Dr Helen Pheasey

Lecturer in Conservation Science
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Dr Helen Pheasey


Dr Helen Pheasey has a career in conservation spanning 20 years which has involved undertaking research in both the natural and social sciences. Most recently she spent five years living at remote field stations in Costa Rica, working with marine turtles. Her most notable project involved deploying 3D printed, GPS enabled decoy turtle eggs to track illegal trade. 

Prior to that she was undertaking species inventories at a nature reserve in Paraguay.
Her work has been wide and varied, from interviewing chameleon exporters, poachers and drug users to managing citizen science projects and collaborating with law enforcement officials and NGOs. 

Now she is enjoying teaching the next generation of conservation scientists and working on a systematic review of Marine Protected Areas and their contribution to sustainable development. 


  • PhD Biodiversity Management: Methods of and motives for laundering a wildlife commodity beyond captive farming-based systems: The harvest of olive ridley sea turtle eggs. DICE, University of Kent.
  • MSc International Wildlife Trade and Conservation: Exporter preferences in the chameleon trade in Madagascar. DICE, University of Kent.
  • BSc (Hons) Environmental Science: The Effect of Forest Disturbance on the Herpetofauna of Southeast Sulawesi. Brighton University.

Research interests

  1. Marine Protected Areas and their contribution to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  2. International wildlife trade
  3. Community-based conservation and sustainable use of wildlife. 


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