Center for Conservation Biology

Staff and Students

Lab Manager

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Ada Kaliszewska, PhD



Laboratory Research Scientists


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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.






Kin-Lan Han

Kin-Lan Han



Conservation Canines Staff


Education and Outreach Coordinator

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 Julianne Ubigau

Julie not only works as a handler for CK9 but also developed our Education program through her experience as a Science on Wheels and secondary science teacher. Just as she has a knack for getting dogs to trust her, she is able to use that knack to walk into a new classroom and have the students enthralled by her every word. She’s been an integral part of CK9 since she started in 2006 having taken on some of CK9’s more exploratory projects and making them a success.

Administrative Support Staff


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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.


 Graduate Students

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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.




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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 Assistants

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


CCB Alumni