Laure Cugnière


Laure is a French native speaker with expertise in project management, event planning and communications as well as experience on and a passion for conservation science and practice.

LaureAfter a BSc in Technology and Management with a specialization in Marketing and Communications, and two inspiring years working as Volunteer Coordinator in the Peruvian Amazon, Laure realised that she wanted a career with a purpose. It was in the Amazonian forest that she first witnessed the impact of the illegal wildlife trade on biodiversity, an interest that she retained ever since.

She has since pursued a MSc degree in Conservation and Tourism from DICE, University of Kent, and put her unique skills at service of various conservation non-profits in the UK and USA. Her last position before joining the cutting-edge Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade was with the Society for Conservation Biology, as Conference Program Manager, for whom she planned ICCB 2015 in France and ICCB 2017 in Colombia.

Laure has a specific interest in using the power of outreach to engage and inspire new audiences, outside of academia. To this end, she is the co-founder of the Lost and Found Project (, a digital project that uses the universal languages of storytelling and art to spread a message of hope, determination and passion by bringing to life the most interesting, formidable and serendipitous species rediscoveries worldwide. She is also the co-administrator of the online platform, I F* Love Biodiversity, which shares fun, inspiring and positive news about biodiversity on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, to remind its more than 30,000 fans/followers that biodiversity conservation isn’t all doom and gloom.


2018-present     Outreach Coordinator, Oxford Martin Programme for the Illegal Wildlife Trade, University of Oxford, UK

2015-2017          Program Manager – Conferences, Society for Conservation Biology, USA

2011-2014          Programme Assistant – Extractive Industries and Conservation (freelance), Zoological Society of                                                                                          London, UK

2009-2010          MSc in Conservation and Tourism, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK

2008-2009          Volunteer Coordinator, Taricaya Ecological Reserve, Peru

2007-2008          Conservation Volunteer, Projects Abroad, Peru and Chile

2005-2006          Public Relations Assistant, Porter Novelli Paris, France

2003-2007          BSc in Technology and Management, specialisation in Marketing and Communications, Neoma                                                                                              Business School, France


Cugniere, L., Wright, J., & Milner-Gulland, E. (2019). Evidence to action: Research to address illegal wildlife trade. Oryx, 53(3), 411-411. doi:10.1017/S0030605319000371

Veríssimo D, J-C Cugnière, S Cugnière, J Cugnière, G Cugnière, L Cugnière. 2017. Record number of Yellowbilled Oxpeckers foraging on a single host. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(1): 9768–9770.

Contributor to Section 1, Chapter 7: The bigger picture: indirect impacts of extractive industries on apes and ape habitat (p. 197-225). Extractive Industries and Ape Conservation. Arcus Foundation. May 2014.

Veríssimo D & L Cugnière. 2013. Revived species: how would they survive? Nature 493:608.

Cugnière L. 2011. La perception des visiteurs à l’égard du loup et du phénomène de familiarisation. Bulletin de la Conservation – Les parcs nous ont dévoilé… Réseau Sépaq.