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Fighting Ivory Trafficking with Forensic Science

Last week, just days before Central Park’s big Ivory Crush, a Lamont-Doherty geochemist and his colleague sawed off samples of the confiscated ivory for DNA testing and radiocarbon dating. Their results could determine where and when each elephant was killed—which could help catch the poachers responsible.

by |August 11, 2017

Science Nabs Illegal Ivory Sellers

A Toronto-based company has been convicted of selling illegal ivory in the first case to use a technique for dating ivory developed by a scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

by |March 4, 2015

The Buzz on Elephants

African-born, Oxford-trained biologist Lucy King recently won an award for a promising solution to a longstanding problem in Africa—elephants raiding crops.

by |December 1, 2011

Lend me a Helping Trunk

Researchers at the University of Cambridge recently found that elephants understand and can display complex levels of cooperation to reach a common goal.

by |March 9, 2011