Jon Belak

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Wildlife Biologist

Areas of Expertise: energy development and wildlife impacts; national renewable energy policy; GIS and spatial analysis, conservation biology, wildlife research and study design.

Jon Belak, Wildlife Biologist

As the Wildlife Biologist for the Renewable Energy Group, Jon collaborates with Defenders’ field offices, conservation partners, federal agencies, and project developers to integrate robust wildlife data analysis into renewable energy and transmission assessment, with the goal of facilitating landscape-scale planning and mitigation to provide net conservation benefit for wildlife species and their habitats. His geographic emphasis is primarily on public lands throughout the U.S., particularly lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management.  

Prior to joining Defenders in 2011, Jon worked with a number of conservation NGOs on  defining impacts of energy and utility development, landscape ecology and GIS, and climate change, including the Nature Conservancy and the Wilderness Society. Jon received an M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 2002 and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Humboldt State University in 1991.