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.