UCO has temporarily shifted most in-person classes to synchronous virtual delivery through Jan. 31. Campus facilities and services will remain open and offer in-person and virtual options. COVID-19 protocols remain in place. Masks are required on campus when around others. Students, faculty and staff who are directly exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should fill out UCO's COVID-19 Self-Reporting form. To learn more about current operations, view the university's coronavirus webpage.
Center for Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Studies
The UCO Center for Wildlife Forensics and Conservation Studies (CFACS) is focused on issues of environmental conservation and wildlife protection. The Center is a cooperative, multi-disciplinary partnership between the W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute (FSI) and the UCO College of Mathematics & Science. CFACS members include faculty who represent a wide array of expertise ranging from wildlife biology, ecology, genetics, forensic science, criminal justice and other disciplines.
- Collaboration with local, state, and national agencies to assess needs in the field and promote research to address those needs;
- Liaison with local and national companies to create new, and improve existing forensic techniques and equipment related to wildlife forensic investigations;
- Ethical researchers motivated to confront the complex issues created by the interactions of modern society and nature;
- Hypothesis driven research that promotes problem-solving, technical, and analytical skills;
- Enhancement of conservation education at both the university and community levels;
- Recruitment and retention of UCO undergraduate and graduate students through consolidated opportunities in ecology, environmental conservation, field biology and wildlife forensic sciences;
- Support for existing STEM, STLR and Transformative Learning initiatives; and,
- Community outreach.