Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arizona
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arizona Staff Member

Dr. Melanie Culver

Melanie Culver

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (520) 626 - 3775
Personal website


  • Ph D University of Maryland 1999
  • BS University of Utah 1984


Conservation genetics specializing in molecular taxonomy, population genetics, landscape genetics, behavior ecology, wildlife management, and forensics; including the application of genome technologies to wildlife related issues.

Teaching Interest

conservation genetics and conservation biology

Research Interest

conservation genetics, new technology development, wildlife disease issues, climate change, and genomics.

Research Publications Publication Date
Warrillow, J., M. Culver, E. Hallerman and M. Vaughan. 2001. Subspecific affinity of black bears in the White River National Wildlife Refuge. Journal of Heredity 92:226-233. 2001-02-28
Vaughn EE, Morrison JL, Dwyer J, and Culver M. 2015. Development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers for the crested caracara, Caracara cheriway. Conservation Genetic Resources, 7(1):1877-7252 2015-06-30
Vargas K, Brown DE, Wisely E, and M. Culver. 2019. A resurrection of the Tamaulipas white-sided jackrabbit, Lepus altamira, based on DNA sequence data. Revista. Mexicana. Biodiv. vol.90,; Epub May 27, 2019 2019-01-31
Varas, C., P. Krausman, J. Ramirez, S. Cunnimgham and M. Culver. 2007. Genetic variability in black bears in the Four Peaks area, Tonto National Forest, AZ. In: Borders, Boundaries, and Time Scales, Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwest Deserts, Extended Abstracts: December 2006, pp. 78-80. 2007-12-31
Varas, C., C. Gonzalez Lopez, J. Ramirez, P. Krausman and M. Culver. 2007. Population structure of black bears in northern Mexico. In: Borders, Boundaries, and Time Scales, Proceedings of the Sixth Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwest Deserts, Extended Abstracts: December 2006, pp. 80-82. 2007-12-31
Tingay, R., M. Culver, E. M. Hallerman, J. D. Fraser and R. T. Watson. 2002. Subordinate males sire offspring in Madagascar fish-eagle (Haliaeetus voiciferoides) polyandrous breeding groups. Journal of Raptor Research 36:280-286 2002-07-31
Tingay, R. E., M. Culver and R. Watson. 2007. Using molecular sexing to assess field-based techniques for gender assignment in the Madagascar fish-eagle. J. of Raptor Res, 41(1)45-49. 2007-12-31
Tingay, R. E., Dawson, D. A., Pandhal, J., Clarke, M. L., David, V., Hailer, F., and M. Culver. 2007. Isolation of 22 new Haliaeetus microsatellite loci and their characterisation in the critically endangered Madagascar fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vociferoides) and three other Haliaeetus eagle species. Molecular Ecology Notes, doi: 10. 1111/j. 1471-8286. 2007. 01690. x 2007-01-31
Shaw, H.G., Beier, P., Culver, M., and Grigione, M. 2007. Puma Field Guide. A guide covering the Biological Considerations, General Life History, identification, Assessment, and Management of Puma concolor. The Cougar Network 2007-12-31
Ramirez J, Munguia-Vega A and M Culver. 2011. Isolation of microsatellite loci from the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbuenae). Conservation Genetic Resources, 3:327-329. 2011-04-30
Quijada-Mascarenas A, van Riper III C, James DJ, Lopez-Hoffman L, Sharp C, Gimblett R, Scott ML, Norman LM, Medellin R, Callegary JB, List R, Wallace CSA, Holm P, Glenn E, Leenhouts J, Esque T, Culver M, Webb R, Steidl RJ, Villarreal ML, Nagler P, Lackner W, Sturm M, Castillo-Gamez R, and Ceballos G. 2012. An ecosystem approach for developing an environmental monitoring program for the US/Mexico Border Region. In: de la Parra C.A., A. Cordova & E. Petersn (Eds) The Border Wall: Venues, Mechanisms and Stakeholders for a Constructive Dialogue Between the United States and Mexico. INE/El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico. - 2012-12-31
