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Research Fellow, Conservation Science and Policy, University of Oxford

Dan Challender is a Research Fellow in Conservation Science and Policy in the Department of Biology, 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 pangolins and wildlife trade policy. 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 served as Chair of the group until early 2021. He now serves as CITES Focal Point for the group and is a member of the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Photo credit: Fisher Studios.