Oliver’s work with the Species Programme focuses on species-related Conventions and Agreements including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the European Union (EU) Wildlife Trade Regulations. This includes processing data, undertaking trade data analyses and the production of species reviews in respect to international trade.
Oliver’s background is in scientific research, with a particular focus on macroecology, biogeography and conservation science. His research has focused on elucidating trends in reptile spatial diversity and understanding their underlying mechanisms. He has a PhD in zoology from Tel Aviv University, where he assessed global reptile extinction biases, and species richness and evolutionary diversification within Australia and New Guinea. Oliver also holds a Masters of Research in ecology, evolution and conservation from Imperial College London and an undergraduate degree in zoology from Swansea University.
Oliver contributes to reviews of the status of species subject to international trade to support decision-making by CITES and EU Member States in relation to the sustainability of trade.
Oliver role includes updating information in the Species+ database and the production of species status reviews and trade analyses for species assessments and other trade reports. Species reviews assist with decision-making on matters relating to international trade in species listed under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.