Year entered the Ph.D. Program: Fall 2014
Research Advisor: Melanie Culver
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Research topic: Eldridge Wisely came to the Genetics PhD program from a background in Ecology. She graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in Biology and a focus in Big Cat Conservation. She has worked on conservation projects in Belize, Paraguay, and Texas, and has studied ocelots, bobcats, pumas, and jaguars in their natural habitats through camera-trapping, radio-collaring, and non-invasive genetic techniques. Her interest in non-invasive genetic monitoring of wildlife led her to the Culver lab at the University of Arizona where she decided to pursue Genetics at the PhD level. Eldridge is interested in a variety of topics, including environmental DNA monitoring of marine ecosystems, community structure elucidation from environmental DNA, predator ecology through non-invasive monitoring techniques, and ancient migrations of populations. When she's not in the lab or the field, Eldridge is also a fiddle player in an Irish band, and a PADI scuba instructor.