Center for Conservation Biology

Conservation Canines staff

Program Coordinator

Heath Smith, CK9 Program Coordinator

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 a number of our Conservation Canines including Alli, Pips, Jack and Captain.


Canine Handlers

Canine handler with Scooby, a Conservation Canine

Elizabeth Seely

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, CK9 Handler

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.


Julie Ubigau, CK9 handler

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.


Suzie Marlow, CK9 handler

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 in Alberta with CK9 Captain and various projects across the United States with CK9 Pips.


Conservation Canines

Caleb Stanek

Caleb began working for Conservation Canines in 2013 on our Alberta Oil Sands Study. Since then he has worked on many projects from fishers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California to Grizzly bears in Jasper National Park, Alberta to pine martens on the Oregon Coast. He quickly became a valuable team member and happily works beside many of our scat detection dogs including Chester and Captain.