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Caitlin Curry

Caitlin is a doctoral candidate studying conservation and population genetics in the Interdisciplinary Program of Genetics. Her research is focused on biodiversity of the African lion over time.

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in psychology, with a concentration in animal behavior and cognitive neuroscience and minor in anthropology, as well as a certified dog trainer through the Animal Behavior College. During undergrad, she was an intern for Dr. Laurie Marker at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and has been working with carnivores ever since.  After graduating from UW, Caitlin was a volunteer researcher for the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research for five years before starting graduate school.

Caitlin is a member of the African Lion Working Group, an affiliate of the Cat Specialist Group and the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN), and an author on the white paper “Genetic Considerations for Translocations Involving Lions“. Her long term goal is to aide in the development of innovative strategies to help with the issues of human-wildlife conflict. She believes that by understanding the characterization of wild populations, appropriate strategies can be developed to allow for the coexistence between humans and wildlife in the natural environment.

Studying Gene Flow In Zambian Lions

In a study recently published in PLoS One, we have found that small numbers of lions in Zambia are moving across landscapes previously thought to be uninhabitable by lions, accounting for sustained high levels of diversity in the population. This […]