Cervid Program Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation
M.S. in Wildlife Science and Management
Stephen F. Austin State University
Survival, home range, habitat use, and reproductive ecology of eastern wild turkeys translocated to East Texas
Jason is originally from Vermont where his father served as a Game Warden for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, instilling in Jason a passion for the outdoors and a desire for a career in wildlife management. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2002, after which he conducted field research for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Ecological Center, University of Wisconsin, New York State Museum, and Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. In 2006, Jason began pursuing his Master’s degree at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) where his research focused on survival, space use, habitat selection, and reproductive ecology of eastern wild turkeys in east Texas. After graduating from SFA in 2010, Jason was hired as the Wild Turkey and Ruffed Grouse Program Leader for the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). He has since promoted to the position of Cervid Program Supervisor within MDC – a role in which he works with a team of staff to lead management of Missouri’s deer and elk populations.