Dr. Richard Reading is the founder and director of Denver Zoo's Department of Conservation Biology, and works on interdisciplinary techniques. His areas of interest include grasslands conservation, endangered species conservation, species reintroductions, values and attitudes toward wildlife and conservation, and improving policy approaches to conservation. Currently Dr. Reading's research focuses on native Mongolian ungulates, specifically Bactrian Camels and Argali Sheep. He is also heavily involved in the conservation of Black-tailed prairie dogs.
Dr. Reading has worked in Mongolia since 1994 on a variety of Earthwatch conservation projects, and will occasionally be present on expeditions teams.