Pelz-Serrano K, Munguia-Vega A, Piaggio AJ, Neubaum M, Munclinger P, van Riper C III, Culver M, 2009. Development of nine new microsatellite loci for the American beaver, Castor Canadensis (Rodentia: Castoridae), and cross-species amplification in the European beaver, Castor fiber. Molecular Ecology Resources 9:551-554. 2009-03-31
Palmer, G. C., M. Culver, B. R. Murphy, E. M. Hallerman and N. Billington. 2006. Genetic markers show distinct walleye stocks in Claytor Lake and the Upper New River, Virginia. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2006-12-31
Ochoa, A, Onorato, DP, Fitak, RR, Roelke-Parker, ME and M. Culver. 2017. Evolutionary and functional mitogenomics associated with the genetic restoration of the Florida panther. J. Heredity, 1-7, doi:10.1093/jhered/esx015 2017-02-28
Ochoa A, Wells SA, West G, Al-Smadi M, Redondo, SA Sexton SR, Culver M. 2016. Can captive populations function as sources of genetic variation for reintroductions into the wild? A case study of the Arabian oryx from the Phoenix Zoo and the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, Jordan. Conservation Genetics 17(5)1145–1155 2016-10-31
Nicholson KL, Krausman PR, Munguia-Vega A, and Culver M. 2011. Spatial and temporal interactions of sympatric mountain lions in Arizona. European Journal of Wildlife Management, DOI: 10.1007/s10344-011-0528-8 | Abstract 2011-04-30
Naidu A, Smythe LA, Thompson RW, and M Culver. 2011. Genetic analysis of scats reveals minimum number and sex of recently documented mountain lions. J of Fish and Wildlife Management 2(1) 2011-06-30
Naidu A, Fitak RR, Munguia-Vega A, and M Culver. 2012. Novel PCR primers for complete mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequencing in mammals. Molecular Ecology Resources 12(2):191-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03078.x 2012-03-31
Munguia-Vega, A., Rodriguez-Estrella, R., Nachman, M., Culver, M. 2009. Polymorphic microsatellite loci for the sand pocket mouse Chaetodipus arenarius, and endemic from the Baja California Peninsula. Molecular Ecology Resources, 9:305-307. 2009-01-31
Munguia-Vega A, Rodriguez-Estrella R, Shaw WW, Culver M. 2013. Localized extinction of an arboreal desert lizard caused by habitat fragmentation. Biological Conservation 157:11-20. 2013-01-31
Munguia-Vega A, Rodriguez-Estrella R, Nachman MW, Shaw W, Culver M. 2009. Habitat loss and fragmentation in the Sonoran desert and its impact on the genetic structure and extinction risk of the Baja California endemic black-tailed brush lizard (Urosaurus nigricaudus). Sonoran Herpetologist 20:12-15. 2009-02-28
Munguia-Vega A, Rheude M, Culver M. 2009. Ten new microsatellite loci for the striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis). Conservation Genetics Resources. DOI 10.1007/s12686-009-9101-0 2009-12-31
Munguia-Vega A, Pelz-Serrano K, Goode M, Culver M. 2009. Eleven new microsatellite loci for the tiger rattlesnake (Crotalus tigris). Molecular Ecology Resources, 9:1267-1270. 2009-07-31
Munguia-Vega A, Klimova A, Culver M. 2013. New microsatellite loci isolated via next-generation sequencing for two endangered pronghorn from the Sonoran Desert. Conservation Genetic Resources. DOI 10.1007/s12686-012-9749-8 2013-03-31
Moncrief, N.D., R.A. Van Den Bussche, R.D. Dueser, N.E. Cockett, D. Loftis and M. Culver. 2008. Diagnostic genetic marker that differentiates eastern fox squirrels from eastern gray squirrels. J. Wildlife Management, 72(1):320-323. 2008-01-31
Macías-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, G.L. Holroyd, H. E. Valdez-Gómez, and M. Culver. 2019. Genetic variation among island and continental populations of Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) subspecies in North America. Journal of Raptor Research 53: 127-133. 2019-05-31
