Meredith L. Gore is an associate professor in Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, based in East Lansing, Michigan. She has served as a U.S. Department of State Jefferson Science Fellow with the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues in Washington DC and Embassy Science Fellow with the Regional Environmental Office for East Africa in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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.