Dr. John Hadidian
Dr. John Hadidian attended Boston University for a year before transferring to the University of Arizona in Tucson, with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. There he developed an interest in primatology, which he pursued graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. He began thesis work under Ray Carpenter’s direction in 1971 at Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center’s Field Station in Lawrenceville, and PhD degree in primatology in 1979, and taught briefly at George Washington University. John began a postdoctoral project in 1982 with the University of the District of Columbia on a study of urban raccoon biology and ecology in a multi-agency initiative to respond to rabies irruption, then joined the National Park Service in 1984 serving as the wildlife biologist for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service from 1984 to 1995. In 1995 he accepted a position as the director of the Urban Wildlife Protection Program at The Humane Society of the United States.