John is currently the Science Coordinator of the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture –
a private, state, and federal conservation partnership. He is responsible for coordinating
and facilitating the work of that partnership on all aspects of bird conservation planning,
implementation, monitoring, research, and evaluation. John’s focus is on progressively refining
the biological underpinning of the conservation partnership’s collective efforts within the
Lower Mississippi Valley region to ensure they are built on the strongest scientific foundation possible.
John received a BS in Wildlife Resource Management from West Virginia University in 1996.
Following graduation, John held a number of temporary field positions in West Virginia, Ohio,
Louisiana, and Connecticut – mostly working on habitat associations of breeding landbirds. In 1999,
John began pursuing an MS at California University of Pennsylvania. Here he began studies on the
influence of habitat on ruffed grouse reproductive ecology as part of the Appalachian Cooperative
Grouse Research Project. In 2001, John entered the PhD program at Fordham University, where he
continued his research on ruffed grouse and built spatially explicit population models for ruffed grouse
on 7 sites in 5 states throughout the Appalachian region. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University
of Missouri-Columbia, John developed spatial Habitat Suitability Index models for 40 bird species and
used Forest Inventory and Analysis and National Landcover data to assess the ability of the 52-million
acre West Gulf Coastal Plain to sustain priority landbird populations.