Originally a software engineer with marine hobbies, Jason left the technology industry in 2003 to pursue a full time career in marine research and conservation. At the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, he splits his time between writing software tools and conducting scientific research. His principal goal is to facilitate widespread progress in the marine ecology and conservation communities by developing tools that allow easy access to cutting-edge, computing-intensive solutions to difficult or common research problems. To this end, Jason leads the development of Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), a collection of modular, GIS-integrated tools published by the lab.
Before joining the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Jason worked for seven years at Microsoft. In his last position there, he was Lead Software Design Engineer for Windows software distribution technologies. The team he led designed and implemented the protocols, web services, and database infrastructure used by Windows computers to query Microsoft for software updates.
Jason earned a Master of Environmental Management degree at Duke in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Philosophy (double major) at Virginia Tech in 1996.a328 LSRC Building Research Drive Duke University Durham NC 27708 @