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Dr. Melanie Culver

Melanie Culver


  • Ph D University of Maryland 1999
  • BS University of Utah 1984


Conservation genetics specializing in molecular taxonomy, population genetics, landscape genetics, behavior ecology, wildlife management, and forensics; including the application of genome technologies to wildlife related issues.

Research Interests

conservation genetics, new technology development, wildlife disease issues, climate change, and genomics.

Teaching Interests

conservation genetics and conservation biology

Professional Society Service

  • Other - General Member, Chair of Elections Committee, and member of several other committees. (January 2007 - January 2025)

Research Publications

  • John A. Erwin, Karla Vargas, Brian R. Blais, Kendell Bennett, Julia Muldoon, Sarah Findysz, Courtney Christie, James R. Heffelfinger, Melanie Culver. 2018. Genetic assessment of a bighorn sheep population expansion in the Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona. Peer J, DOI 10.7717/peerj.5978
  • Fitak RR, Rinkevich S, and M Culver. 2018. Genome-wide analysis of SNPs is consistent with no domestic dog ancestry in the endangered Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). Journal of Heredity, 109(4):372-383. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esy009.
  • Dominguez-Contreras JF, Munguia-Vega A, Ceballos-Vasquez BP, Arellano-Martinez M, Garcia-Rodriguez FJ, Culver M and H. Reyes-Bonilla. 2018. Life histories predict genetic diversity and population structure within three species of octopus targeted by small-scale fisheries in Northwest Mexico. PeerJ 6:e4295
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Conservation Genetics (2017)
  • Recent Advances in Genetics (2017)
  • Recent Advances in Genetics (2017)
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Arizona Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Melanie CulverCouncil Member, Wild Felid Research and Management Association (May 2008 - May 2013)
  • Melanie CulverMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, USGS (September 2009 - September 2009)
  • Melanie CulverMember, Board of Directors, Eastern Cougar Foundation (January 2001 - January 2009)
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Arizona University Committees and Workgroups

  • Melanie CulverMember, Faculty Search Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona (October 2005 - September 2015)
  • Melanie CulverMember, O'Brien Diversity Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona (September 2004 - June 2005)
  • Melanie CulverChair, Departmental Seminar Committee, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona (July 2004 - December 2004)
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Technical Publications

  • Merlin P, Haynes L, Gimblett HR, Culver M. 2015. Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation Outreach Project. Final COmpletion Report for Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222.
  • Naidu A, Sheehy J, Haynes L, Gimblett HR, Culver M. 2015. Grants for Jaguar COnservation, Final Completion Report for Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222.
  • Reynolds E, Gimblett R, Malusa S, Culver M. 2015. Development and Implementation of a Citizen Science Program for Jaguar and Ocelot Monitoring. Final Report to the USFWS under Intra-Agency Agreement Number: G13AC00222. 33p.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 43

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 95

Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Arizona Game Fish Department
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Arizona
  5. Wildlife Management Institute