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Research Fellow, University of Oxford

Dan Challender is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. He is an interdisciplinary conservation scientist interested in wildlife trade and use, its sustainability, governance and economics, and has a particular interest in pangolins and their conservation. His Ph.D. focused on reforming international wildlife trade interventions in CITES, and his current research focuses on understanding consumer demand for pangolin products in Vietnam, evaluating the feasibility of pangolin farming, investigating online trade in pangolin products, and improving processes in CITES. Prior to joining the University of Oxford in 2018, Dan worked for IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, where he coordinated IUCN’s contributions to CITES meetings and inter-sessional activities. In 2012, Dan re-formed the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group and has since served as Chair of the group, in which role he is responsible for directing the group’s activities and coordinating its 130 members from 35 countries.


  • –present
    Oxford Martin Fellow, University of Oxford
  • 2014–2018
    Programme Officer, IUCN


  • 2015 
    University of Kent, Ph.D.