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UW Today
November 6, 2012

UW’s Sam Wasser, the university’s Conservation Canine’s program and the energy firm Statoil Canada have received the Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Technology and Innovation Award for the province of Alberta. The award is from the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation.

Wasser, professor of biology, conducted a study using the conservation canines to find scat samples from caribou, moose and wolf during winter oil exploration programs in northern Alberta where oil sands, or tar sands, are found. The project, sponsored by Statoil, investigated the influences of wolf predation, habitat fragmentation and human use on caribou and moose stress and nutrition.