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Meredith L. Gore

Associate Professor, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife, School of Criminal Justice


works not only to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance but also reduce risk to people and the environment. motived by: 1) improving conservation social science methods, 2) generating knowledge for conservation problems, and 3) enhancing concepts of risk and their application to conservation.

Current Research

Conservation criminology, community-based wildlife management

Selected Publications

  • McCarthy, S., Tambe, M., Kiekintveld, C., Gore, M L., and A. Killion. (In press). Preventing illegal logging: simultaneous optimization of resource teams and tactics for security. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Annual Conference on Artificial Intelligence.

  • Gore, M. L., Lute, M. L., Ratsimbazafy, J. H., and A. Rajaonson. (In press). Local perspectives on environmental security and its influence on illegal biodiversity exploitation. PLoSONE.

  • Rizzolo, J. B., and M. L. Gore. (In press). Culturally specific anti-poaching interventions: extending a cultural theory of risk to poaching motivations and deterrents. Crime, Law and Social Change.

  • Jager, C., Nelson, M. P., Goralnik, A., and M. L. Gore. (2016). Michigan mute swan management: A conservation ethics case study to understand contentious natural resource management issues. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(3). DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2015.1129679.

  • Gore, M. L., Ratsimbazafy, J. H., Rajaonson, A., Lewis, A., and J. S. Kahler. (2016). Public perceptions of poaching risks in a biodiversity hotspot: implications for wildlife trafficking interventions. Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security.

  • Rinkus, M.A. Dobson, T., Gore, M. L., and E. A. Dreelin, (2016). Collaboration as process: a case study of Michigan’s watershed permit. Water Policy, 18: 182-196.

Government Focus

International, Local, State

Public Service

Michigan State University Inaugural National Academies of Science Jefferson Science Fellow
Invited Member, Consultative Body, US Agency for International Development’s Reducing Opportunity for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership
Invited, External Expert Evaluator: Senior Lecturer in Natural Resource Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science
Invited, Grant Reviewer, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Co-facilitator, International Congress for the Conservation of Biology, Building Social Science Capacity for Conservation Science Workshop
Co-facilitator, Southeast Climate Science Center and University of Georgia, Communicating and using Uncertain Information in Actionable Science