Manager of Reproductive Sciences


M.S.—Ecology, University of Missouri-St. Louis
B.S.—Animal Science, Colorado State University

Areas of Expertise

Reproductive management
Gamete banking
Comparative reproductive physiology
Biotelemetry, wildlife monitoring and ambient data collection techniques

About Karen Bauman

Karen’s interests are varied; she focused on beef cattle reproduction in college, assisting several graduate students with their projects, before finding her niche working in zoos.  Prior to starting at the Saint Louis Zoo, she did internships at three other zoos gaining experience in in Nutrition, Animal Records/Animal Health and Curatorial management. She began at the Saint Louis Zoo as a research intern, and stayed to work on a grant-funded project on addax ovulatory cycles. She subsequently was hired as Research Technician, before moving into her current position.

As the Laboratory Manager, Karen works with all other Department and AZA Reproductive Management Center (RMC) staff to assist in project implementation, experimental design and data analysis. She loves working with a broad array of species and especially enjoys using technology, such as biotelemetry, to monitor physiological, endocrinological and behavioral parameters.  Karen’s current projects include analyzing mother-infant antelope behavior, developing methods to assess well-being of zoo-housed fennec foxes, evaluating Lifetime Reproductive Planning for managing captive populations, testing methods to monitor ambient noise, and using computer-assisted motion analysis and fluorescent stains to assess the condition of frozen-thawed sperm.

Karen is also active in AZA conservation and science programs as Chair of the Canid and Hyaenid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) and as Coordinator of the Fennec Fox Species Survival Plan (SSP), roles which allow her to make unique contributions to initiatives of the Department and the RMC. 

For a complete list of Karen’s published works, visit her Research Gate profile.