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Jennifer Malpass, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Malpass is a biologist within Partner and Employee Engagement Team at the U.S. Geological Survey's Eastern Ecological Science Center.

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

Most of Dr. Malpass's professional work has focused on birds, urbanization, science communication, and community (citizen) science. She collaborated on various U.S. 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. 

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 U.S. Geological Survey to promote awareness and provide outreach and education on topics and policies related to anti-harassment, discrimination, biases, and scientific integrity.

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government