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Wildlife Forensics

National Geographic: Petition Seeks Ban on Trade in Fake Rhino Horn

Exclusive: NGOs express concerns that cultured rhino horn undercuts existing law and imperils wild rhinos. By Laurel Neme PUBLISHED Wed Feb 10, 2016 Trade in bioengineered rhino horn shouldn’t be allowed. That’s the contention behind a petition filed today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Center for Biological Diversity, a U.S.-based group that uses science and…

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Mongabay.com: Wildlife forensics unmask poachers and traffickers

Mongabay WildTech 10th July 2015 / Laurel Neme When border agents seize two tons of smuggled ivory, how do they tell where it’s from? When meat on sale in Southeast Asia is suspected to be from a tiger, how can the police prove it? And when blood in a hunter’s truck is thought to come from a poached…

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National Geographic: A Powerful Weapon Against Ivory Smugglers: DNA Testing

 Posted by Laurel Neme in A Voice for Elephants on May 23, 2013     Hong Kong Customs seized 113 ivory tusks in a cargo shipment at Hong Kong International Airport on April 30 this year. Officers detected the ivory when they X-rayed a consignment labeled “spare parts” being shipped from Burundi, Africa to Singapore via Hong Kong. DNA analysis…

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Bird vs. Machine: How Wildlife Forensic Science Prevents Crashes

From JeffCorwinConnect.com: Laurel NemeJune 27, 2011 When US Airways Flight 1549 went down in New York’s Hudson River on that 20-degree day in January 2009, just six minutes after take-off, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles suspected the cause: a bird strike. “Hit birds,” they reported. “We lost thrust in both engines. Turning…

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Mongabay.com: Determining which birds cause airplanes to crash: an interview with a feather expert

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comSeptember 19, 2010 Marcy Heacker, a wildlife forensic scientist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Feather Identification Lab in Washington, DC, spoke with Laurel Neme on her “The WildLife” radio show and podcast about wildlife forensics, bird strikes and feather identification, and how her analyses help airports manage wildlife to enhance airline safety. She also…

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Mongabay.com: The Changing Nature of Illegal Logging – and Illegal Logging Investigations – in Brazil’s Amazon

    The changing nature of illegal logging – and illegal logging investigations – in Brazil’s Amazon By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com July 08, 2010 Continued from Top officials busted in Amazon logging raids, but political patronage may set them free   Operation Jurupari followed on several previous Brazilian Federal Police investigations into SEMA, including:…

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