Joshua Powell

Joshua Powell

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Joshua Powell
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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

Sarah Durant

Primary Institution
Secondary Supervisor

Jan Axmacher

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

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
Background Reading
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
“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.
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,

Conferences and Workshops

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