Areas of Expertise: quantitative analysis of data related to the ESA and its implementation
Jacob works on linking science to Endangered Species Act policy. Analyses range from reviewing available biological research on proposed or listed species to develop policy recommendations, to original analyses of data related to the implementation of the Act. Beyond the core analyses, Jacob is working with others inside and outside of Defenders to make ESA-related data available and easily interpretable, so that policy makers and the public can make informed decisions about conservation.
Before joining Defenders in January, 2015, Jacob was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Connecticut, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. From 2000-2008, Jacob was a field biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in New Mexico and Arizona, during which time he completed his Bachelor's degree in Conservation Ecology at Prescott College.