RRBM Honor Roll

The RRBM Honor Roll publications have been selected as examples of research that is both rigorous and relevant. The listing below offers credible insights for society.

These publications have been selected for the RRBM Honor Roll by the Selection Board with the exception of 2019 articles selected by a pre-test review panel.


Nature of the publicationJournal article
Title of the publicationQuantitative Investigation of Wildlife Trafficking Supply Chains: A Review
Journal name/Book publisherOmega

The illicit wildlife trade is a pervasive and global problem that has far-reaching impacts on both society and the environment. Aside from threatening numerous species around the world and acting as a po- tential disease transmission vector for several zoonotic diseases, including the COVID-19 pandemic, this complex system is often linked with other illicit networks such as drugs, weapons, and human traffick- ing. The annual monetary value of wildlife trafficking is estimated to be over twenty billion USD, and, unfortunately, wildlife trafficking has several unique characteristics that make it difficult to disrupt in an effective and efficient manner. There has been much research and media awareness around wildlife con- servation and moral issues surrounding the illicit wildlife trade, but little is known about the supply chain structures and operations of these illicit networks, especially from a quantitative, analytical perspective. This research reviews wildlife trafficking through an operations and supply chain lens. By understanding the unique challenges faced in impeding wildlife trafficking, we present opportunities to resolve them us- ing analytical techniques. We provide the groundwork for future developments in detection, interdiction, reduction, and possibly, elimination of illicit wildlife trade.

Author #1Burcu B Keskin
Affiliation Author #1University of Alabama
Author #2Emily C Griffin
Affiliation Author #2Babson College
Author #3Jonathan O Prell
Affiliation Author #3University of Alabama
Author #4Bistra Dilkina
Affiliation Author #4University of Southern California
Author #5Aaron Ferber
Affiliation Author #5University of Southern California
Author #6John R Macdonald
Affiliation Author #6Colorado State University
Author #7Rowan Hilend
Affiliation Author #7Michigan State University
Author #8Stanley Griffis
Affiliation Author #8Michigan State University
Author #9Meredith L Gore
Affiliation Author #9University of Maryland