Renowned conservation biologist to discuss elephant poaching

Samuel WasserSamuel Wasser, director of the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, will speak about elephant poaching on Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall, at Linfield College.

The talk will be live streamed:

The lecture kicks off this year’s campus-wide theme for the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE), “Air, Water, Earth and Fire: The Ancient Elements on a Changing Planet.”

Wasser will present “Where Are All the Elephant-Poaching Hot Spots in Africa and What Should We Do About Them?” He is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of non-invasive wildlife monitoring methods, including the genetic, endocrine, toxicology and detection dog techniques used by the Center. His groundbreaking work in noninvasive environmental monitoring and wildlife forensics is internationally respected among scientists, environmental activists, and government and nongovernment wildlife managers alike.

After obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1981, Wasser received consecutive Career Development Awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2001, he was awarded the endowed chair in conservation biology by the University of Washington Board of Regents. Wasser has participated in a number of conservation programs throughout Africa, South and North America, and Southeast Asia, in collaboration with state, federal and international organizations.

The lecture is sponsored by the Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement and Hearst Foundations. For more information, contact 503-883-2481,