Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell

Profile
Profile Display Name:

Joshua Powell

E-mail Address:

joshua.powell.19@ucl.ac.uk

Start Year

2019 (Cohort 6)

Research interests:

Large carnivores, conservation, conservation geopolitics, endangered species, illegal wildlife trade, island conservation

Hobbies and interests:

PhD Project
PhD Title

Challenges and Opportunities for Transboundary Conservation of Amur tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) in North-East Asia

Research Theme

Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

IOZ

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

UCL

Additional supervisor(s)

Linda Kerley (ANO Amur in partnership with ZSL, Russia),
John Ewen (IoZ),
John Linnell (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research),

Abstract

My PhD research focuses on the transboundary conservation of large carnivores, primarily focused on north-east Asia and the world’s largest extant cat, the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). This necessitates the use of a range of research techniques from the biological and social sciences within an inter-disciplinary framework, in order to evaluate threats to transboundary Amur tiger populations at both a local and regional scale, as well as the potential opportunities and limitations for conservation interventions, including international wildlife law, conservation translocations and mitigation of human-tiger conflict. I am a National Geographic Explorer and one of the faces of WWF’s #WWFVoices campaign on global biodiversity.

Policy Impact

In February 2022, my research will be presented at The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, the South Korean legislature, with the Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea (KTLCF), with the aim of stimulating interest among policy-makers in the conservation of the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) on the Korean Peninsula.

Background Reading
Collaborators

Hang Lee (Seoul National University College of Veterinary Medicine; Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund in Korea)

Grants and awards
  • BES Regional Fund (Public Engagement) – British Ecological Society
  • Capturing Ecology 2021 – Ecology in Action, Student Winner – British Ecological Society
  • Daisy Balogh Travel Fund – Zoological Society of London
  • BES Public Engagement and Science Communication Awards 2021 – Highly Commended – British Ecological Society
Publications
Media

“Death by Tiger” – Korean Tiger Hunters of the Joseon Dynasty. Podcast Interview. Contributors: Working Over Time with Dr Karen Bellinger, by LittleFire & Past Preservers.Rewilding in the UK. Podcast Interview. Contributors: For Goodness Sake Podcast with Phil Baker and Rich Scully, by Will Walter.Josh Powell | National Geographic Explorer & WWF Voices Presenter. Podcast Interview. Contributors: Conservation Careers Podcast with Dr Nick Askew.Where learning turns to conservation with Joshua Powell. Podcast Interview. Contributors: Nature Talks with Erfan Firouzi.Anne Diamond discusses preserving fragile habitats with biologist Joshua Powell. Broadcast Interview (online). Contributors: Viking.TV.Episode: Joshua Powell. Podcast Interview. Contributors: CBER Lunchbox Podcast with Jess Williams, by Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.Life Behind Bars – The Moon Bear Trade. Image (Winning entry to the UCL Geography Research Images Competition). Contributors: Joshua Powell.Project Moon Bear. Image (Cover image for Project Moon Bear website). Contributors: Joshua Powell.The Caucasian leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor). Episode: Georgien: Lebensrettende Viren und Ranger ohne Grenzen. Podcast Interview. Contributors: National Geographic Germany Podcast.Dugong feared extinct in China due to environmental degradation. Broadcast Interview (TV). Contributors: ITV News at 10.Where Are They Now? Young Explorer & Scientist-in-Residence Joshua Powell. Feature Interview (online). Contributors: Adventure Canada.

