Jason Kreitler, Ph.D.


I am a research geographer for the Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC) and work on the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the enhancement of natural resource and wildland fire management activities within socio-ecological or human-enviroment systems. I conduct interdisciplinary studies to understand the consequences of climate and land use change to determine priorities for conservation action or to inform natural resource management. I employ geographic information systems, passive and active remote sensing, environmental modeling, and high performance computing in my quantitative analyses. My area of interest and expertise is the western USA. 



  • 2011, PhD in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California Santa Barbara. "Ecosystem services and cost-effective conservation planning".
  • 2005, MS in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California Santa Barbara.
  • 2001, BA in Biology from Colorado College

Professional experience:

  • Research geographer, (10/2011 - present), Western Geographic Science Center, USGS
  • Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), (3/2009 - 10/2011),  Western Geographic Science Center, USGS
  • Graduate student researcher, (8/2005 - 8/2011), Biogeography Lab, UC Santa Barbara
  • Research assistant (7/2008 - 9/2009), Conservation International
  • Research assistant (7/2008 - 9/2009), Allen-Diaz Lab, UC Berkeley
  • Graduate student researcher, (1/2008 - 6/2008), National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UC Santa Barbara