Director, Conservation Biology, University of Washington
Dr. Samuel Wasser holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Washington, where he is a Professor in the Department of Biology and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology.
He is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer of non-invasive wildlife monitoring methods, including genetic, endocrine, toxicology and detection dog techniques for wildlife monitoring, as well as genetic methods to track the origin of poached African elephant ivory.
Dr. Wasser has worked on wildlife-related issues in Africa since 1973 and has a broad understanding of wildlife conservation, management and trafficking issues in Africa and Asia. The forensic genetic tools he developed are widely used to identify the source populations subject to large scale wildlife poaching, the number and connectivity of major traffickers moving large amounts of wildlife contraband out of Africa, and the strategies major transnational organized crime syndicates use to acquire and move contraband. The application of these tools have led to key collaborations with the International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime, The Task Force on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, USFWS, US Department of State and numerous source and transit countries throughout Africa and Asia.