B.S., North Dakota State University; M.S. and Ph.D., Washington State University
Brown collaborated in the development of a successful artificial insemination technique for elephants, and consistently works with other institutions interested in understanding and overcoming infertility problems in ex situ elephant populations. She also oversaw the development of non-invasive techniques for monitoring gonadal and adrenal activity in multiple species through the analysis of steroids excreted in urine, feces, hair and saliva. As a result, she now has amassed an extensive database for more than three dozen species demonstrating the diversity of estrous cycle dynamics, seasonal activity, ovulatory mechanisms, and stress function. Fecal and hair corticoid analyses in particular are proving instrumental in assessing the impact of management and husbandry practices on stress and well-being in captive animals in the U.S. and in range countries.
Brown is an animal science major and studied the effects of nutrition on sperm function in dairy bulls for her master’s degree, and cystic ovarian disease in dairy cattle for her doctorate. Interestingly, many of the things she learned studying domestic cattle are pertinent to the wildlife species she now focuses on. While she started out strictly as a reproductive physiologist, in the last decade she has turned much of her attention to animal welfare, especially animals managed under human care. Of particular interest is the work she is doing in Asia, helping to identify optimal management strategies for working elephants that will ensure population sustainability and a high level of welfare for individual animals.
Brown is very interested in developing the next generation and practices capacity building through training of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and interns who will carry on this important, multidisciplinary work. She coordinates numerous training workshops in endocrine techniques as part of university courses in the U.S. and technology transfer efforts in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Singapore and China. She also co-founded the International Society for Wildlife Endocrinology (ISWE) and ASEAN Captive Elephant Working Group.
Boonsri, Kittikorn, Somgird, Chaleamchat, Noinafai, Pheudphol, Pringproa, Kidsadagon, Janyamethakul, Thittaya, Angkawanish, Taweepoke, Brown, Janine L., Tankaew, Pallop, Srivorakul, Saralee and Thitaram, Chatchote. 2018. Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus Associated with Clostridium Perfringens Infection in Two Asian Elephant (Elephas Maximus) Calves. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 178-182.
Brown, Janine L. 2018.
Chusyd, Daniella E., Brown, Janine L., Hambly, Catherine, Johnson, Maria S., Morfeld, Kari, Patki, Amit, Speakman, John R., Allison, David B. and Nagy, Tim R. 2018.