People

Gavin Jones, Ph.D. | Principal Investigator

cropped-headshot_smile_circle.pngGavin (he/him) is a Research Ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station – Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems Program (USDA Forest Service) and an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. Previously he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida working with Dr. Rob Fletcher. Gavin earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Dr. Zach Peery. He is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Wildlife Management and Fire Ecology which are flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals of The Wildlife Society and the Association for Fire Ecology, respectively. Download Gavin’s most recent CV here.

gavin.jones@usda.gov

Jessalyn Ayars, B.Sc. | Research Fellow 

ayars_circle1Jessalyn (she/her) is interested in quantitative ecology, fire ecology, and forest conservation. She graduated from Carleton College in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Math minor. Jessalyn is working with Dr. Jones as a Carleton College Paglia Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow for the period 2021-2023. Jessalyn will be studying the conservation of spotted owls in fire-prone forests. She will use cutting-edge quantitative tools including Google Earth Engine to map spotted owl habitat as a function of forest cover, fire incidence, and climate change. She will also be integrating spotted owl movement data obtained via GPS tracking with demographic data to study how the habitat spotted owls are using contributes to individual fitness. Jessalyn will be assisting on various field projects. 

jayars99@unm.edu