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Jennifer Malpass, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Malpass is a biologist with Eastern Ecological Science Center's new Partner and Employee Engagement Team. 

Dr. Malpass fell in love with the outdoors flipping rocks in the backyard of her home in suburban Chicago and down the end of a dirt road at Falcon Camp in eastern Ohio. Most of her professional work has focused on birds, urbanization, science communication, and community (citizen) science. She collaborated on various US and international wildlife projects before joining the USGS in 2017. During her tenure at the Bird Banding Lab (2017-2020), she helped manage over 80 million records of banded and encountered birds, led novel collaborations with external organizations (non-governmental organizations, academia, agencies), and connected people to wildlife using nature’s greatest ambassadors: birds.

Dr. Malpass became part of the Partner and Employee Engagement Team in 2021 after the merger of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Leetown Science Center into the Eastern Ecological Science Center.

In addition to her duties as a biologist, Dr. Malpass also serves as a Diversity Change Agent, a cohort of Department of Interior employees advancing diversity and inclusion as mission critical imperatives, and a Peer Support Worker, a grassroots initiative within US Geological Survey to promote awareness and provide outreach and education on topics and policies related to anti-harassment, discrimination, biases, and scientific integrity. 

Professional Experience:

  • Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager (detail), Diversity and Equal Opportunity Office. US Geological Survey Headquarters, VA. 2020-2021.
  • Acting Chief (detail), Bird Banding Lab. US Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, MD. 2020.
  • Research Assistant, Refuge Program. US Fish and Wildlife Service Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, MA. 2016.
  • Directorate Fellow, Migratory Bird Program. US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region, MA. 2015.
  • Yard Birds Project Coordinator, School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Ohio State University, OH. 2011-2015.
  • Research Assistant, Neighborhood Nestwatch. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, DC. 2010.
  • Research Assistant, Rusty Blackbird Technical Group. US Forest Service, MS. 2009-2010.
  • Research Assistant, State University of New York Stonybrook Anthropology Department. Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. 2008-2009. 


  • B.A., Colby College, 2008. Biology (Honors), Classics Language and Literature. Summa cum laude.
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2015. Fisheries and Wildlife Science.
  • Organization of Tropical Studies, 2006. South African Wildlife Ecology, Conservation and Management.
  • Associate Wildlife Biologist©, 2016. The Wildlife Society.
  • Diversity Change Agent, 2018. Department of Interior.
  • Peer Support Worker, 2020. US Geological Survey. 

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