Conservation Canines Staff

Program Coordinator

Heath Smith

Program Coordinator with Gator his blue heeler

Heath Smith

Heath received his B.Sc. from the University of Tennessee in 1996. He began working as a dog handler and orienteer with the Center for Conservation Biology in 2001. Heath now serves as the Program Coordinator for the Center’s Conservation Canine program. Heath is the primary dog trainer and handler for the Center, where he works alongside his best bud, Gator.


Canine Handlers

Elizabeth Seely

Canine handler with Scooby, a Conservation Canine

Elizabeth Seely

Elizabeth Seely received her B.Sc from the University of Washington in 2007 with a major in Physiology and a minor in Aquatic Sciences and Law, Society and Justice. She began with Conservation Canines in 2008 as an orienteer for the oil sands study in Alberta, Canada. She currently is a CK9 handler for the CCB and works along side many of the CK9s on a variety of studies from northern spotted owls to southern resident killer whales with Tucker.


Jennifer Hartman

Canine handler with Max, a Conservation Canine

Jennifer Hartman

Jennifer Hartman received her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 with a degree in English Lit. and History minor. She pursued her love of nature and conservation as an intern with the CCB’s Spotted Owl project from 2006-2008. She became a dog handler for the Center’s Conservation Canine Program in 2009, where she conducts research alongside her two best CK9 friends, Max and Scooby.


Julianne Ubigau

Canine handler with Casey, a Conservation Canine

Julianne Ubigau

Julianne Ubigau received a B.Sc. from Washington State University in 2005 with a degree in Animal Sciences and a MIT in secondary sciences at Saint Martin’s University in 2010. She joined the program in 2006 as a dog handler on the oil sands study in Alberta Canada and has since been an active member of the crew with her favorite sidekicks Sampson and little Casey. When not in the field, you can find Julianne in the classroom as a middle school and high school science teacher.


Gavin Cotterill

handler and black lab in snow

Gavin Cotterill

Gavin received his B.Sc from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a major in wildlife biology. After a couple of field seasons conducting bird and mountain lion research, Gavin joined the crew for the 2013 Alberta oil sands project. When not on studies he works at the kennel, keeping the CK9s happy, healthy and ready to work.


Suzie Marlow

ck9 handler suzie with blue heeler pips playing ball

Suzie Marlow

Suzie studied biology at Penn State and became interested in marine biology. While working as a wildlife technician with Kemps Ridleys sea turtles, she fostered a beautiful black lab. He convinced her to head to the mountains and find a wildlife conservation job that would allow a canine companion. Suzie started with Conservation Canines as a volunteer on the Oregon fisher study and immediately loved hiking with her newly acquainted canine co-workers. Since then, she has worked for the Alberta Oil Sands project with CK9 Captain and various mustelid projects across the United States with CK9 Pips.

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