Ashley Reeves

Ocelot Conservation

Dr. Ashley Reeves is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Wild Felid Reproduction at the University of Tennessee in collaboration with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) at the Cincinnati Zoo. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi State University prior to earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Tennessee in 2019. Ashley was born and raised in Eads, Tennessee.

Ashley’s research focuses on the use of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) in free-ranging ocelots and bobcats and general health monitoring, including pathogen testing of South Texas populations on several Texas ranches, which includes the East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch. She is currently comparing two techniques for preserving and freezing semen samples for post-thaw assessment to determine survivability, in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination success. Her long-term goals include using her DVM and Ph.D. to pursue a career in wildlife species reproduction and medicine for the conservation and management of endangered species.