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UW Summer Lecture Series at AMK Ranch Begins Thursday

June 16, 2016
man outside sitting with large dog beside him
Pete Coppolillo, the executive director of Working Dogs for Conservation, is the first speaker of the Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, June 23, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Center. (Pete Coppolillo Photo)

Pete Coppolillo, the executive director of Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C), is the first speaker of the Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, June 23, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Coppolillo will discuss “Conservation's best friend: How a bunch of shelter dogs are saving the world” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Formerly called the AMK Ranch Talk Series, the program is named after retired UW Department of Zoology and Physiology Professor Hank Harlow. Since 1993, he has been an effective ambassador for UW, helping make the UW-NPS Research Center in Grand Teton National Park a significant center for research and community outreach. Harlow began the popular weekly public seminars during the summer months.

WD4C, a Bozeman, Mont.-based nonprofit organization, is the world's leading conservation detection dog organization. Working on four continents, WD4C dogs protect threatened, endangered and elusive species; stop poaching and wildlife trafficking; and prevent the spread of invasive species.

For more information about WD4C, visit

Coppolillo has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society for 10 years, first at the New York headquarters and then as part of the Africa and North America programs. He has studied North American ferruginous hawks, avian community ecology in Kenya, and large herbivore ecology and herding systems in Tanzania. He has helped plan and carry out conservation strategies in Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina, Congo, Cambodia, Tanzania and the United States.

He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in biology and environmental conservation from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California-Davis. His publications have appeared in Conservation Biology, Biological Conservation, PLOS (Public Library of Science), Human Ecology, Landscape and Urban Planning, Landscape Ecology and Science. Coppolillo is co-author of the book “Conservation: Linking Ecology, Economics and Culture.”

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

For more information about the Harlow Summer Seminars, contact Michael Dillon at (307) 543-2463 or

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