Dr Dan Challender

Research Interests

Dan Challender joined the Department of Zoology, and specifically the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), in April 2018 as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Oxford Martin School Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade project, ‘Exploring the effective use of celebrities in wildlife demand reduction: changing perceptions of pangolins in Vietnam.’ He completed his PhD, ‘Reforming international wildlife trade interventions in CITES’, at DICE, University of Kent, UK. He subsequently joined IUCN’s Global Species Programme to lead the organisation’s contribution to CITES and broader illegal wildlife trade work, prior to joining the University of Oxford. He has a particular interest in pangolins and their conservation and is Chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group.

Selected Publications

Challender, DWS., Hinsley, A., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2019). Inadequacies in establishing CITES trade bans. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 17 (4), 199-200.

Challender, DWS., Hoffmann, M., Hoffmann, R., Scott, J., Robinson, J., Cremona, P., Hilton-Taylor, C., Jenkins, RKB., Malsch, K., Conde, D., de Meulenaer, T. (2019). Criteria for CITES species protection. Science 364 (6437), 247-248. 

Di Minin, E., Brooks, T., Toivonen, T., Butchart, S., Heikinheimo, V., Watson, JEM., Balmford, A., Challender, DWS., Goettsch, B., Jenkins, R., Moilanen, A. (2019). Priority regions for responses to unsustainable commercial species harvesting. Science Advances 5 (4), eaau2879.

Ingram, D.J., Cronin, D.T., Challender, DWS., Venditti, DM., Gonder, MK. (2019). Characterising trafficking and trade of pangolins in the Gulf of Guinea. Global Ecology and Conservatione00675.

Willcox, D., Nash, H., Trageser, S., Kim, HJ., Hywood, L., Connelly, E., Ichu, IG., Moumbolou, CLM., Ingram, D., Challender, DWS. (2019). Evaluating methods for the detection and ecological monitoring of pangolins (Pholidota: Manidae) Global Ecology and Conservatione00539.

Yang, L., Chen, M., Challender, DWS., Waterman, C., Zhang, C., Hou, Z., Liu, H., Luan, X. (2018). Historical data for conservation: reconstructing long-term range changes of Chinese pangolin (Manis pentadactyla) in eastern China (1970-2016). Proceedings of the Royal Society B https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1084.

Mambeya, MM., Baker, F., Momboua, BR., Pambo, AFK., Hega, M., Okouyi, VJO., Onanga, M., Challender, DWS., Ingram, DJ., Hongyan, W., Abernethy, K. (2018). The Emergence of a Commercial trade in Pangolins from Gabon. Journal of African Ecology (1) 1-9.

Biggs, D., Cooney, R., Roe, D., Dublin, H., Allan, JR., Challender, DWS., Skinner, D. (2017). Developing a theory of change for a community-based response to illegal wildlife trade. Conservation Biology 31 (1) 5-12.

Cooney, R., Roe, D., Dublin, H., Phelps, J., Wilkie, D., Keane, A., Travers, H., Skinner, D., Challender, DWS., Allan, JR., Biggs, D. (2017). From poachers to protectors: engaging local communities in solutions to illegal wildlife trade. Conservation Letters 10 (3) 367-374. 

Shairp, R., Veríssimo, D., Fraser, I., Challender, DWS., MacMillan, DC. (2016). Understanding urban demand for wild meat in Viet Nam: implications for conservation actions. PLOS ONE, 1-14.

Challender, DWS., Harrop, SR., MacMillan, DC. (2015). Understanding markets to conserve trade threatened species in CITES. Biological Conservation 187, 249-259. 

Challender, DWS., Harrop, SR. and MacMillan, DC. (2015). Towards informed and multi-faceted wildlife trade interventions. Global Ecology and Conservation (3) 129-148.

Challender, DWS., Wu, SB., Nijman, V., MacMillan, DC. (2014). Changing behaviour to tackle the wildlife trade. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Vol. 12: 203.

Challender, DWS., MacMillan, DC. (2014). Transforming wildlife trade interventions: reply to Phelps et al. Conservation Letters 7 (5), 497-498.

Challender, DWS., MacMillan, DC. (2014). Poaching is more than an enforcement problem. Conservation Letters 7 (5), 484-494.