Stephen Pires


Areas of Expertise

Situational Crime Prevention | Crime Mapping | Conservation Criminology | Wildlife Crime | Kidnapping for Ransom | International Crime


Ph.D., Rutgers University-Newark, Criminal Justice, 2012
M.A., Rutgers University-Newark, Criminal Justice, 2008
B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, 2005


Office: PCA-368A
Phone: 305.348.4872
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Dr. Stephen F. Pires earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He studies the illegal wildlife trade with a particular focus on commonly-poached species (i.e. hot products), illicit markets, & the organization of the illegal trade. In addition to his work on wildlife crime, Dr. Pires has published several articles on how other deviant behavior, such as kidnappings for ransom and illicit smoking, is clustered in space and time while illustrating the benefits of using GIS to inform prevention policy. Dr. Pires has presented his research at numerous conferences and symposia on a national and international scale and has published in a variety of scholarly journals including Biological Conservation, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, British Journal of Criminology, Forest Policy & Economics, Bird Conservation International, Ocean and Coastal Management, Journal of American College Health, Homicide Studies, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Crime Science. Recently, he co-authored the books, “Wildlife Crime: An Environmental Criminology and Crime Science Perspective” (2018) and “Quantitative Studies in Green and Conservation Criminology” (2019).

Dr. Pires is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis, Center for Conservation Crime Science at Rutgers University, International Green Criminology Working Group, and the Working Group Psittaciformes of the International Ornithologists’ Union. He is an editorial board member for the journal Global Crime and has served as Guest Editor for the Special Issue on ‘Wildlife Crime’ at the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research in 2015 and co-edited the 2022 Special Issue on "Wildlife Crime: Issues and Promising Solutions" at the journal, Animals.

Featured Publications

Pires, S. F., Olah, G., Nandiki, D., Agustina, D., & Heinsohn,R. (2021). What drives the illegal parrot trade? Applying a criminological model to market and seizure data in Indonesia. Biological Conservation, 257.

McFann, S. C., & Pires, S. F. (2020). Taking Stock in Wildlife Crime Research: Trends and Implications for Future Research. Deviant Behavior, 41, 118-135.

Kurland, J., Pires, S. F., & Marteache, N. (2018). The spatial pattern of redwood burl poaching and implications for prevention. Forest Policy and Economics, 94, 46-54.