About the CLAWS Lab

The Collaborative Laboratory for Asian Wildlife Studies (CLAWS) was established in 2007 with a grant from the University of Minnesota’s International Interdisciplinary Partnership Program. The lab is led by Dr. J.L. David Smith.

The CLAWS lab is engaged in a number of long term ecological research projects and several shorter term projects that typically focus on an individual species or suite of species. Virtually all projects are pursued in conjunction with an Asian partner institution—often a government agency or university. Most projects seek to answer specific ecological and conservation questions as well as facilitate capacity-building and information sharing among partners.

Graduate Program Affiliations

Active Projects

Project Conservation-Nonprofit organization to support ongoing tiger conservation and the CLAWS lab

Participatory Tiger Conservation in Nepal

Ecology and Conservation of Tigers in Thailand

Tiger Conservation in China

Past Projects

Ecology and Conservation of Tigers in the Sunderbans of Bangladesh

Snow Leopard Conservation in Mongolia

Bangladesh Tiger Conservation: Wild Team