Center for Conservation Biology

“Using innovative research, education and public outreach to address human impacts on threatened and endangered species around the world.” – Dr. Sam Wasser, Director

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Group of adult elephants inspecting a tusk from poached elephant

Elephant Ivory Tracking

How we use DNA forensics to combat the illegal elephant ivory trade.
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Three adult and one juvenile African elephants walk together through grassy plains

Effects of poaching

Long-term impacts of poaching on elephants in Tanzania.
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Black lab in snow

Conservation Canines

Scat detection dogs work with threatened and endangered wildlife all over the world.
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Two killer whales sticking heads out of water (i.e. a spy hop)

Killer whale decline

Our research on the decline of southern resident killer whales.
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Close-up of a caribou, a deer-like animal with large antlers

Impacts of oil exploration

How we monitor impacts of oil exploration on the caribou, moose and wolf in NE Alberta.
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Close-up of a northern spotted owl, looking at camera

Northern spotted owl

Why we use detection dogs to survey for owls.
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Fisher (weasel-like animal) hiding amongst fallen tree limbs

Monitoring fisher populations

Use of scat detection dogs to monitor this elusive, threatened species.
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sunda pangolin on a branch

USAID Tech Challenge

How we are using genetics to track pangolin poaching.
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Jaguar perched on tree limb, staring at camera

Impacts of agricultural expansion

Monitoring effects of wild land conversion on wide-ranging mammals of the Brazilian Cerrado.
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About us

Human population growth and consumption are placing ever-increasing demands on the environment. Monitoring these impacts requires reliable and accessible measures of wildlife abundance, distribution and physiological health, collected over large landscapes. The Center for Conservation Biology’s mission is to develop and apply such noninvasive field, lab and analytical methods to address pressing conservation problems worldwide.

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Contacts Us

Center for Conservation Biology
Box 351800
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1800


Phone: 206-543-1669
Fax: 206-616-2011

Conservation Canines
Phone: 206-745-2460

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