Macias-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, A. Munguia-Vega, and M. Culver. 2010. Novel Microsatellite Loci for the Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia. Conservation Genetics Resources 2:67-69. 2010-10-31
Klimova A, Munguia-Vega A, Hoffman JI, and Culver M. 2014. Genetic diversity and historical demography of two endangered captive pronghorn subspecies from the Sonoran Desert. Journal of Mammalogy, DOI: 10.1644/13-MAMM-A-321 2014-10-31
Jones, J. W., M. Culver, V. David, J. Struthers, N. Johnson, R. J. Neves, S. J. O'Brien, and E. M. Hallerman. 2004. Development and characterization of microsatellite loci in the endangered oystermussel Epioblasma capsaeformis (Bivalvia Unionidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 10:1-4. 2004-04-30
Johnson,W., O'Brien,S.J., and Culver,M. 2001. Small Cats. In: The Encyclopedia of Mammals. Edited by David MacDonald. Barnes and Noble Books, New York, pp 32-37. 2001-12-31
Johnson, J.A., Tingay, R.A., Culver, M., Hailer, F., Clarke, M.L., Mindell, D.P. 2009. Long-term survival despite low genetic variability in the critically endangered Madagascar fish-eagle. Molecular Ecology, 18:54-63. 2009-01-31
Highton R , Hastings AP, Palmer C, Watt Rs, Hass CA, Culver M, and SJ Arnold. 2012. Concurrent Speciation in the Eastern Woodland Salamanders (Genus Plethodon): DNA Sequences of the Complete Albumin and Partial 12s Mitochondrial Genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 71:127-141 2012-05-31
Haynes, L., Hackl, C. Z., and M. Culver. 2005. Wild cats of the sky islands: a summary of monitoring efforts using noninvasive techniques. In: Gottfried GJ, Gebow BS, Eskew LG, Edminster CB, compilers. Connecting Mountain Islands and Desert Seas: Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago II, Proceedings RMRS-P-36, pp. 185-188. 2005-09-30
Fitak RR, Rinkevich S, and M Culver. 2018. Genome-wide analysis of SNPs is consistent with no domestic dog ancestry in the endangered Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi). Journal of Heredity, 109(4):372-383. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esy009. 2018-05-31
Fitak RR, Naidu A, Thompson RW and M Culver. 2015. PumaPlex 1.0: a new panel of SNP markers for the genetic management of North American pumas. Submitted to Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 2015-11-30
Fitak RR, Koprowski JL, and Culver M. 2013. Severe reduction in genetic variation in a montane isolate: the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis). Conservation Genetics, DOI 10.1007/s10592-013-0511-x 2013-12-31
Erwin JA, Vargas K, Blais BR, Bennett K, Muldoon J, Findysz S, Christie C, Heffelfinger JR and M Culver. 2018. Genetic assessment of a bighorn sheep population expansion in the Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona. Peer J, DOI 10.7717/peerj.5978 2018-10-31
Erwin JA, Fitak RR, Dwyer JF, Morrison JL, Culver M. 2016. Molecular detection and prevalence of bacteria in the families Rikettsiaccae and Anaplasmataccae in northern crested caracaras (Caracara cheriway). Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7(3):470-4 doi: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2016.01.015 2016-04-30
Edwards T, Vaughn M, Rosen P, Melendez Torres C, Karl AE, Culver M and RW Murphy. 2016. Shaping species with ephemeral boundaries, the distribution and genetic structure of desert tortoise (Gopherus morafkai) in the Sonoran Desert. J of Biogeography 43(3)484-497 doi: 10.1111/jbi.12664 2016-03-31
Edwards T, Tollis M, Hsieh P-H, Gutenkunst R, Liu Z, Ksumi K, Culver M, Murphy RW. 2016. Assessing models of speciation under different biogeographic scenarios; an empirical study using multi-locus and RNA-seq analyses. Ecology and Evolution 6(2):379-96. doi: 10.1002/ece3.1865 2016-01-31
