As WRI's Science Officer for the Forest Legality Team, Meaghan leads the strategic plan on how best to incorporate innovative technologies to combat illegal logging.  She partners with academic, government and private sector labs along with timber industry experts to identify where and when different technologies are applied most appropriately, enabling the private and public sector to raise the bar on ‘due diligence’.

Meaghan comes to WRI from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where she was heavily involved in a multitude of different DNA barcoding projects such as the Moorea Biocode Project and most recently, the Barcode of Wildlife Project.

Meaghan’s education and career have focused on applying genetic methods to address questions in conservation and biodiversity. Meaghan received a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters degree from San Francisco State University.

Meaghan loves spending time in the woods hiking and camping with her husband, toddler and border collie.