Research Labs

The Endangered Species Lab

Silver-bordered Fritillary

[photo of silver-bordered fritillary by Fred Butler]

The Endangered Species Lab at Washington State University is comprised of faculty, students, and collaborators who are dedicated to working on the science of conserving threatened and endangered species and natural biological diversity in all it forms. Species and groups currently under study include Greater sage-grouse, Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, Northern Leopard frog, and endangered butterflies of the Pacific Northwest.

Northern Leopard Frog Tadpoles

[photo of northern leopard frog tadpoles in outdoor rearing tanks at WSU.]

The Amphibian Conservation Project at the E.H. Steffen Ecology Center, focuses research on the captive propagation and restoration of endangered and declining amphibian species. In 2006, we began a captive-rearing project for state-endangered northern leopard frogs (Rana pipiens) from Washington, because field studies indicated that the last remaining population might be declining.

In spring, 2007, we will attempt to breed leopard frogs in captivity and conduct initial pilot-scale experiments on rearing egg masses in wetlands targeted for restoration activites, as well as head-starting tadpoles in these wetlands. The Amphibian Conservation Project is also building research capacity for a variety of other amphibian species of concern, such as the Columbia Spotted frog (Rana pretiosa).

If you are interested in endangered species or amphibian and wetland ecology and restoration, and would like to help with the development of these projects, contact us for more information: Dr. Rod Sayler (r d s a y l e r @ w s u . e d u)

Washington State University Bear Research, Education and Conservation Program

lynne and charlie

The WSU bear program is the only research facility of its kind in the world, devoted to maintaining a captive population of grizzly bears to support research and education to improve the science for the conservation of wild bears. For more information, contact the Director, Dr. Charles T. Robbins or visit the web site: (WSU Bear Program).

Large Carnivore Conservation Lab

Hilary Cooley

The Large Carnivore Conservation Lab is an academic research unit that conducts field research on the ecology of large carnivores and their prey. We specialize on sensitive, threatened, and endangered large mammals and the ecosystems in which they reside. Some typical species that we study include grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, lynx, and their prey, mountaina caribou, mule deer, white-tailed deer, and snowshoe hares. For more information, contact the Director, Dr. Robert Wielgus or visit the web site (Large Carnivore Lab). [photo: Graduate student, Hilary Cooley, holding radio-collared cougar kitten]

Wild Ungulate Facility

Mule Deer

The Wild Ungulate Facility supports a captive mule deer heard in a new 8-acre research facility dedicated to studying the ecology of declining mule deer in the western U.S. The facility sponsors a variety of research related to the nutritional and habitat ecology of ungulates and other wildlife species with the goal of better understanding the conservation of biological diversity. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Shipley or visit the web site (Wild Ungulate Facility). [photo: Undergraduate Becca Ogden feeding mule deer.]

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