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Brad Zlotnick

Brad began advocacy for what is now ACG before ever touching foot in Costa Rica, meeting Professor Daniel Janzen while helping prepare a fundraiser hosted by Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich’s to showcase Dan's visionary 1986 proposal entitled "Guanacaste National Park: Tropical Ecological and Biocultural Restoration". Then in May 1987  Brad walked the 10km into Santa Rosa National Park from the PanAmerican Highway through thousands of hectares of six-foot kindling-dry jaragua pasture and occasional clearings of "Janzen's” bullhorn ant acacias under a dry season sun.  

Just enrolled at Stanford Medical School, with a Dean’s permission to be a field research assistant, Brad was “put to work” across Dan’s emerging vision. The historic summer saw GNP established, a trail blazed to the Cacao summit, and help guiding the first OTS course to the Islas Murcielagos. Parataxonomists replaced volunteers, and Brad returned to direct a Stanford Overseas Studies program, then made a bicycled health status/access assessment of GNP field stations and employees.

Two decades committed to all things ACG led to joining Dan, Winnie, and Paul Hebert as they introduced DNA barcoding to the Bay Area in 2007. Brad came to the new GDFCF Board to help enlist technological, philanthropic, and community resources on behalf of ACG.  

A Palo Alto native, Brad studied the history of science at Harvard, with his thesis on scientific and institutional themes in ecology. After Stanford Emergency Medicine residency, he earned fellowship training and experience guiding large medical group practice, ED management and quality improvement, professional society leadership, and political advocacy.  

Brad is a full-time emergency physician at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.  An advisor to the International Barcode of Life and the Kyoto Symposium Organization, he collaborates with the San Diego Natural History Museum, Univ of CA at San Diego, local land conservancies, San Diego Zoo Conservation Research Institute, the Consul/Trade Commissioner of Canada, and civic and commerce leaders.