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Salutations! (Woof)

Welcome to the web site for Detection Dogs for Ecological Research or "EcoDogs".

Charm Charm waits for her reward after locating invasive root fungus.

EcoDogs is a collaborative partnership among individuals at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Canine and Detection Research Institute, the Animal Health and Performance Program, the Veterinary Sports Medicine Program, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, all at Auburn University. The purpose of the project is to train detection dogs to find plant and animal species, or their sign, in the field for the benefit of ecological research, management, or conservation.

To learn more about the people (and dogs) involved in the partnership, see About Us.

For information on what our detection dogs can be used to search for and how you can take advantage of our dogs, see our list of Services.

To see information on targets our dogs have searched for, and what we learned from those searches, take look at our Projects page.

For a list of scientific publications on the use of detection dogs in ecology, visit our Library.

For answers to the most common questions, check out our FAQ or Contact Us



Check back often for updates on what's going on at EcoDogs

Jan 17th, 2013 - Haven't updated for a while. EcoDogs will soon be traveling back to the Everglades to search for Florida Bonneted bats

March 1st - Fox News has put together a story (here's another) on the EcoDogs and aired the story live around noon.

Feb 15, 2011 - We have finally issued a press release about the python dogs! Follow up stories include,, National Geographic, and, as well as too many local newspapers to report here!

October 30, 2011 - Posting kind of late, but a new article about the EcoDogs has been published in the Auburn Family

October 21, 2011 - EcoDogs just started a project sampling for black bears north of Mobile. During the first 4 days, 2 teams found 54 bear scats!

October 5th, 2011 - Lori Eckhardt has written an article for Silviculture magazine detailing the work that the Fungus dogs are doing.

Sept. 15th, 2011 - I've put together an article on detection dogs in ecological research for the Alabama Wildlife Magazine. The article is in the Summer 2011 issue (sorry no link).

July 27, 2011 - The EcoDogs program made the cover of the The Corner News, a local newspaper in Auburn

July 14, 2011 - Another article about the fungus-sniffing EcoDogs, this time in the Auburn Plainsman

July 11, 2011 - More press about our fungus-sniffing Ecodogs: WLTZ channel 38 in Columbus and the Andalusia Star News

July 8, 2011 - The EcoDogs were on the TV news again last night, along with Dr. Lori Eckhardt. WRBL channel 3 out of Columbus, GA covered Charm and Opie's ability to find invasive root fungus.

June 30, 2011 - Auburn University has issued a press release about Charm and Opie, our fungus detection dogs, and the story has been picked up by The Birmingham News online.

A brief story about the EcoDogs has appeared in the August 2011 issue of Dog Fancy magazine. Next time you're waiting in the grocery line, 'check out' page 14!

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© Todd Steury, 2010