Dr. Spindler received a PhD in Embryonic Diapause at the University of
Melbourne in 1997.
She almost immediately took a position at the
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. During this time, she
developed novel embryo culture systems for rare and endangered species
and spent 5 giant panda breeding seasons in the Wolong Nature Reserve
where she helped establish the Giant Panda Genome Resource Bank and
routine reproductive management. During this same period established the
Smithsonian's Neotropical Carnivore Initiative with Dr Nucharin
Songsasen and colleagues throughout the Americas, and spearheaded a
multidisciplinary project aimed at improving the health, reproduction
and conservation of jaguars.
Dr. Spindler moved to Toronto Zoo in 2004 to
head up the reproductive department and initiated investigations into
the role of genetic makeup on breeding strategies of wildlife species.
In April of 2007, she joined the team at the Taronga Zoo as Manager of
Research and Conservation Programs focusing the research of Zoo
scientists on wildlife ecology, behavior, reproduction and health to
inform best conservation practice. She is currently investigating the
role of genes that control self-recognition and immune response (the
major histo-compatibility complex; MHC) on mate choice in the Tasmanian
Devil, with collaborator Kathy Belov.
Dr. Spindler chairs the Taronga Animal Ethics Committee and Conservation
Committee and with collaborators from the IUCN's Conservation Breeding
Specialist Group has developed a science based matrix to prioritise
conservation and research projects.
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