Andrew M. Lemieux (editor-in-chief) (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement)
Andrew Lemieux oversees content development for the Wilderness Problems section with support from an editorial board comprising academics and practitioners. If you are interested in developing content, have suggestions for content development, or know of resources already available, please contact the editor-in-chief.
Dr. Lemieux is a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). He coordinates the NSCR’s Wildlife Crime Cluster and is a member of the Spatial and Temporal Crime Patterns Cluster. Over the last decade, Andrew has worked with numerous wildlife-protection agencies in Africa and Asia including governmental, non-governmental, and private entities. His work revolves around the collection and use of data for decision-making, with an emphasis on problem solving and situational crime prevention. He has spent considerable time in the field with rangers on the front line of protection efforts and with managers looking for innovative ways to protect their ecosystem. These experiences are what led Andrew to promote the use of problem solving for wildlife protection as a way to find holistic solutions that are mutually beneficial to wildlife and communities.
Meredith Gore (Michigan State University)
Meredith Gore is a conservation social scientist leveraging concepts of risk to enhance understanding of human-environment relationships. Her scholarship is designed to build evidence for action. The majority of her scientific inquiry can be described as convergence research on conservation issues such as wildlife trafficking, illegal logging, fishing and mining.
For approximately 10 years, she was jointly appointed in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and School of Criminal Justice in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University; now the former is her home.
Meredith received her PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University, MA in Environment and Resource Policy from George Washington University, and BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University.
Jonathan Hunter (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Jonathan Hunter served seven years in the UK’s Metropolitan Police Service before moving to Southeast Asia where he has been adapting his experience of front-line site-based enforcement to the fight against illegal wildlife trade. During this time, Jonathan has developed bespoke information management systems for sites, and led problem-solving processes to develop strategies for site based law enforcement as well as capacity building in intelligence gathering and handling, safety protocols and enforcement management.
Jennifer Mailley (UK Home Office)
Jen Mailley has over twenty years of experience in crime research and control. She currently works as a senior analyst in the Crime and Policing Analysis Unit of the UK Home Office. Her experience in wildlife crime includes the use of problem-solving to address tiger poaching in Malaysia, hands-on capacity building for using forensic science in addressing wildlife crime, and developing a novel method for assessing the social and economic costs of wildlife crime by including natural capital costs.
She currently sits on the Scientific Advisory Group for Wildlife Crime of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and the UK NWCU’s Poaching Priority Delivery Group (more info at: PPDG).
William Moreto (University of Central Florida)
William D. Moreto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in 2013. He is a research fellow of the Wildlife Crime cluster at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, and Research Associate of the Rutgers Center for Conservation Criminology and Ecology. His research centers on the study of wildlife crime, wildlife law enforcement, environmental criminology and crime science, situational crime prevention, policing, and conservation social science. He has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Nepal, the Philippines, Uganda, and the United States, and has led data collection in over 18 countries. His research can be found in leading journals, including Justice Quarterly, British Journal of Criminology, Qualitative Research, and Oryx: The International Journal of Conservation. He is the lead author of Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective (Carolina Academic Press) and editor of Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice (Temple University Press).
Gohar Petrossian (John Jay School of Criminal Justice)
Gohar Petrossian is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at CUNY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include crimes against wildlife, with a particular interest in IUU fishing, spatial and temporal analysis of crime and GIS mapping, environmental criminology and opportunity theories, and crime prevention. She is currently working on a book titled Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing (Global Crime and Justice Series. ABC-CLIO, LLC, Praeger Imprint).
Robert Pickles (Panthera)
Rob Pickles is the Regional Coordinator for Counter-Wildlife Crime in South and Southeast Asia for Panthera, an NGO specialising in wild cat protection. Rob closely supports counter-poaching teams in protected areas in Asia, developing knowledge management systems, refining understanding of the specifics of different poaching problems and designing interventions to counter these. His interests run from fine scale counter-poaching tactics to larger scale strategic design, synthesising and applying lessons from diverse, resource limited, problem control disciplines in remote areas. Rob earned a PhD in ecology from the University of Kent and Zoological Society of London in 2010 and is an honorary research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.
Steven Pires (Florida International University)
Stephen Pires, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is an expert on the illegal wildlife trade with a particular focus on commonly-poached species (i.e. hot products), illicit markets, & the organization of the illegal trade. His work has appeared in the Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, The British Journal of Criminology, Bird Conservational International, and Forest Policy & Economics. In addition, he has co-authored the book, “Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective” and co-edited the book, "Quantitative Studies in Green and Conservation Criminology."
Julie Viollaz works as the Wildlife Crime Research Officer for the Crime Research Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Prior to this, she was a research Associate at Michigan State University and worked as a consultant on wildlife crime issues. She has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the CUNY Graduate Center & John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College. She specializes in field interventions to help communities, law enforcement personnel, and NGOs apply crime prevention techniques to poaching and wildlife trafficking. She was part of the team that conducted the 2016 mid-term evaluation of USAID’s Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (Phase III) in the Congo Basin and has worked with a range of government agencies and NGOs including the WWF, FFI, Global Wildlife Conservation, UN, INTERPOL, USAID, U.S. State Department, and NYPD.