Originally a software engineer with a passion for scuba diving and other marine hobbies, Jason left Microsoft 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. He is interested in facilitating progress in marine ecology and conservation by developing, applying, and helping others apply advanced software tools, statistical methods, and modeling approaches.
Some recent projects include:
- Modeling densities of cetaceans for the U.S. east coast and Gulf of Mexico (more info here).
- Modeling larval connectivity for various marine species in the Pacific, Caribbean, Western Indian Ocean, and globally.
- Modeling distributions, habitats, and movements of large marine predators, including tunas and swordfish in the western North Atlantic, minke whales in Antarctica, and leatherback sea turtles in the eastern Pacific.
- Leading development of Marine Geospatial Ecology Tools (MGET), a free collection of modular geoprocessing tools used throughout the marine ecology community.