Morgan Maly

• 4th year Ph.D. candidate

• Hometown: DeForest, WI

• Education:

  • BS Biology (minor in African Studies), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS Animal Science (minor in Biotechnology), North Carolina State University

• Lab: Breen and Roberts

• Fun fact: I have specific anosmia which prevents me from smelling skunk or “skunk-like” odors unless they are REALLY pungent!

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• Publications:

  1. Maly, MA., Edwards, KL., Koester, DC., Farin, CE., Crosier, AE. (2021). Assessing Puberty in Female Cheetahs (Acinonxy jubatus) via Faecal Hormone Metabolites and Body Weight. Reproduction, Fertility, and Development. (just accepted).
  2. Maly, MA., Edwards, KL., Farin, CE., Koester, DC., Crosier, AE. (2018). Assessing puberty in ex situ male captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) via fecal hormone metabolites and body weights. Gen. Comp. Endocrinol. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.07.011
  3. Crosier, AE., Lamy, J., Bapodra, P., Rapp, S., Maly, MA., Junge, R., Haefele, H., Ahistus, J., Santiestevan, J., Comizzoli, P. (2020). First Birth of Cheetah Cubs from In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer. Animals. 10(10):E1811. DOI: 10.3390/ani10101811
  4. Koester, DC., Wildt, DE., Maly, MA., Comizzoli, P., Crosier, AE. (2017). Non-invasive Identification of Protein Biomarkers for Early Pregnancy Diagnosis in the Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). PLoS ONE 12 (12): e0188575.
  5. Knott, KK., Roberts, BM., Maly, MA., Vance, CK., Debeachaump, J., Majors, J., Riger, P., Decaluwe, H., Kouba, AJ. (2013). Fecal estrogen, progestagen and glucocorticoid metabolites during the estrous cycle and pregnancy in the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla): evidence for delayed implantation. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 11(83).

• Presentations:

  • Maly, MA. 2021. “Is your cheetah getting enough fiber? Using the science of poop to help endangered animals.” North Carolina Museum of Natural Science Darwin Days. Raleigh, NC, USA.
  • Maly, MA. 2021. “Fecal microbiota differences between two cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) populations int at functional relevance.” 4th Annual Genetics and Genomics Initiative Retreat. Raleigh, NC, USA.
  • Maly, MA. 2020. “Cheetah Specific Microsatellite Markers for Population Structure and Relatedness Estimates in the ex situ Cheetah.” 4th Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics. Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Maly, MA. 2019. “Genomic approaches to endangered species management: Population analysis and microbiome characterization of the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).” Felid TAG. Omaha, NE, USA.
  • Maly, MA. 2017. “Determining Genetic Relationships of the North American Cheetah Population using Microsatellite Markers.” Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Emerging Scientists Symposium. Washington DC, USA.
  • Maly, MA. 2015. “Assessing Puberty in Captive Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) via Growth Patterns and Fecal Hormone Metabolites.” 25th Annual Felid TAG. Pittsburgh, PA, USA.