Dr. Julie Viollaz highlights some of her recent fieldwork and its implications for conservation criminology!

http:// https://msutoday.msu.edu/360/2018/julie-viollaz-conservation-and-collegiality/

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Rachel Boratto, PhD student in @MSU_SCJ and I have published another report on the urban bushmeat supply chain in Republic of Congo as part of the broader @TheWCS project on the same topic supported by @USFWS and @USAID. #conservationcriminology and #conservationsocialscience helped add color to the bigger picture of the bushmeat supply chain’s physical and informational flows. @CANRatMSU @SCB_SSWG

The @SCBAsiaand King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Conservation Ecology Program are hosting me for a special lecture and panel discussion on March 9 in Bangkok, titled Illegal Logging, Wildlife Trafficking and Conservation Criminology: Current Issues and Future Directions. The talk will be at 2.00pm in Room X11.7 at King Mongkut’s University of Technology KX campus (The Knowledge Exchange, near Thonburi BTS station). RSVP to Dr. Tony Lynam (tlynam@wcs.org). Join me! #conservationcriminology,  #wildlifecrime, @SCB_SSWG, @CANRatMSU, @TheWCS

My first visit to Ethiopia was full of new experiences. In addition to visiting the University of Addis Ababa, African Union, Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Center, and United Nations Conference Center at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, I traveled to the Omo. The drive was amazing in the truest sense of the word. I’ve never seen such cultural diversity in my life. Didn’t see much wildlife, but I heard it at night—lions, elephants and leopards were super close to our camp because we were next to a water hole. Yeah, it was a busy week!

The long planned collaboration between my conservation criminology lab, Vinh University, Global Wildlife Conservation, World Wildlife Fund, Flora and Fauna International is getting off the ground! Dr. Julie Viollaz is leading the group from MSU, and was also recently named a GWC Associate. This project is going to be innovative on multiple levels and I’m so appreciative of Dr. Barney Long pulling us all together! I head to Vinh University for an extremely short but important trip; I’ll get to meet my collaborators in person (finally), introduce myself to the field research team, and hopefully conduct a site visit to one of our field sites.

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…