B.S, M.S., Ph.D., University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Edwards earned her bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Liverpool, U.K. Her doctorate research was in collaboration with Chester Zoo, U.K., investigating factors associated with reproductive success in eastern black rhinoceros in European zoos. This was a multi-institutional study involving 90 percent of the European captive population; the collaborative research contributed to a ‘baby-boom’ of black rhinos in Europe, and was awarded the BIAZA best research project award in 2013. Edwards is also a professional member of the International Rhino Keeper Association and the Elephant Managers Association, as well as a member of the International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology.
Her past research has also incorporated behavioral endocrinology and population management, all lending to her overall goal of providing optimal conditions for ex situ populations to thrive and ultimately maximize the contribution they can make to global conservation efforts.
Investigating temporary acyclicity in a captive group of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus): relationship between management, adrenal activity and social factors
. General and Comparative Endocrinology
, 104-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2015.09.011
Edwards, Katie L., Trotter, Jessica, Jones, Martin, Brown, Janine L., Steinmetz, Hanspeter W. and Walker, Susan L. 2016.
Edwards, Katie L., Shultz, Susanne, Pilgrim, Mark and Walker, Susan L. 2015.
Low birth rates and reproductive skew limit the viability of Europe’s captive eastern black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis michaeli
. Biodiversity and Conservation
, 2831-2852. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-015-0976-7
Edwards, Katie L., Walker, Susan L., Dunham, Amy E., Pilgrim, Mark, Okita-Ouma, Benson and Shultz, Susanne. 2015.