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.
- Curry CJ, White PA, Derr JN. (2019) Genetic Analysis of African Lions in Zambia Support Movement across Anthropogenic and Geological Barriers. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0217179
- Curry, CJ and Derr, JN. (2019) Development of lion miniSTRs for use with modern and historical samples. African Journal of Wildlife Research. Africian J. of Wildlife Research, 49(1)
- Curry, Caitlin. (2016). A Century of Conservation Genetics: Comparative study on the African Lion. Applied Biodiversity Science Perspectives Series No. 6.
- Curry CJ, White PA, Derr JN. (2015). Mitochondrial Haplotype Diversity in Zambian Lions: Bridging a Gap in the Biogeography of an Iconic Species. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0143827. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143827
- 1st Place: Graduate & Professional Student Council Research Video Spotlight Competition
- 1st Place: CVM Graduate Student & Postdoc Research Symposium – Graduate Poster Presentation
- 2nd Place: DNA Day Poster Competition for Presenting Genetic Research to the General Public
- 3rd Place: Genetics Graduate Program Recruitment Symposium – Flash Talk Presentation
- CVM High Impact Achievement Award, Small Grant Recipient
- Genetics Program Fellowship
- Alpha Phi Foundation Sigma Scholarship
- Houston Safari Club’s Dan L. Duncan Scholarships
- Texas A&M University Scholarships for Academic Excellence