Rebecca completed a PhD on marsupial reproduction at the University of Melbourne that led her to the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in 1997. There, she managed a gamete laboratory and integrated her own area of expertise with other disciplines of science to conserve species and ecosystems.
- Wolong Nature Reserve, managing the Smithsonian’s Giant Panda and Wild China Programmes.
- Established the Neotropical Carnivore Initiative and with colleagues throughout the Americas, started a multidisciplinary program aimed at improving the health, reproduction and conservation of jaguars.
- In April of 2007, Rebecca joined the team at the Taronga as Manager of Research and Conservation:
- Coordinating and facilitating the research of zoo scientists into wildlife ecology, behaviour, reproduction, genetics, nutrition and wildlife health.
- Member board of the Society for Conservation – Oceania Section and sits on the NSW OEH Science Sub-Committee.