Cheryl Asa, PhD
Dr. Cheryl Asa has managed the contraception program for the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for more than 20 years, first as chair of the Contraception Advisory Group then as director of the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center, formed in 1999. The Center oversees contraceptive monitoring, research, and product distribution for North American zoos and provides information and recommendations on its website (www.stlzoo.org/contraception). She also is director of the Saint Louis Zoo's Research Dept., specializing in comparative reproductive processes, particularly in canids and equids.
Dr. Asa was recently named to the National Academy of Sciences Wild Horse and Burro Management Committee, recognizing her prior research with feral horse sterilization and contraception. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in biology and psychology and both an MS and PhD in Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology, also from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Endocrinology at Saint Louis University and Animal Behavior at Washington University in St. Louis. She has authored more than 150 publications and edited the book Wildlife Contraception: Issues, Methods, and Application.