Edwards T, Berry KH, Inman RD, Esque TC, Nussear KE, Jones CA and M Culver. 2015. Testing taxon tenacity of tortoises: Evidence for a geographical-selection gradient at a secondary contact zone. Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1500 2015-05-31
Dominguez-Contreras JF, Munguia-Vega A, Ceballos-Vasquez BP, Arellano-Martinez M, Garcia-Rodriguez FJ, Culver M and H. Reyes-Bonilla. 2018. Life histories predict genetic diversity and population structure within three species of octopus targeted by small-scale fisheries in Northwest Mexico. PeerJ 6:e4295 2018-02-28
Dominguez-Contreras JF, Munguia-Vega A, Ceballos-Vasquez BP, Arellano-Martinez M, Culver M. 2014. Characterization of microsatellite loci from two-spotted octopus Octopus bimaculatus Verrill 1883 from pyrosequencing reads. Conservation Genet Resour 6:465 doi:10.1007/s12686-013-0128-x 2014-01-31
Culver, M., P. W. Hedrick, K. Murphy, S. J. O'Brien, M. G. Hornocker. 2008. Estimation of bottleneck size in Florida panthers. Animal Conservation, 11:104-110. 2008-04-30
Culver, M., M. A. Menotti-Raymond and S. J. O'Brien. 2001. Patterns of size homoplasy at 10 microsatellite loci in pumas (Puma concolor). Molecular Biology and Evolution 18:1151-1156. 2001-02-28
Culver, M. 2006. A Primer of Conservation Genetics. Richard Frankham, Jonathan D. Ballou, and David A. Briscoe. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK. Journal of Wildlife Management, 70(1):301 2006-12-31
Culver, M. 2005. Genetic Variation, Gene Flow and Population Identification for North American Pumas. In: The Eastern Cougar, Chris Bolgiano and Jerry Roberts (eds. ), Stackpole Books, pp142-149. 2004-09-30
Culver M. 2016. Jaguar Surveying and Monitoring in the United States. Final Completion Report for USFWS Contract Number F11PXO5778. 2016-04-30
Culver M. 2010. Lessons and insights from evolution, taxonomy, and conservation genetics. In: Cougar Ecology and Conservation. Maurice Hornocker and Sharon Negri eds. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London. 2010-12-31
Culver M. 2006. Puma phylogeography and how genetics is applied to identifying the eastern puma. Proceedings of the Eastern Cougar Conference, 2004, pp. 114-116. 2006-12-31
Culver M, Varas C, Harveson PM, McKinney B, Harveson LA. 2009. Connecting wildlife habitats across the U.S.-Mexico border. In: Making Conservation Work Across the U.S.-Mexico Border. Edited by Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Emily D. McGovern, Robert Varady, and Karl W. Flessa. The Edge Environmental Science, Law, and Policy Series. The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, pp 83-99. 2009-12-31
Culver M, Schwartz M. 2011. Conservation Genetics and Cougar Menegement. In: Managing Cougars in North America. Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Cougar Working Group and Jack H. Berryman Institute Press, pp 91-109. 2011-12-31
Culver M, Johnson WE, Pecon-Slattery J and SJ O'Brien. 2000. Genomic ancestry of the American puma (Puma concolor). J. of Heredity, 91(3)186-197. 2000-12-31
Culver M, Fitak R, Herrmann H-W. 2011. Genetic Methods for Biodiversity Assessment. In: Biological Diversity: Frontiers in Measurement and Assessment, pp 208-218. Oxford University Press. 2011-12-31
Culver M, Driscoll C, Eizirik E, G Spong. 2010 Genetic Applications in Wild Felids. In: Felid Biology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, pp 107-123 2010-12-31
Culver M and A. Ochoa Hein. 2016. Jaguar taxonomy and genetic diversity for southern Arizona, U.S. and Sonora, Mexico. Final Report submitted to USFWS (contract F12PX02072). 2016-05-31
