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Jason Taylor, presenting at a meeting in Akureyri, Iceland

Jason J. Taylor

Director, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Inst.
790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula
Montana
United States
59801-4421

Phone: 406-542-4193
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Curriculum vitae (276 KB PDF)


Current Research

Background
Jason is a Landscape Ecologist and Director of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.  He has over twenty years of Federal and local government service, most recently with the National Park Service (NPS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  In addition to many years of leading protected areas management and science programs, Jason has an extensive background in the application of geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS, and remote sensing).  Over the last decade, he has co-developed local, national, and international ecosystem-based monitoring programs; he was a primary contributor in development and application of a landscape approach to public lands management, including conducting rapid eco-regional assessments; and, he was instrumental in early attempts to define an index of ecological integrity for the BLM.  Jason’s work has spanned the American West, Alaska, and the circumpolar Arctic.

In the recent past, Jason was Co-Lead for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), an international organization that addresses Arctic biodiversity conservation; and for many years he served as U.S. Lead for the CBMP terrestrial steering group.  In 2020, Jason led a diverse coalition of international scientists from over 15 institutions and 8 countries to publish a synopsis of Arctic terrestrial biodiversity status and trends.

Current Projects

Developing a ten-year science plan for the ALWRI
Arctic Wilderness and Co-Producing Conservation: A report on current values, challenges, and opportunities for partnering with Indigenous communities

Research Interests

Evaluating the condition of wilderness (and other remote landscapes)
Understanding the contributions of wilderness to broader social and ecological systems
Integrating science into management decision making and policy formation
Harmonizing science and indigenous knowledge to support resource stewardship
Understanding the relevance of wilderness, broadly, and to diverse communities

Past Research

Past Projects
Developing a circumpolar program for the monitoring of Arctic terrestrial biodiversity, Ambio special issue (2019-2020)
Strengthening relationships with AK Native partners through meaningful consultation and collaboration (2018-19)
Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021 (2016-17)
Arctic Cumulative Impacts Workshop (2015-2016)
U.S. Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021, Research Goal 7 - Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems (2016)
NPS Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium (2016)
NPS Excellence in Science, Integrating Science into National Parks Report (2014-2016)
Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan (2011-2013)
Implementing BLM’s Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy (2011-2013)
Ecological status and trend monitoring plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (2011-2012)
Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the BLM’s Solar Energy Program (2011-2012)
Seward Peninsula – Nulato Hills – Kotzebue Lowlands Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (2011-2012)
Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment (2011-2012)
Developing an “index of ecological integrity” (2011)
BLM Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Strategy for Integrated Renewable Resources Management (2011-2012)
BLM’s national peer review manual (2009)
Developing a geospatial, habitat-based, interactive assessment model (2009)
A resource management and monitoring protocol for Colorado’s west slope (2009)

Education

  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI, Ph.D. Natural Resources and Environment Dissertation: Avian populations in human-dominated landscapes: An analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics at the urban-rural interface. 2008
  • University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI., M.S. Natural Resources and Environment Thesis: Linking land-cover change to local land-use policy: A GIS-based analysis. 2004
  • University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI, B.S. Biology Biology/Ecology 1997

Professional Organizations

  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Science of Management and Biodiversity SG, Member (2020 - Current)
  • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Wilderness Specialist Group, Member (2020 - Current)
  • Alaska Park Science Editorial Board, Member (2018 - 2019)
  • National Park Service, Natural Resource Advisory Group, Member (2016 - 2019)
  • Arctic Council, CAFF, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Co-Lead (2016 - 2017)
  • Alaska Climate Change Roundtable, Long-term Monitoring Working Group, Co-Chair (2015 - 2016)
  • NPS Excellence in Science, Integrating Science into National Parks, Member (2014 - 2016)
  • Arctic Council, CAFF, CBMP Terrestrial Steering Group, U.S. Lead/ Member (2011 - 2016)
  • U.S. Regional Assoc, International Assoc for Landscape Ecology, Councilor-at-Large (2011 - 2013)
  • University of Michigan, Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop, Core Member (2005 - 2006)

Citations of non US Forest Service Publications

  • *Peer-reviewed literature

    2020*. Christensen, T., T. Barry, J.J. Taylor, M. Doyle, S. Heiðmarsson, M. Aronsson, C. Cuyler, M. Soloviev, et al.  Developing a circumpolar program for the monitoring of Arctic terrestrial biodiversity. Ambio vol. 49(3), 655-665. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01311-w.

    2020*. Jenkins, L.K., T. Barry, K.R. Bosse, W.S. Currie, T. Christensen, S. Longan, R.A. Shuchman, D. Tanzer, and J.J. Taylor.  Satellite-based decadal change assessments of pan-Arctic environments.   Ambio vol. 49(3), 820-832. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01249-z.

    2020*. Taylor, J.J., J.P. Lawler, M. Aronsson, T. Barry, A.D. Bjorkman, T. Christensen, S.J. Coulson, C. Cuyler, et al.  Arctic terrestrial biodiversity status and trends: A synopsis of science supporting the CBMP State of Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Report. Ambio vol. 49(3), 833-847. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01303-w.

    2018. Reynolds, J.H., E.J. Trammell, and J.J. Taylor. Migration’s Foundation: Ecological Intactness of Alaska’s Ecosystems. Alaska Park Science 17(1), 85-91.

    2018*. Trammell, E.J., S.K. Carter, T. Haby, and J.J. Taylor.  Evidence and opportunities for integrating landscape ecology into natural resource planning across multiple-use landscapes.  Current Landscape Ecology Reports 3(1), 1-11.

