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

Conservation Canines

Conservation Canines

Scat detection dogs work with threatened and endangered wildlife all over the world

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Dogs, Cats and Scats

Dogs, Cats and Scats

Click here to learn more about the Center for Conservation Biology's work with Jaguars! Every donation will help save jaguars, one scat at a time!

Tracking poached ivory

Tracking poached ivory

How we use DNA forensics to combat the illegal elephant ivory trade.

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Effects of poaching

Effects of poaching

Long-term impacts of poaching on elephants in Tanzania.

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Killer whale decline

Killer whale decline

Our research on the decline of southern resident killer whales.

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Impacts of oil exploration

Impacts of oil exploration

How we monitor impacts of oil exploration on the caribou, moose and wolf in NE Alberta.

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Northern spotted owl

Northern spotted owl

Why we use detection dogs to survey for owls.

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Monitoring fisher populations

Monitoring fisher populations

Use of scat detection dogs to monitor this elusive, threatened species.

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Grizzly bears in Jasper

Grizzly bears in Jasper

Impacts of human disturbance on bears in Jasper National Park.

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Impacts of agricultural expansion

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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