Cassaigne I, Medellin RA, Thompson RW, Culver M, Ochoa A, Vargas K, Childs JL, Sanderson J, List R, Torres-Gomez A. 2016. Diet of pumas (Puma concolor) in Sonora, Mexico as determined by GPS kill sites and molecular identifies scat, with comments on jaguar (Panthera onca) diet. Southwest Naturalist 61(2)125-132 dog: 10.1894/0038-4909-61.2.125 2016-06-30
Project Completion Date
The use of genetic analysis to detect migration in the southwest 2011-03-31
The effects of extirpation and reintroduction on the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) through genome-wide association. 2011-05-30
Cultural Surveys of the Masked Bobwhite Quail in Central Sonora 2010-07-31
Conservation genetics and population structure of Chiricahua leopard frogs in NM, AZ and Mexico 2010-06-30
Assessment of population size and prey selection patterns of Mexican gray wolves on the San Carlos Apache and Fort Apache Indian Reservations, AZ 2010-09-30
Assessment of abundance and diet of felids at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 2010-05-01
Phylogeography of the masked bobwhite 2020-12-31
Population subdivision of flat-tailed horned lizards in the southwest 2014-03-01
Estimate black bear population size in Arizona 2014-01-01
Conservation status and genetic management of imperiled species along the US-Mexico border 2018-06-30
RadSEQ to assess behavior ecology genomics for pumas on the Uncompahgre Plateau of Colorado 2018-12-31
Genetic Diversity of Caracara in Florida 2021-12-31
Developing SNP Markers in Pumas for Genome-Wide Association Study and Population Genetics 2015-12-31
Research on Bobcats and Urbanization in the Tucson Mountain District, Saguaro National Park 2016-12-31
Jaguar Surveying and Monitoring in the United States 2016-12-31
Genetics Sampling Method to Estimate Black Bears Population Size in Arizona 2016-12-31
Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Grantwriting Project 2016-12-31
Conservation Genetics of the Tiger Rattlesnake 2017-12-31
Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation Outreach Project 2015-06-30
Evaluating the Use of Molecular Scatology for Monitoring Mammalian Species Diversity in National Parks 2015-12-31
Conservation Genetics and Population Structure of Chiricahua Leopard Frogs (Rana chiricahuensis) in New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico 2017-12-31
Conservation Genetics and Population Dynamics of Black Bears in Arizona 2017-12-31
Assessment of Abundance and Diet of Felids at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 2017-12-31
Effects of Fragmentation of Desert Habitat in Baja California Sur, on Population Genetics 2017-12-31
Determine Genetic Variability Within Wild and Captive Populations of Sonoran Pronghorn 2017-12-31
Assessment of Population Size and Prey Selection Patterns of Mexican Gray Wolves on the San Carlos Apache and Fort Apache Indian Reservations, Arizona 2017-12-31
The Effects of Extirpation and Reintroduction on the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) through Genome-Wide Association 2017-12-31
Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Taxonomy and Population Connectivity 2018-12-31
Using Genetic Methods to Estimate Social Structure and Reproductive Success of a Puma Population and Implications on Effects of Sport-Hunting 2017-12-31
Investigation into the Phylogeography and Species States of the Desert Tortoise and its Application to Conservation 2017-12-31
Population Genetic Diversity and Structure in Yellow-Billed Cuckoos (Coccyzus americanus) 2017-12-31
Genetic Characterization of the Invasive Quagga Mussel (Dresseina bugensis) in Southwestern US Lakes 2017-12-31
Taxonomy of Anodonta Mussels in Arizona and Mexico Using Genetic Markers 2017-12-31
Functional Genomics of the Endangered Florida Panther 2017-12-31
Determine Relatedness of Certain Mexican Races of Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) 2018-12-31
Genetic Diversity and Structure for Arizona Bald Eagles 2017-12-31
