Katarzyna Nowak has 10 years of experience in wildlife conservation, primarily in Tanzania and South Africa in both the academic and NGO sectors. She is a research associate in Zoology at the University of the Free State, Qwaqwa, South Africa and a 2016-2017 AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She is a scientific advisor to the Southern Tanzania Elephant Program, and writes about wildlife trade issues for a variety of media outlets including National Geographic.

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As the American biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson said, “the worst part of ongoing planetary despoliation is biodiversity loss.”1 The term biodiversity refers to the variety of life on Earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and the ecological and evolutionary processes that sustain it. Biodiversity includes not only …

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