Jennifer Malpass, Ph.D.


Dr. Jennifer Malpass is a biologist in the US Geological Survey's Bird Banding Lab at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland. She 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. She has collaborated on various US and international wildlife projects before joining the Bird Banding Lab. Most of her work has focused on birds, urbanization, and community science. In her current role, she helps manage over 80 million records of banded and encountered birds, leads novel collaborations with external organizations (non-governmental organizations, academia, agencies), and connects people to wildlife using nature’s greatest ambassadors: birds. 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.

Education and Certifications

  • 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.

Professional Experience Highlights

  • Acting Chief, 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.

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