Joshua Powell
Author: Elizabeth Streeter
2021

Joshua Powell

Conservation Biologist

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meet joshua

A conservation biologist and Ph.D. candidate at the Zoological Society of London and University College London, Josh is the founder of Rangers Without Borders and a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund #WWFVoices campaign. He has focused on the conservation of the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in Northeast Asia. He has been a Churchill Fellow on island conservation policy in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, has served as a policy advisor for the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and is an advisor for the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust on environment and society.

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Nominated by: Milbry Polk MED'95
Class of 2021 Location London, UK
Author: Stephanie Foote

My work focuses on the intersection of science and conservation and on communicating that to policymakers and the wider public. Our research with Rangers Without Borders aims to document the training needs and capabilities of park rangers and communities about threatened wildlife. Some of my work focuses on providing an evidence base to policymakers. For example, the UK Overseas Territories host 94% of all known British endemic species. We contributed to the government’s review on protecting biodiversity.

As a presenter and founding member of the World Wildlife Fund #WWFVoices campaign on global biodiversity, one example that impacted public thinking about the environment was Frozen Islands, Arctic Seas. This involved hosting a live Q&A on polar science. 14,000 people watched plastic pollution documented in the High Arctic and films explaining the conservation status of polar bears and the double threats of hybridization and climate change.

Author: Stephanie Foote

“My hope for the future is that, as a species, we can protect much of the Earth’s amazing biodiversity and avert the threat of a sixth mass extinction. This will involve greater understanding as we learn how to better live with other species of the natural world.”

- Joshua Powell
Author: Elizabeth Streeter

This is exploration in a traditional sense. We know remarkably little about the natural world and endangered species. My work helps to learn about species distribution and to evaluate potential conservation interventions. For example, I am currently exploring gaps in knowledge about the endangered Amur tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and the critically endangered Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). We need more information about wildlife populations, and I am intrigued by the use of modern technology to better track their whereabouts.

My hope for the future is that, as a species, we can protect much of the Earth’s amazing biodiversity and avert the threat of a sixth mass extinction. This will involve greater understanding as we learn how to better live with other species of the natural world.

Author: Michelle Mancini
never stop exploring

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