Curator of Research, Memphis Zoo
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Arkansas State University
My research can be divided into three main areas of focus. The first is basic science and involves using model species to examine the morphology, physiology, and behavior of captive individuals compared to their wild counterparts through both ex situ and in situ studies. The second is applied conservation and includes managing captive-breeding programs that focus on reintroduction of threatened and endangered species and working with other conservation organizations. The third is increasing the impact of zoos as conservation-driven organizations, through collaborations with universities and other research institutions. In particular, I am one of the co-organizers of the Zoo–Museum Initiative (ZooMu), which works to bridge the gap between live collections at zoos and preserved collections at natural history museums, so that these biological collections can be more accessible and useful to the broader scientific community.