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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Sarah M. Bexell

Research Associate Professor
PhD, Georgia State University


  • wildlife conservation
  • conservation education
  • humane education
  • conservation social work
  • conservation psychology


Research Associate Professor Sarah M. Bexell has been engaged in wildlife conservation, conservation education and humane education for many years. At GSSW, she supervises MSW students during summer internships in China.

Currently the director of conservation education at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Bexell has participated in projects related to conservation, animal behavior, and education for 15 years. 

Bexell was instrumental in helping the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and Chengdu Zoo establish their conservation and education departments. She’s held her role as director since 2006. She was an instructor in the Environmental Sciences Department of China's Sichuan University in 2007-08.

Bexell's prior experience includes a number of positions with Zoo Atlanta, including manager of China Conservation Education Programs, field conservation education specialist, founder and coordinator of the Conservation Lecture Series and Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program coordinator.

She has been an invited lecturer at Georgia State University, the University of Georgia's Institute of Ecology and Shorter College. She is the author of many scholarly works including book chapters, journal articles, and presentations at national and international conferences, and she is the recipient of numerous research grants, both here and abroad.

Bexell is a member of the Society for Human Ecology, the Society for Conservation Biology, the International Society for Anthrozoology, the International Zoo Educators Association, the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Turtle Survival Alliance.

See web page and CV.