Joe is an MSc Primate Conservation student at Oxford Brookes University. His background lies in Mathematics, Operational Research, and Statistics, however, upon volunteering on numerous occasions in Southern Africa, has opted to pursue a career in conservation, whilst still utilising his Mathematical education.
Joe is currently conducting research into how we can utilise game theory in making conducting market surveys more efficient in being able to locate illegally traded species. His research consists of three primary aspects, those being: learning of how stakeholders in the commodity chain make decisions, game theoretic reasoning to predict how those stakeholders will react to new legislation measures imposed or methods to combat illegal wildlife trade, and route planning.
This coming field season, Joe will explore how the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak affected wildlife trade within and on the periphery of Outamba-Kilimi National Park. By evaluating misinformation that may have been communicated during the outbreak Joe is interested in assessing how these miscommunications might have influenced negative perceptions towards primates, as well as other known vectors of the virus, and how this has impacted their use in traditional medicines, as a source of bushmeat, and in the pet trade. Finally, Joe hopes to provide evidence that depicts how effectively safety measures and mitigation techniques to avoid contracting the virus were communicated to the public, which could aid in preventing such a prolific outbreak reoccurring in the future.