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  • BS, Whitman College
  • PhD, University of California


Dr. Klaus-Peter Koepfli is a research scientist in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival.  His research focuses on genetics of endangered species. He and his group develop and apply state-of-the-art genomic tools to address the conservation and management of captive and wild populations of endangered species such as black-footed ferrets, sable antelope, dama gazelle, and different species of otters. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Theodosius Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics at Saint Petersburg State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia and serves on the council of the Genome 10K Consortium, which aims to generate and assemble the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species.