News & Blogs

Meet the meat-eating ducks of South Georgia, Metro
Meet the meat-eating ducks of South Georgia, WWF
Meet the meat-eating ducks of South Georgia, The Conversation
Meet the meat-eating ducks of South Georgia benefiting from human help, i (newspaper)
Island conservation: protecting global biodiversity, ZSL Science Blogs
Making the film ‘Saving Britain’s Islands’, ZSL Science Blogs
Getting a job in island conservation, ZSL Science Blogs
Inside South Korea’s defunct bear farms, Mail Online
South Korea is bringing back bears in a country of 52 million people – I went to find out how, The Conversation
How South Korea is bringing back bears in a country of 52 million people, Phys.org
South Korea is bringing back bears in a country of 52 million people, WWF
[#WWF Voices] WWF와 함께 하는 보전 활동 전문가의 이야기 (English: The story of a conservation expert with WWF), WWF Korea
한국서 멸종위기종 연구 영국 생태학자가 전한 곰과 호랑이 이야기 (English: The story of bears and tigers by British ecologist studying endangered species in Korea), NewsPenguin
Urban leopards of Korea’s past could hold clues to the species survival, ZSL News
Urban leopards of Korea’s past could hold clues to the species survival, UCL News
Urban leopards of Korea’s past could hold clues to species survival, Phys.org
Urban leopards of Korea’s past could hold clues to species survival, myScience
100년 전 한양도성에는 표범이 거닐었다 (English: 100 years ago, a leopard walked within the walls of Hanyang), NewsPenguin
Quando i leopardi dell’Amur vivevano in città (English: When Amur leopards lived in the city), Greenreport.it
범은 아니었다, 100년전 서울 궁궐 점령한 ‘큰 고양이’ 정체 (English: The identity of the big cat that occupied the palace in Seoul 100 years ago), The JoongAng
‘범 내려온다’ 19세기 말 한양 밤길엔 표범이 다녔다 (English: “Leopard is Coming”. Leopards went to Hanyang at night at the end of the 19th century), The Hankyoreh
19세기말 한양 도성엔 범 거닐었다 (English: At the end of the 19th century, (a leopard) walked around Hanyang City Wall), Donga Science
Amur leopards of Korea’s past could hold clues to the species survival, WildCats Conservation Alliance
Зоологи подтвердили существование городской популяции леопардов в Сеуле в конце XIX века (English: Zoologists confirm the existence of an urban population of leopards in Seoul in the late 19th century), N+1
한반도는 명실상부한 ‘범’의 나라 (English: The Korean Peninsula is a country of leopards in name and reality), Hwangyong Ilbo
한국표범의역사와복원가능성토론의장열려 (English: Discussion on the history and the possibility of restoration of Korean leopards will be held), Gukje News
한국 범 복원 가능’ 환경부 적극 노력중 (English: The Ministry of Environment is working to restore the Korean “big cat”), Hwangyong Daily
윤미향 의원, 한국표범 생존 희망적…”환경부,남‧북 한반도 생태축 회복해야” (English: Yoon MeeHyang, hope for the survival of Korean leopards), Daehan Ilbo
한국표범 생존 희망적, 환경부 노력…남‧북 한반도 생태축 회복돼야 (English: Hope for the survival of Korean leopards and efforts of the Ministry of Environment), Maeil Anjeon Sinmun
윤미향 의원, 한국표범 생존 희망적 (English: Rep. Yoon MeeHyang, hope for the survival of the Korean leopard), Kyeongin Maeil
“한반도에 ‘범’ 내려온다!” 한국범보전기금 토론회 (English: “Big cats are coming down to the Korean Peninsula!” The Korean Tiger and Leopard Conservation Fund debate), Naeil Sinmun
The Global Exploration Summit (GLEX) 2022, Lisbon and Azores, Portugal – Special Report, Expedition News
Dugong feared extinct in China due to environmental degradation, ITV News
First discussions on Amur leopard conservation in Korea, UCL Faculty of Life Sciences News
연변조선족자치주 내 주민들의 한국범과 먹이동물에 대한 인식 (English: Residents’ Perceptions of Korean Big Cats and Prey Animals in Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture), Korea Tiger & Leopard Conservation Fund Naver Blog
Public perceptions of tiger recovery in China, UCL Geography News
사육 곰 농장에서 구조된 열세 마리 반달가슴곰들 (English: Thirteen Asiatic black bears rescued from breeding bear farm), SBS TV

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