Christopher Nyce is the U.S. Department of State Regional Environment Officer for East Africa, where he leads the development of strategies and initiatives to advance US interests focused on the environment, science, technology and global health issues. He previously served with the U.S. Department of State in the U.K., Nicaragua, Malawi, Iraq, and Chile.


The illegal trade and trafficking of wild flora and fauna pose environmental risks with implications beyond species extinction and animal welfare, although those impacts are substantial. To help address the problem in Africa, the research and policy communities must work closely along a broad spectrum of fields, among them conservation and criminology.