I’m heading to King Mongkut’s University of Technology in Thonburi, Thailand to teach a conservation social science short course for local university students and conservation practitioners. With support from the Society for Conservation Biology‘s Asia Section and Social Science Working Group, this week long course is going to cover a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches. It will be exciting to collectively build our capacity to think about the science of human-wildlife conflict, protected area management, illegal wildlife trade and public participation. I’m scheduled to give a public talk on my lab’s East Asia-related conservation criminology research and do a short site visit to see otter conservation in action. Also, my dad has asked me to be on the lookout for a red Buddha souvenir, because the two green Buddhas I brought him home last year weren’t sufficient…