Shannon Noelle Rivera
• Focused on the Intersections of Conservation •
Shannon Noelle Rivera is a project and research consultant based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, largely focused on the importance of intersections within conservation practice.
Shannon's current research focuses on the illegal wildlife trade, specifically examining barriers to the proper treatment of confiscated live animals. With this research, Shannon was awarded the Society for Conservation Biology Graduate Research Fellowship and completed her Master of Science in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law in September 2018 with the University of Winchester.
At the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Shannon received two B.A.s in Environmental Studies and Gender and Conflict Resolution, respectively, with minors in Zoology, Peace Studies and Dance. Her undergraduate research was supported through the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Ecology Lab within the Natural Resource and Environmental Management Department and examined barriers to assisted colonization for climate sensitive species.
In Hawaiʻi, Shannon works in urban forestry with the nonprofit, Smart Trees Pacific, and the state’s Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry program; Division of Forestry and Wildlife, where she works to build urban forestry capacity throughout the state and Pacific region. Shannon coordinates the Citizen Forester Program, a citizen science initiative that is systematically inventorying our stateʻs urban trees.
Focused on conservation, Shannon is a founding and current board member of Hawaii’s Society for Conservation Biology Chapter, sits on Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance’s Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Next-Gen Committee, and is an elected board member for the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania region encompassing Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Australasia since 2017.
• University of Winchester, 2018
Master of Science, Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law,
•University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, 2016
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Arts, Gender & Conflict Resolution
Zoology Minor | Dance Minor
Peace Studies Certification
•University of California, San Diego, 2012
Fundraising and Non-Profit Development Program
•University of Buenos Aires, 2011
Spanish and Dance