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Be Informed: Virtual Lecture Series is a virtual continuing education series hosted by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland showcasing the research and expertise of our faculty in pursuit of innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global community. A range of topics including psychology, social justice, political science, human behavior and more will be addressed. This month's talk, Interdisciplinary Intelligence Mapping of Illicit Global Environmental Change" will be presented by Dr. Meredith Gore.


THIS TALK HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED: Thursday, December 16, 2021


Interdisciplinary Intelligence Mapping of Illicit Global Environmental Change

Scientific understanding of human behavior is critical for improving humans’ ability to predict and adapt to global environmental change. 

The type of behavior that society defines or perceives as driving illicit global environmental change can be omnipresent, but we have mostly lacked an effective mechanism for thinking and talking about, and addressing, the problem. The emerging field of "conservation criminology" offers a model for understanding the types of illicit human behavior and the emotions, cognitions, and institutions that are a cause and a consequence of illicit global environmental change. 

Join Dr. Meredith Gore who will introduce key dimensions of conservation criminology and provide three widely different examples of how interdisciplinary intelligence mapping can enhance scientific understanding of illicit global environmental change. Dr. Gore will present findings from recent fieldwork:

  • Illegal rosewood logging in Madagascar’s northeastern rainforests
  • Urban wild meat trafficking into Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Sea cucumber trafficking (illegal fishing) in Yucatan, Mexico

Read more about Dr. Gore's research



Dr. Meredith Gore is a conservation social scientist. As an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, she uses risk concepts to build new understanding of human-environment relationships. Her research is designed to build evidence for action. The majority of her projects can be described as convergence research on conservation issues such as wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, fishing and mining.

Meredith received her PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, MA in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University, and BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University. From 2006-2020, she was faculty at Michigan State University. She is a National Academies of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, US Department of State Embassy Science Fellow and Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader.


Cost: FREE
Sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board.

RESCHEDULED DATE: Thursday, December 16, 2021
RVSP by 12/15/2021

For questions about the Be Informed:Virtual Lecture Series or about this specific talk, please contact Jenny Kilberg, director of alumni and donor relations at jkilberg [at] umd.edu


Meredith Gore