She specializes in bringing together diverse perspectives — from farmers and indigenous groups to high-level policymakers — to create positive solutions that protect wildlife while improving the livelihoods of those living near the animals.
Dr. Laurel Neme has camped in the Kalahari, investigated walrus carcasses on Alaska's Bering Sea beaches, and gotten lost in the Amazon jungle with the Brazilian Federal Police--all in pursuit of knowledge and a better story. She is the author of ANIMAL INVESTIGATORS: How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species, a "CSI for wildlife" that has been featured on ABC News Nightline, C-SPAN and NPR's Science Friday. She is a contributor to National Geographic, and also hosts "The WildLife," a weekly radio show that explores the mysteries of the animal world through interviews with scientists and other wildlife investigators.
Laurel is working on a second adult non-fiction book and is awaiting publication of her first picture book "with a purpose," Orangutan Houdini (2014, Bunker Hill Publishing). She also writes regularly for Mongabay.com and reports for Earth Negotiations Bulletin, where she covers the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
She enjoys public speaking and has addressed a range of public and professional groups, including Interpol's Wildlife Crime Working Group, the St. Louis Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History and various universities. Her writing and speaking builds on more than a decade of experience as a consultant working in over a dozen African countries, where she's been feted with chickens by villagers and shared stories with rangers on the frontline of wildlife poaching. She continues to consult on wildlife and natural resource management and serves as a Fellow at the University of Vermont's Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS). Perhaps because she holds a Master's degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a PhD in public and international affairs from Princeton University, she has a special place in her heart for wolverines and tigers.
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