Jay Diffendorfer

Biography

I'm an applied ecologist working at the Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center.  Trained as an ecologist, I originally worked on spatial ecology and conservation biology, including a USGS-funded post doc at University of Miami modelling reptile and amphibian responses to possible restoration scenarios in the Everglades.  I then worked as an assistant and full professor at San Diego State University, studying relationships between urbanization, fire, and invasive species on a native flora and fauna in southern California. This field-oriented research involved radiotelemetry, capture-recapture, and vegetation studies.  I left San Diego State University and spent 4 years at the Illinois Natural History Survey where my research began to expand into disease ecology and agro-ecosystems.  Since arriving at USGS in 2008, I have continued to expand my research focus and currently work on science related to the energy-environment nexus, ecosystem services, and applied ecology. For more, please refer to my ResearchGate page.

 

Education

University of Kansas, Ph.D., (Ecology), 1995
Ohio University, BS, (Wildlife Biology), 1989

 

Positions Held

2014-            Research Scientist and Supervisor, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, USGS, Lakewood, Colorado
2008-2014    Research Scientist, Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, USGS, Lakewood, Colorado
2004-2008    Associate Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois
1998-2004    Assistant/Associate Professor, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
1995-1998    Postdoctoral research with USGS, University of Miami, Miami, Florida