Linda Holcombe holds an MESc at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where her work focused on wildlife conservation and associated human dynamics. She completed her BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Marine Studies at Northeastern University and spent several years working in marine and exotic animal husbandry for aquariums and non-profits. Her work at UMass Boston will combine her dual interests in wildlife conservation and criminal justice to focus on wildlife crime and trafficking. Previously not counted as serious crime, poaching and trafficking has now entered the international spotlight as a result of its recent surge via globalization and increasing threats to national and international security. Holcombe hopes to examine illegal wildlife trade chains and identify strategies for improvement in existing approaches, protocols, and institutions.
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