Amphibian Reproductive Physiology

Having an interest in amphibians and conservation, I worked for the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University in conjunction with Memphis Zoo as a Research Assistant. My primary focus was reproductive physiology of salamanders but I also worked with frogs and toads. I examined natural breeding behaviors to develop standardized assisted reproductive protocols. Worked towards discerning species specific differences in receptivity. Utilized ultrasound, hormone therapy, collection of gametes, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and cryopreservation to successfully produce viable offspring of threatened amphibian species.


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