2 days per week, and will be working with SMSC faculty and staff to identify areas of collaboration between our organizations. 

Dr. Puffenbarger received her B.S. In Biology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Immunology from …

Meet the winners of our spring 2016 ConocoPhillips Water and Biodiversity Stewardship scholarship

Posted: October 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm, Last Updated: February 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Congratulations to our spring 2016 ConocoPhillips Water and Biodiversity Stewardship Scholarship winners; Madeline Evans, Ashley Fortner and Maritza Rivas. Follow along with our students as they blog about their involvement in the undergraduate semester program here at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.