Preserving our planet’s biodiversity is guided by knowledge of facts gained from scientific inquiry. Whether managing a forest ecosystem, restoring a disturbed habitat, or increasing the number of individuals of an endangered species, all actions are the result of dedicated people with exceptional skills who are devoting their lives to the endeavor. Without talented people there is no conservation. Here are the scientists who make up the Memphis Zoo’s Conservation and Research Team.
Beth Roberts is a Research Scientist in the Research and Conservation Department at the Memphis Zoo and specializes in reproductive endocrinology, gamete biology, and cryobiology research. She manages the ongoing giant panda, African elephant, and snow leopard reproductive hormone monitoring at the zoo, investigates pregnancy-specific hormone markers in carnivores, and is characterizing seasonal changes in Eastern indigo snake reproductive endocrinology. In addition to endocrinology, she interested in reptile conservation and is working on sperm collection, characterization, and long-term sperm storage techniques for Louisiana pine snakes.