Jessica Sparks

Regional Network: 
New England Regional Network
Class Year: 
2017
Position: 
Doctoral Candidate (DU GSSW); Adjunct Faculty (Tufts)
Organization: 
Tufts University
Location: 
Boston, Massachusetts

Jess is a trained social scientist, interested in the human dimensions of conservation medicine, particularly in marine ecosystems. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to study the bidirectional links between overfishing-induced marine fish stock declines and forced labor and slavery on fishing vessels. She has extensive experience conducting international field research, primarily in Southeast Asia. She is a research fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab (UK) and a course director in the MS in Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She is also a member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) Early Career Researcher network.