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Alexander Travis

Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology
Research Areas: Reproduction; contraception; stem cell-based approaches to preserve genetic diversity; landscape-scale approaches to conservation; links between poverty, food insecurity and conservation.

Work in my lab includes three very different approaches to wildlife conservation. First, our studies using cell/molecular biology focus on sperm as they mature functionally inthe female reproductive tract and fertilize an egg. Applications include the developmentof new technologies of assisted reproduction as well as new male contraceptives in bothhumans and non-human animals.

Second, we are interested in developing new technologies of assisted reproduction topreserve the genetic diversity of endangered species. This work focuses primarily onthe techniques of spermatogonial stem cell transplantation and testis xenografting, whichare applicable to many species. We are also developing new approaches to in vitrofertilization in canids. Although we work with the reproduction of many species, wehave special interest in carnivores, particularly felids, canids, and mustelids (cats, dogs, and weasels).

Third, we are interested in ecosystem-scale interventions that conserve wildlife and fighthuman poverty and hunger by promoting sustainable agriculture and natural resourcemanagement. This approach includes features of classical ecology, social sciences, andveterinary medicine. One component of this work that typically involves veterinary students is sustainable, low-impact rural poultry production.

Alexander Travis