About this speaker
Patricia began tackling the issue of cheetah trafficking in November of 2005, when she was working as the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)’s assistant director for strategic communications. In 2019 she joined Colorado State University (CSU)’s Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) as their Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Research Assistant. Over the years, she has represented CCF and CSU before CITES as well as other international organizations including INTERPOL. Patricia's publications include a dataset on illegal cheetah trade incidents; the broadest of any species. Her research into live cheetah trafficking for the illegal pet trade in various Middle East countries has led her to broaden her work to support experts researching other frequently trafficked species, such as great apes and other big cats. In 2019, Patricia also joined the team of investigators at the Alliance to Counter Crime Online (ACCO), an organization working to combat the proliferation of various types of crimes on the internet.