Jessica’s work within the Species Programme supports the implementation of species-related conventions and agreements, particularly in relation to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations. Specifically, her work focuses on CITES trade data and contributing to the production of technical reports. She is responsible for management of the CITES Trade Database, which UNEP-WCMC manages on behalf of the CITES Secretariat.
Jessica has a background in scientific research, particularly animal behaviour. She 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 this, 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 holds a BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies from Brandeis University in the United States.
Jessica leads the programme’s work on CITES trade data management and processing, and is responsible for the analysis and dissemination of this 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. This includes analysing trade data and updating information on CITES listings and export quotas in Species+.