Julie Viollaz, Ph.D.

Julie Viollaz is a wildlife crime researcher based at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center. She received her B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on what environmental and cultural factors drive human-leopard conflict and retaliatory leopard killings in South Africa, Kenya, and India. She applies situational crime prevention methods to prevent these killings. Her other research projects focus on illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking.

Areas of Expertise:

  • wildlife crime
  • human-wildlife conflict
  • carnivore conservation
  • environmental criminology
  • spatial analysis
  • art theft