Cathy Schaeff

Cathy Schaeff

associate professor, Department of Biology

Area of Expertise:
Genetics, conservation, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, marine mammals, evolution of human mate choice, marine mammal conservation
Additional Information:
Cathy Schaeff's main research interests are conservation biology, molecular ecology, and behavior. She uses molecular DNA techniques in conjunction with behavioral data to investigate gene flow patterns within and between populations (e.g., right whales and gray whales), determine mating strategies (e.g., penguins, right whales), and understand the evolutionary significance of various behaviors (e.g., fostering). She is also conducting a number of studies on fluctuating asymmetry to determine whether morphological asymmetry is a useful tool for assessing population health in endangered species (right whales, manatees, Sable Island ponies) and recently began studying mate choice in gays and lesbians.
Foreign Language Fluency:
n/a
Academic Credentials:
PhD, Queens University, Canada
Category:
Environment, Science and Mathematics-Biology
Site/Profile:
http://www.american.edu/cas/faculty/schaeff.cfm