Laurel Neme

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Laurel Neme is an American consultant in environmental and wildlife policy and natural resource management. She is the author of the book Animal Investigators: How the World's First Wildlife Forensics Lab Is Solving Crimes and Saving Endangered Species.[1] She has worked as a consultant for the United States Treasury Department, the World Bank, bilateral donors such as USAID, and non-governmental organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund.[2]


Her book Animal Investigators describes the work of the Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, which investigates crimes against wildlife. It is described as "a CSI for wildlife," the first and only crime lab of its kind.[3] She has appeared on numerous radio[4] and television shows to talk about the emerging science of animal forensics and the $20 billion worldwide business of smuggling wildlife and wild animal parts. Time magazine also interviewed her about the wildlife black market and the attempts to investigate and stop it.[5]

Neme works as a writer/editor for Earth Negotiations Bulletin, a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services, that covers major international environmental negotiations and meetings, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). She has also published numerous documents, ranging from Annual Reports to Congress for the United States Treasury Department to government technical reports for USAID and other organizations such as Nature Conservancy, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Rainforest Action Network.[6] She has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Modern African Studies and more popular online venues such as her own blog and other independent sites, including the online conservation publication Mongabay.[7]


She holds a Ph.D. in international and public affairs from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Policy and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.


She is the host of the radio program The Wildlife in Burlington, Vermont.[8][9]


  1. ^ Neme, Laurel A., Animal Investigators, Simon & Schuster, 2009
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Vermont Public Radio, April 17, 2009
  4. ^ NPR, May 1, 2009
  5. ^ Time Magazine, April 17, 2009
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