Paul J. Boyle, Ph.D.

National Director, American Humane Conservation Program


Dr. Paul Boyle is national director of the American Humane Conservation program. He is an executive scientist with 40 years of knowledge and experience. Dr. Boyle served nine years as senior vice president for Conservation & Education at the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), which manages the accreditation of zoological institutions serving 200 million people annually. He led research seeking ways to apply social science findings to expand the impact of public engagement in conservation, developed policies, and forged partnerships to increase the success of species conservation, and advanced animal care and welfare standards.

Dr. Boyle was a key strategist working internationally with AZA institutions, the European AZA, the Australasian AZA, and the World AZA on conservation, environmental education, policy, and public engagement efforts. He led a nationwide team of conservation and wildlife professionals in creating the scientific framework for the AZA program SAFE – Saving Animals From Extinction.

Most recently, Dr. Boyle served as CEO of BioVisions – Strategy Consulting, which provided strategic planning services to nature-based nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Boyle also served five years as executive director of the New York Aquarium and its Osborn Laboratories, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society.  He founded The Ocean Project and co-founded the World Ocean Network with 2,000 partner organizations in over 100 countries. He continues to serve as chairman of The Ocean Project, which helped influence the United Nations to designate June 8 as World Oceans Day and coordinates World Oceans Day events globally.

Dr. Boyle earned a Bachelor’s in Biology at Northeastern University, a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and a Doctorate in Applied Environmental Sciences from Harvard University. He has also completed the Executive Management Program at the Wharton Business School.