Jon is a quantitative ecologist whose research focuses on the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems and the organisms inhabiting them, particularly in light of global change. His work covers a spectrum from advancing ecological theory and statistical methods to studies addressing specific problems in conservation and environmental resource management. He is broadly interested in what shapes the resilience and stability of ecological and social-ecological systems. His primary appointment is as a Senior Researcher with the University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.


Michael's introduction to research occurred when he spent a summer on an uninhabited Maine island where he developed methods to census nesting seabirds using UAVs (drones). He subsequently conducted research in Costa Rica and completed his undergraduate thesis with the SBC LTER group at UC Santa Barbara on the secondary productivity of beach invertebrates. During this time he also worked as first mate on a research vessel operated by his undergraduate institution the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine. He graduated with a B.A.


My research employs a combination of observational, comparative and experimental methods to explore a wide range of subjects on the biogeography, ecology and genetics of mammalian populations. My colleagues and I recently completed a series of studies on non-lethal ways to reduce the impact of over-abundant mammalian predators (i.e., raccoons and red foxes) on under-abundant threatened colonial and beach-nesting waterbirds on the Virginia barrier islands.


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