Blogger Profile: Nicole Ravida

Nicole Ravida is the research coordinator for the Reproductive Physiology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Nicole began with the San Diego Zoo in 2001 as a volunteer in the Reproductive Physiology laboratory and was hired on in 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University in 2000. Nicole and her colleague are responsible for the collection and cryopreservation of gametes from San Diego Zoo Global's animals. They are also working on new protocols to be able to mature oocytes, fertilize them, and grow them to embryonic stage, in vitro.
Sperm Atlas 2.0

Sperm Atlas 2.0

We are approaching a very special anniversary in the Reproductive Physiology laboratory! In February 2014, we will be celebrating five years since the inception of the San Diego Zoo Sperm Atlas.   read more

No Scientist is an Island

No Scientist is an Island

Today I did an experiment, but it did not involve microscopes or incubators. I Googled the word “scientist” and clicked on the tab for images. What came up was no surprise to me. There were many cartoon images of Einstein-like men in white lab coats, holding bubbling potions, with crazy looks on their faces.   read more

Sensitive Subjects are My Job

Sensitive Subjects are My Job

As a laboratory researcher in the Reproductive Physiology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, I’ve learned to say, “Think of us as a fertility clinic for animals.”   read more

Creating a Sperm Atlas

Creating a Sperm Atlas

I am often collecting sperm from species I have never collected from before and sometimes from species I didn’t even know existed.   read more

Freezing Cells: Out-of-the-Box Ideas

Freezing Cells: Out-of-the-Box Ideas

On a Monday afternoon last month, my coworker Carly walked into the lab and said to me, “Acacia Animal Health Center called, and they just neutered an adult male pot-bellied pig. Do we want it?” My answer was, “Yes! I’ll pick the sperm sample up in the morning.”   read more