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Jessica Sparks, MSW, MCM ’14, PhD

Course Director, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

jessica.sparks@tufts.edu

About

Dr. Sparks joined the MS in Conservation Medicine (MCM) program in 2016 as the course director for Project Management and Communication and Research Skills I. She is also a 2014 graduate of the program, and a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program—New England Regional Network.

Dr. Sparks is a trained social scientist, interested in the human dimensions of conservation medicine, particularly in marine ecosystems. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to study the bidirectional links between overfishing-induced marine fish stock declines and forced labor and slavery on fishing vessels. She has extensive experience conducting international field research, primarily in Southeast Asia. She is also a research fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab and a member of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) Early Career Researcher network.