Erin Curry, Ph.D., is a staff scientist at the Lindner Center for Conservation and Research of
Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Dr. Curry’s research
centers on polar bears, the newest addition to CREW’s Signature Projects.
Dr. Curry earned her B.S. degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2003.
After working as a veterinary technician for a few years, she decided to pursue graduate studies
at Clemson University in South Carolina, where she earned her M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) in
Animal Physiology, with concentrations in reproductive physiology and molecular biology. Her
graduate research involved the analysis of sex determination in cattle and the identification and
characterization of microRNAs in porcine gametes and pre-implantation embryos.
Dr. Curry joined CREW as a Post-doctoral Fellow in January 2011 and began working with polar
bears, an iconic species for climate change due to their dependence on sea ice for survival and
reproduction. In addition to developing novel methods for non-invasively monitoring
reproductive activity in polar bears, in 2012, Dr. Curry led a CREW team in performing the first
ever artificial insemination procedure in a polar bear. Dr. Curry was hired as a staff
Reproductive Physiologist in March 2014.