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Jonathan Rose

Dr. Jonathan Rose conducts research on the population ecology reptiles and amphibians, with the goal of informing conservation of these taxa.

Jonathan analyzes capture-mark-recapture, occupancy, and movement data in a Bayesian framework, to estimate species' demographic vital rates, distributions, and space use. Jonathan is particularly interested in how species respond to changes in land cover and land use, and how species can persist in fragmented, human-dominated landscapes. Current projects include studying how the availability of aquatic habitat affects the demography and distribution of threatened Giant Gartersnakes (Thamnophis gigas) in the Sacramento Valley, California; population studies of endangered San Francisco Gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia); estimating the occupancy of Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata) in rice-growing regions of the Sacramento Valley; and modeling the distribution and population dynamics of amphibians of conservation concern in northern California.  


  • Conservation Biology
  • Population Ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Landscape Ecology


  • B.S. in Biology, University of Iowa, 2007
  • M.A. in Geography, University of Iowa, 2010
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, University of California, Davis, 2016

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