Evolution of the Ocelot in Arizona 2017-12-31
Genome Approach for Noninvasive Diet Assessment of Mule Deer from Scat 2017-12-31
Epigenomics of the Endangered Sonoran Pronghorn 2017-12-31
Assessment of trophic cascades for the Mexican wolf. 2017-12-31
Use of Citizen Scientists to Monitor Cameras for Jaguar and Ocelot Detection 2025-01-01
Puma Connectivity and Landscape Genetics in the Southwestern US to Resolve the Source of Newly Established Puma Populations at Kofa National Wildlife Refuge 2015-12-31
Evolution of the Jaguar in Arizona, US and Sonora, Mexico 2017-12-31
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Goode, Matt PhD Completed Program 2015-08-01
Naidu, Ashwin PhD Completed Program 2015-05-15
Naidu, Ashwin Master's Completed Program 2009-12-15
Fitak, Robert PhD Completed Program 2014-05-05
Crabb, Michelle Master's Completed Program 2013-09-15
Edwards, Taylor PhD Completed Program 2013-05-15
Varas, Cora PhD Completed Program 2013-05-05
Scheinkman, Tracy Master's Completed Program 2005-07-08
Ramirez, Judith Master's Completed Program 2011-06-15
McNeill, Shannon Master's Completed Program 2015-12-01
Vargas, Karla PhD Active
Rosenberg, Amelia Undergraduate Active 2014-08-25
Thompson, Kyle Master's Active
Voirin, Chase Master's Completed Program 2016-05-30
Jennett, Elysia Master's Completed Program 2013-12-05
Vaughn, Erin PhD Completed Program 2016-08-01
Ochoa, Alex PhD Completed Program 2017-05-31
Ramos, Seafha PhD Completed Program 2016-05-10
Presentations Presentation Date
Varas C, Krausman P, Gonzalez Lopez C, Culver M. Evaluating population structure of black bears in the sky islands region of Arizona and northern Mexico using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA analyses. 10th Western Black Bear Workshop, May 18-21, Reno, Nevada. 2009-05-21
Teal, C., S. Bonar, D. Schill, and M. Culver. 2019. Developing trojan sex chromosome carriers (YY Males) to control nuisance fish populations in the Southwest. 52nd Joint Annual Meeting of the AZ/NM American Fisheries Society, AZ Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and NM Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Albuquerque, NM, February 7-9, 2019. 2019-02-08
Teal, C., S. Bonar, D. Schill, and M. Culver. 2018. Developing YY males to control nuisance fish populations in the Southwest. Arizona Native Fishes Conservation Team Statewide Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, November 8, 2018. 2018-11-08
Teal, C., S. Bonar, D. Schill, and M. Culver. 2018. Developing YY males to control nuisance fish populations in the Southwest. 50th Annual Desert Fishes Council Meeting, Death Valley, California, November 14-18, 2018. 2018-11-16
Teal, C., S. Bonar, D. Schill, and M. Culver. 2018. Developing YY males to control nuisance fish Populations in the Southwest. Colorado River Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force Meeting, Online, September 26, 2018. 2018-09-26
Teal, C., S. Bonar, D. Schill, A. Erwin, and M. Culver. 2019. Developing trojan sex chromosome carriers (YY Males) to control nuisance fish populations in the Southwest. The American Fisheries Society's 149th Annual Meeting and Joint Conference with the Wildlife Society. Reno, NV, September 29 - October 3, 2019. 2019-09-30
Ochoa A, Onorato D and M Culver. 2014. Functional Genomics of the Endangered Florida Panther. Eleventh Mountain Lion Workshop, Cedar City, UT 2014-05-14
Natalie R Payne, Melanie Culver, Koenraad Van Doorslaer. 2020. Emerging Viral Diseases in At-Risk Populations of Felids and Ungulates. The AZ/NM JAM of TWS, Prescott, AZ January 31-February 1, 2020. 2020-02-01
Naidu A, Fitak RR and M Culver. 2014. Barriers restricting gene glow among mountain lions in Arizona. 2014-05-14
