Ciara is responsible for the delivery of projects that support the implementation of international conventions and agreements, primarily the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). Her duties include producing technical reports, provision of scientific support for policymakers, and data management and analysis.
Ciara has a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she studied large-scale patterns of bushmeat hunting in South America as well as how to better incorporate local knowledge and attitudes into conservation plans. Prior to starting her PhD she worked as a field teacher for the RSPB, introducing school groups to Norfolk’s wetland wildlife. She has an MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation from Trinity College Dublin, and a BSc in Zoology from Edinburgh University.
Ciara produces species status reviews for the European Union Scientific Review Group, to assist with decisions relating to trade in species listed under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.
Ciara curates and updates data available on Species+ and the CITES Trade Database, which aim to provide CITES and CMS Parties with the data they need to effectively implement these international agreements.
Ciara contributes analyses and expertise to studies of wildlife trade and wild meat consumption. These aim to better understand patterns of use, and guide the maintenance and creation of effective policies that promote sustainability.