Probabilistic Methods to Infer Structure and Dynamics of Illicit Wildlife Trade Networks

Research Overview

Drs. Neil Carter (School for Environment and Sustainability) and Abigail Jacobs (School of Information) combine multiple data sources to identify patterns of illicit trade of turtles and pangolins native to Pakistan. They will analyze these animals’ habitats and populations, poaching intensity, trade patterns, and underlying trade networks. They will also determine how the illicit trade network changes in response to shifts in regulation and enforcement, ecological dynamics, market demand, and institutional actors.

Research Team

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor, School for Environment and Sustainability

Abigail Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information, and Assistant Professor of Complex Systems, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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