C4ADS Attends CITES CoP17

C4ADS’ Environmental Crimes Fusion Cell Lead Analysts were honored to participate in the CITES CoP17 in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 24th to October 5th, 2016. While there, C4ADS also held a side event, “Combatting the Illegal Ivory Trade through DNA, Isotope, and Network Analysis” and spoke on a forensics panel at INTERPOL’s Wildlife Crime Working Group meeting with Samuel Wasser and Thure Cerling. C4ADS’ Mary Utermohlen presented on a large network of traffickers moving ivory between Africa and Asia compiled through C4ADS’ open source analysis of official documentation, highlighting how DNA and isotope analysis can be used to support network analysis and link previously unconnected ivory seizures.