In discovering colorful corals and powerful sharks at Shedd, you’re connected to their wild counterparts—and the conservation research of Shedd scientists. Scientists from Shedd’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research conduct research to better understand wild animals and their habitats, helping us work with partners to build management strategies to protect them.
Reduce Plastic Pollution
While performing beach cleanups and reducing our own plastic footprint, we encourage others to reduce dependency on single-use plastics, suggest alternative solutions and champion policies to reduce plastic at the source.
Sustain Global Fisheries and Inform Consumer Choice
We are addressing the challenges of declining fisheries by working with partners to advance sustainable fisheries through science, and promote informed management through policy and engagement.
Revitalize Natural Habitats Altered by Human Impacts
We are investigating the consequences of human activities such as man-made barriers to fish migrations, invasive species, and tourist-related wildlife feeding, while creating solutions that blunt their impacts.
Understand and Restrain Invasive Species
We embrace the challenges of mitigating threats by invasive species and engage the public to join us through citizen science and stewardship opportunities that restore habitat and hone best practices.
Address Animal Responses to Climate Change
We are enhancing our understanding of the likely responses of animals to climate change to adjust management programs when appropriate, while also creating and testing innovative, new mitigation strategies.
Connect People to Nature
We provide opportunities for people to get their feet wet and hands dirty in a variety of long- and short-term citizen science opportunities like monitoring fish migrations, restoring local habitats, to tagging sharks.
Shedd’s scientists work in Chicago and around the world, building our understanding about species and ecosystems in need of protection.
Shedd’s commitment to conservation and research has spurred the publication of dozens of studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals.