UW Research

Center for Conservation Biology



Using innovative research, education and public outreach to address human impacts on threatened and endangered species around the world.

Core Services Offered

We offer a comprehensive system to study complex issues:

  • Our scent detection dog program performs field work detecting scat from a large variety of species, invasive plant species, and environmental toxins.
  • From the collected scat our laboratory offers species ID, individual ID, sex ID, and hormone analysis.
  • We work with a number of countries to identify the location of origin for seized ivory utilizing an elephant dung reference map we created. We are accurate within 300km.

Funding Information

USGS, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects, CDFW, USFW, Wildlife Conservation Network, Dawkins Charitable Trust, Johnson Family Foundation, City of Seattle, Washington State, U.S. State Department

Reporting Structure

Chair, Department of Biology

Related UW Entities

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology

External Partners

U.S. Fish and Widlife Services
USDA Forest Service
United States Geological Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Lusaka Agreement on Co-operative Enforcement