    2017. Welling, L., J. Taylor, D. Payer, L. Phillips, and T. Jones. National Park Service Participation in the Arctic Council.  Alaska Park Science 16(1), 100-105.

    2016. Bennetts, R.E., N. Chambers, J. Comiskey, K. James, J. Lawler, K. Legg, E. Matthews, L. Mazzu, Ohms, C. Schreier, and J.J. Taylor. 2016. Integration of science and park management: a framework for partnership. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/NRR—2016/1230. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

    2016*. Taylor, J.J., C.A. Lepczyk, and D.G. Brown. Patch and matrix level influences on forest birds at the rural-urban interface. Landscape Ecology 31, 1005-1020 (available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0310-5).

    2014*. Karl, J.W., J. Taylor, and M. Bobo. A double-sampling approach to deriving training and
    validation data for remotely-sensed vegetation products. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(5), 1936-1955.

    2014*. Haines, S.S., Diffendorfer, J.E., Balistrieri, Berger, Cook, DeAngelis, Doremus, Gautier, Gallegos, et al. A Framework for Quantitative Assessment of Impacts Related to Energy and Mineral Resource Development. Natural Resources Research 23(1), 3-17.

    2014. Taylor, J.J., E.J. Kachergis, G.R. Toevs, J.W. Karl, M.R. Bobo, M. Karl, S. Miller, and C.S. Spurrier. AIM-Monitoring: A Component of the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy. BLM Technical Note 445. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO.

  • 2013. Christensen, T., J. Payne, M. Doyle, G. Ibarguchi, J. Taylor, N.M. Schmidt, M. Gill, M. Svoboda, et al. Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 7. CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN 978-9935-431-26-4.

    2012. Svoboda, M., T. Christensen, E.T. Jorgenson, J.J. Taylor, J.F. Payne, N.M. Schmidt, M. Doyle, Madsen, J. Nymand, and D. Walker. Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Group: Designing an Arctic terrestrial biodiversity monitoring plan: 1st workshop, Hvalsø, Denmark, October 11-13, 2011. CAFF International Secretariat, CAFF Proceedings Series, Report No. 7. ISBN: 978-9935-431-17-2.

    2012. Taylor, J., G. Toevs, J. Karl, M. Bobo, M. Karl, S. Miller, and C. Spurrier. 2012. AIM-Monitoring: A Component of the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO. Report No. BLM/OC/ST-13/001+1735.

    2011. Boone R.B., J.J. Taylor, D.M. Swift, P.H. Evangelista, and E. Hollowed. Developing a Resource Management and Monitoring Protocol for Semiarid Landscapes with Extensive Energy Extraction Potential. BLM Technical Note 439. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, Colorado. Available online at: http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/techno2.htm.

    2011. Christensen, T., J.F. Payne, N.M. Schmidt, J. Madsen, J.J. Taylor, M. Doyle, M. Gill, J. Nymand, et al.  Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Plan – background paper. A supporting publication to the CBMP Framework Document. CAFF International Secretariat, CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 6. ISBN 978-9935-431-11-0.

    2011. Mackinnon W.C., J.W. Karl, G.R. Toevs, J.J. Taylor, M. Karl, C.S. Spurrier, and J.E. Herrick. BLM Core Terrestrial Indicators and Methods. BLM Technical Note 440. U.S. Department of Interior,  Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO.  Available online at: http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/techno2.htm.

    2011. Streever, B., R. Suydam, J.F. Payne, R. Shuchman, R.P. Angliss, Greg Balogh, J. Brown, Grunblatt, et al. Environmental Change and Potential Impacts: Applied Research Priorities for Alaska’s North Slope. Arctic (InfoNorth) 64(3), 390-397.

    2011. Toevs, G.R., J.J. Taylor, C. Spurrier, W.C. MacKinnon, and M. Bobo. BLM National Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Strategy for Integrated Renewable Resources Management. U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management, Washington, D.C.

    2011*. Toevs, G.R., J.W. Karl, J.J. Taylor, C.S. Spurrier, M. Karl, M.R. Bobo, and J.E. Herrick. Consistent Indicators and Methods and a Scalable Sample Design to Meet Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Information Needs Across Scales. Rangelands 33(4), 14-20.

    2007*. Taylor, J.J., D.G. Brown, and L. Larsen. Preserving natural features: A GIS-based evaluation of a local open-space ordinance. Landscape and Urban Planning 82(1-2), 1-16.

  • CONTRIBUTED REPORTS                                                             

    2018. Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021, CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 29. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-71-4.
    Available online at https://caff.is/monitoring-series/all-monitoring-documents/455-circumpolar-biodiversity-monitoring-program-strategic-plan-2018-2021-arctic.

    2018. Arctic Cumulative Impacts Workshop Final Report. U.S. Department of the Interior, 41 pp. Available online at https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2257935.

    2016. Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), National Science and Technology Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC, 76 pp. (Research Goal 7: Advance an Integrated, Landscape-scale Understanding of Arctic Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and the Potential for Future Change.) Available online at https://www.iarpccollaborations.org/plan/index.html.

    2013. Mojave Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1521/ML15211A622.pdf.

    2012. A.2.4 Framework for Developing a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the BLM’s Solar Energy Program in Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States.  Available online at http://solareis.anl.gov/documents/fpeis/index.cfm.

    2012. Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://landscape.blm.gov/REA_General_Docs/CBR_1_ReportBody.pdf.

    2012. Seward Peninsula – Nulato Hills – Kotzebue Lowlands Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://landscape.blm.gov/REA_General_Docs/SNK_REA_Final_Report.pdf.


Last updated on : 01/04/2022