Jessica’s work within the Species Programme focuses on supporting species-related conventions and agreements, specifically in relation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.
Jessica recently completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in association with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust, where her research focused on the behavioural ecology of African large carnivores in the Okavango Delta. Prior to starting her PhD, Jessica worked on a variety of research projects including field studies on meerkats in South Africa, Steller sea lions in Alaska, and migratory birds in New York. She also has a BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University in the United States.
Jessica supports the programme’s work on CITES through processing and uploading CITES annual report data into the CITES Trade Database. She is also involved in the analysis and dissemination of CITES trade data.
Jessica contributes to the programme’s work for the European Union Scientific Review Group to assist with decision-making regarding international trade in species listed under the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, including trade data analyses, species status assessments and updating information in Species+.
On this project, Jessica contributed to the analysis of National Reports submitted by Parties to the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) to assess progress towards the implementation of the Agreement.