Macías-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, and M. Culver. 2010. Change in migratory behavior as a possible explanation for burrowing owl distributional changes in North America. Joint meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union and Cooper Ornithological Society. San Diego, CA, 9 Feb 2010. 2010-02-09
Macias-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, and M. Culver. 2009. Population connectivity in Burrowing Owls throughout North America; have owls altered their migratory behavior in response to land-use changes in Mexico? American Ornithologists’ Union, Pittsburgh, PA, 15 Aug 2009. 2009-08-15
Fitak RR, Naidu A and M Culver. 2014. Improved genotyping success in mountain lion scats using single nucleotide polymorphisms. Eleventh Mountain Lion Workshop, Cedar City, UT. 2014-05-15
Culver, M.and S. Malusa. 2017. Jaguars in the Chiricahuas and Southern Arizona. Heritage Days Festival, Rodeo, New Mexico, September 8-10, 2017. 2017-09-09
Culver M. 2017. Genetic data to estimate connectivity for US-Mexico border species. 2017-09-26
Culver M. 2014. Wildlife Conservation Genetics Overview. University of Arizona, Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate student orientation. Tucson, AZ. 2014-08-15
Culver M. 2013. Wildlife Conservaiton Genetics Overview. University of Arizona, Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate student orientation, Tucson AZ. 2013-08-13
Culver M. 2012. Wildlife Conservation Genetics Overview. University of Arizona, Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences graduate student orientation, Tucson, AZ. 2012-08-17
Culver M. 2010. Trans-Study genetic research options. Collaborative Mountain Lion Workshop, at Thy Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Snowbird, UT. 2010-10-02
Culver M and L Haynes. 2012. Jaguar surveying and monitoring in the United States. 2012. University of Arizona Alumni Association, Tucson, AZ. 2012-02-01
Clemons J, Naidu A and M Culver. 2014. DNA-based diet identification of mountain lions in southwest Arizona. Eleventh Mountain Lion Workshop, Cedar City, UT 2014-05-15
Alex Erwin, Karla Vargas, Jim Heffelfinger, Ron Thompson, Raul Valdez, Melanie Culver. 2020. Shepherding students from the lab to publication: teaching students conservation genetics in the laboratory setting with actual case studies. The AZ/NM JAM of TWS, Prescott, AZ January 31-February 1, 2020. 2020-02-01
Technical Publications Publication Date
Reynolds E, Gimblett R, Malusa S, Culver M. 2015. Development and Implementation of a Citizen Science Program for Jaguar and Ocelot Monitoring. Final Report to the USFWS under Intra-Agency Agreement Number: G13AC00222. 33p. 2015-09-30
Neils AM, Bugbee C, Gimblet HR, Culver M. 2015. Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation Education Project: K-12 Education Plan, Educational Materials, & Examples of Curricula. Final Report to the US Fish and Wildlife Service under Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222. 2015-08-31
Naidu A, Sheehy J, Haynes L, Gimblett HR, Culver M. 2015. Grants for Jaguar COnservation, Final Completion Report for Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222. 2015-09-30
Merlin P, Haynes L, Gimblett HR, Culver M. 2015. Arizona Jaguar and Ocelot Conservation Outreach Project. Final COmpletion Report for Intra-Agency Agreement Number G13AC00222. 2015-09-30
Fitak R, Rinkevich S, and Culver M. 2014. The effects of extirpation and reintroduction on the Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) through genome-wide association. USFWS QRP Program Final Report 2014-08-31
Culver M, Herrmann H-W, Miller M, Roth B and J Sorenson. 2013. Anatomical and Genetic Variation of Western Oxyloma (Pulmonata: Succineidae) Concerning the Endangered Kanab Ambersnail (Oxyloma kanabense haydeni) in Arizona and Utah. Scientific Investigators Report 2013-5164. IP-049548, approved by BAO on 21 August 2013. 2013-08-31