Welcome to the web site for Detection
Dogs for Ecological Research or "EcoDogs".
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
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
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
To see information on targets our dogs have
searched for, and what we learned from those searches, take look
For a list of scientific publications on the
use of detection dogs in ecology, visit our
For answers to the most common questions,
check out our
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
Florida Bonneted bats
March 1st -
Fox News has put together a story (here's
another) on the EcoDogs and
the story live around noon.
Feb 15, 2011 - We have finally issued a
press release about the python dogs! Follow up stories
National Geographic, and
examiner.com, as well as too many local newspapers to report
October 30, 2011 - Posting kind of late, but
a new article about the EcoDogs has been published in the
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
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
July 11, 2011 - More press about our
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
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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