Shannon Noelle Rivera
Focused on the Intersections of Conservation
Shannon Noelle Rivera is a conservation scientist, wildlife crime researcher, and environmental consultant largely focused on international conservation and the importance of intersections within conservation practice, including addressing animal welfare issues, identifying gender-sensitive strategies, exploring under-prioritized areas of the illegal wildlife trade, and pursuing innovative M&E approaches for conservation effectiveness
With a focus on international conservation, Shannon has worked on all seven continents on various conservation initiatives alongside NGOs, IGOS, governmental agencies, and private contractors.
Most recently, Shannon has served as a technical expert with USFWS Division of International Conservation, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Wildlife Crime Research Unit, and US Forest Service.
• United Nations Institute for Training & Research | Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2022
Master's in International Affairs & Diplomacy
• University of Winchester, 2018
Master of Science, Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law, with Distinction
Thesis: Surviving the Wildlife Trade in Southeast Asia: Reforming the ‘Disposal’ of Confiscated Live Animals under CITES.
•University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, 2016
Bachelor's in Environmental Studies
Bachelor's in 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