About Jon

I'm an ecologist. I study people, adaptation, and environmental change. Most of my work is based in sub-Saharan Africa, with a few newer projects in the American West. Before joining the CSU faculty, I was a postdoc at CU Boulder. I grew up in rural Oregon and feel very much at home in Colorado.

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  • Theory from ecology and systems science applied to biodiversity conservation and human livelihood challenges
  • Human-wildlife conflict, specifically elephant crop raiding and livestock predation by large carnivores (Iringa, Tanzania; Kavango-Zambezi)
  • Human mobility, landscape change, and socially transmitted norms of behavior (Sukuma, Maasai, and Barabaig ethnic groups in Tanzania)
  • Drivers of rainfall patterns and farmer observations of and responses to climate change (western Uganda)
  • Quantitative fieldwork, computational modeling, geospatial analysis


PhD, Ecology - University of California Davis
Davis, CA, 2015

MS, Ecology - University of California Davis
Davis, CA, 2012

BA, Biology and History - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY, 2002

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences (co-reviewed by Climate Dynamics), “Understanding the Role of Congo Moisture in Rainfall Variability and Forecast Information Used by Smallholder Farmers in the Uganda Albertine Rift.” Salerno, Co-PI. $400,000, 2017-2020
  • NSF Geography and Spatial Sciences, “Change and Adaptation in Southern Africa: Climate and Land Systems Dynamics of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.” Salerno, named postdoc. $325,000, 2016-2019

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