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Submitted by avnguye on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:01pm

Sustainability of Zoo Populations: Can reproductive technologies support animal management plans? Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine Seminar (FIVM) Series returns April 21 for a talk by Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco

Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco

Over the past 50 years, ex situ conservation programs have been implemented in an effort to mitigate the continued loss of threatened and endangered animals. Long-term population sustainability in zoos requires the maintenance of genetically diverse and demographically stable populations for a defined timeframe. But management of captive wildlife species presents a challenge as various factors, including natural mating strategies and animal temperaments, can influence animal well-being and reproductive success.

On Friday, April 21, Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco will talk about the use of reproductive biotechnologies and alternative strategies to enhance breeding outcomes, improve distribution of genetic material and reduce disease transmission.  

Dr. Mastromonaco has spent more than 20 years researching and applying reproductive technologies in domestic and non-domestic species.  She obtained her PhD in reproductive biotechnology from the University of Guelph where she focused on in vitro embryo production techniques as potential tools for genetic preservation.

In 2007, Dr. Mastromonaco joined the Toronto Zoo as Curator of Reproductive Programs and Research where she is responsible for planning and implementing research projects to investigate fundamental questions on reproductive biology of non-domestic species, as well as integrating results into conservation management programs. She currently maintains adjunct professor positions at University of Guelph, Laurentian University and Trent University as part of her commitment to the training of graduate students in reproductive sciences. 


FIVM Seminar Series Schedule 2016-2018

August 2016 BREAK
September 23, 2016 Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine
October 21, 2016 Clinical and Translational Research
November 18, 2016 Infection Biology
December 2016 BREAK
January 13, 2017 Pain and Animal Welfare
February 17, 2017 Cattle Health
March 17, 2017 Wildlife Health Ecology
April 21, 2017 Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine
May 19, 2017 CANCELED
June 2017 BREAK
July 2017 BREAK
August 2017 BREAK
September 15, 2017 Clinical and Translational Research
October 20, 2017 Infection Biology
November 17, 2017 Pain and Animal Welfare
December 2017 BREAK
January 19, 2018 Cattle Health
February 16, 2018 Veterinary Education Research and Scholarship
March 16, 2018 Wildlife Health Ecology
April 20, 2018 Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine
May 18, 2018 Clinical and Translational Research
June 2018 BREAK
July 2018 BREAK
August 2018 BREAK

Cattle Health

Wildlife Health Ecology

Infection Biology

Pain and Animal Welfare

Clinical and Translational Research

Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine

Veterinary Education