Dr Maurice Beseng
After a B.Sc in Botany and Environmental Science at the University of Buea, Cameroon I worked at the Limbe Botanical and Zoological Gardens in Environmental Education programmes. I was awarded the Erasmus Mundus European Joint Masters Scholarship in Water and Coastal Management 2005-2007. This took me to the University of Cadiz (Spain), Algarve (Portugal) and Plymouth (England), where my MSc thesis focussed on illegal fishing and implications on fisheries management in Cameroon. Following roles in environmental crime and enforcement at local government councils in England, I later embarked on a PhD in Maritime Security at Coventry University, England, where my thesis focussed on political ecology of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and Fisheries Crime.
My postdoctoral position at WildCRU involved investigating the link between the global donkey skin trade and wildlife crime to address questions of where conservation efforts may have the greatest likelihood of success, given the economic and geopolitical factors that shape the nature of the trade in different countries. Watch out for the following manuscripts when published for detailed insights into the research on donkey skin-wildlife trade nexus:
Su S, Macdonald EA, Beseng M, Thomaz F, Macdonald DW (2021). Trojan Donkeys: The link between wildlife trade and the global donkey hide product network. In Press.
Beseng M., Su S., Macdonald, EA, Thomaz, F., Macdonald DW (2021). Using seizure data to assess the donkey hide-wildlife trade nexus from Africa to Asia. In Press.