Book Cover to ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS, Paperback Edition, by Laurel Neme, PhD

ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS, How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species
By Laurel A. Neme, PhD

Laurel Neme on Facebook


Listen to Laurel Neme every Monday from 1:00-2:00 pm EST on WOMM-LP, The Radiator, 105.9 FM in Burlington, VT

Lake Champlain Land Trust Logo

Podcasts, interviews, articles, and photos from the show can be found here. You can also download podcasts via iTunes or

The WildLife: Carbofuran impacts and forensic considerations, Ngaio Richards PDF Print E-mail
The WildLife on WOMM-LP
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 16:04
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Carbofuran was developed in the 1960s to replace more persistent pesticides such as DDT. Since then it has repeatedly been implicated in the mass mortality of nontarget wildlife, especially avian species. Conservationists worldwide have sought to regulate or ban the use of carbofuran for decades. However, this controversial product remains registered for use in a number of developed and developing nations. Its use in the United States has fueld an ongoing regulatory battle between the US Environmental Protection Agency and various lobby groups. Several significant obstacles, including flawed field study designs, lack of analytical capacity and a dearth of forensic evidence to support anecdotal reports have all contributed to carbofuran's remarkable staying power.

This presentation on carbofuran was made by Ngaio Richards at the Society of Wildlife Forensic Science's first triennial meeting in May 2012. It highlights key points and advances from the recently published book, Carbofuran and Wildlife Poisoning: Global Perspectives and Forensic Approaches.

Ngaio Richards is a Canine Field Specialist with Working Dogs for Conservation. She is a forensic ecologist and conservationist ans has authored numerous papers on wildlife monitoring and conservation.

North 100 Design, Moretown VT