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Jessica Sparks, MSW, MCM ’14, PhD

Course Director, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health


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.