Center for Conservation Biology

Laboratory Staff and Students

Lab Manager

Rebecca Booth in lab coat

Rebecca Booth

Rebecca Nelson Booth conducts hormone and DNA analyses on the wide variety of animal species studied by the CCB since 2003. She is dedicated to combining her love and passion for wildlife and the environment with lab techniques and experiments that facilitate conservation.

Laboratory Research Scientists


Misa Winters in lab coat

Misa Winters

Misa became part of the ivory team in 2014 and now acts as our project manager and resident methods guru. She received her MS in Zoology from Washington State University and applies her 4 years of ancient DNA experience (Kemp lab of Molecular Anthropology and Ancient DNA) to continue optimizing our DNA retrieval from scat and ivory. She often helps with CCB collaborators to conduct DNA analysis on other low-template materials such as antlers, ancient teeth, hair, skin, and pelts. Misa has a huge love for all animals and enjoys being part of the CCB’s mission to apply non-invasive forensic methods to the illegal wildlife trade and ecological research.



 Yves Hoareau in lab coat

 Yves Hoareau

Currently working on the ivory tracking project, Yves is passionate about nature and wants to dedicate his career to wildlife preservation. Yves originates from France where he studied Biodiversity, Ecology, Ethology, Evolution, Genetics, Population Biology, and Programming. Attracted by the wonders of the Rockies, he came to the U.S to work at the University of Montana on numerous conservation subjects. Yves is now part of the team, sharing his diverse experiences to further help Wildlife conservation.




Ellie Reese in lab coat

Ellie Reese

Ellie joined the CCB team in 2016 and works on the ivory tracking project and the NE Washington carnivore diet study. A Washington state native, she received her MS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego before returning to her home in the pacific northwest. Prior to joining the Center for Conservation Biology, she studied the ecology of desert insects and described six species of beetles. She has a long-held passion for wildlife and the outdoors and is happy to use her skills to contribute to the preservation of endangered species.

Administrative Support Staff

Keely Wolfram in front of building

Keely Wolfram

After a career in the private sector, Keely joined CCB in early 2017. Having served as board president of Nature Consortium for 4 years, she is familiar with the needs of a non-profit and enjoys the inner workings of UW. Her role as Program Operations Specialists enlists her love of organization and structure, ensuring staff and projects are always moving forward.


Post Doctorate


Jennifer White Day in front of trees

 Jennifer Mae White Day, PhD

Jennifer earned her PhD at CCB researching landscape genetic patterns of jaguar and puma in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. She is interested in quantifying the relationship between geographic characteristics and spatially explicit genetic information. Her research focused on wide-ranging carnivore species, such as the jaguar and puma, in patchy environments. Her dissertation work will be applicable to many other wildlife species faced with human encroachment on natural habitats.

Jennifer MW Day Curriculum Vitae and Dependable Strengths

 Graduate Students

Yue Shi with ocean behind

Yue Shi

Yue Shi is a PhD candidate in Biology advised by Dr. Samuel K. Wasser. The annual migration of Chiru (Pantholops hodgsonii) from their winter ranges to traditional birthing grounds is one of the earth’s ecological spectacles. To better understand it, during their migration season Ms. Shi collects Chiru fecal samples, from which she obtains genetic, hormonal and microbiome information, resulting in a rich dataset that sheds light on how migration may be the key to genetic resilience in the face of dramatic population decline and how natural history, physical constraints and the environment interact to shape female reproductive behavior.




Kim-Hyeon Jeong in front of trees


Hyeon Jeong Kim

Hyeon Jeong (HJ) Kim is a graduate student working towards developing a genetic
tool to track the illegal poaching of pangolins. She is interested in expanding and applying
the genetic and statistical techniques currently used for ivory origin assignment to help locate the source of poaching for species of pangolins world-wide. Her research will include identifying a set of genetic markers (SNPs) for population assignment tests, creating a genetic reference map of pangolin populations, and developing field methods for scientific sampling of poached pangolin seizures.

Current Undergrad Lab Volunteers

Sammie Cheung ’21, Gwen Ellis ’21, AJ Kruse


CCB Alumni