We are very pleased to announce the appointment of two new Post Doctoral Research Fellows to the BIOSEC project at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, following a very competitive application and interview process. Jared Margulies will join the team in October 2017, and Francis Masse in January 2018. The fellowships will examine how the framing of environmental crime and security is influencing both responses to illegal hunting and collection of wild species in ‘source countries’ and the consumption and use of wildlife products in ‘end-user countries’.
Jared is a PhD Candidate in the Lab for Anthroecology in the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he is completing his dissertation examining the multispecies politics of conservation governance in South India. He conducted his primary dissertation fieldwork in southwest India with the support of a Fulbright-Nehru Grant in 2015-2016 based in Tamil Nadu in the Western Ghats. Jared has lived in Baltimore, Maryland, “The Greatest City in America,” for over a decade.
Jared will be leading Work Package 5 – Consuming Wildlife: environmental crime, security and biodiversity protection. He intends to build on his research experiences in India to examine the illicit sourcing of tigers as part of the global wildlife trade and subsequent enforcement responses to reducing extra-legal hunting. He will be joining the project in October 2017.
When not writing or thinking about the politics of human-animal entanglements, Jared is normally found on either side of the stage in the Baltimore theater community, with a long history of acting, directing, and playwriting for a number of theater organizations.
For his doctoral research at York University, Toronto, Francis conducted an ethnography of anti-poaching and conservation security in Mozambique to examine the political ecology and political geography of responses to rhino and elephant poaching within and around protected areas and related implications.
Francis will be leading Work Package 4 – Sourcing Wildlife: environmental crime, security and biodiversity protection, where he will continue a grounded approach to studying responses to wildlife crime but turn his attention to the illicit harvesting of marine resources, commonly referred to as illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing (IUU). He will pay particular attention to the micro-geopolitics of responses to IUU. To do this he will bring together approaches from policing and geopolitics into a political-ecological framework to account for both the place-based and transnational dynamics that help shape responses to IUU.
Francis will defend his Ph.D. Geography from York University in the fall of 2017 and will join the BIOSEC team in January 2018.
In his off time, Francis enjoys outdoor activities carving out time for hiking, camping, and extended canoe trips. He is also an avid music fan taking in as many live shows as possible. His favourite way to end the day is listening to a good album.