Master’s student, School for the Environment and Sustainability
University of Michigan
WILDRHINOS (Worldwide Innovative Learning Design for Reconciliation of Human Interests with Nature and Overexploited Species)
Ryan Horwitz is a second year master’s student at the University of Michigan, School for the Environment and Sustainability studying geospatial data science. He is also pursuing a graduate certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy through the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
As a member of the WILDRHINOS project team, Horwitz works closely with a team of U.S. and foreign government agencies led by pioneering conservation biologist Dr. Samuel Wasser to create both static visualizations and interactive applications that help prosecutors and local law enforcement convict the heads of transnational crime organizations driving the illegal poaching of elephants and trade of ivory. He also works closely with prominent film director and photographer Kate Brooks to demonstrate the impact of The Last Animals documentary on public engagement and legislative action in the fight against the illegal poaching and trade of endangered wildlife.