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Ciara Stafford

Associate Programme Officer | Species

Ciara’s work with the Species Programme focusses on supporting the implementation of species-related Conventions and Agreements, with particular emphasis on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. This includes the production of analyses and assessments of species subject to international trade.

Previous experience & expertise

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.