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Jason Scott, Ph.D.

Forest Resources
Assistant Professor

Yow 129
229. 391.4804

I operate under the “Wise Use” paradigm of conservation

I consider myself a broadly trained vertebrate ecologist.  I am driven by a need to understand wildlife habitat relationships which stems from my natural curiosity and having always lived an outdoor lifestyle.  I also embrace fully the need we have to continue to use our natural resources in a sustainable way (Wise Use Paradigm of Conservation).  It is the marriage of these two interests coupled with a quantitative mind that naturally pushed me into my chosen field of research:  Empirical Forecast Modeling.

I focus my research and efforts in the classroom towards understanding how to effectively manage our many natural resources.  The means I seek to explore ways for industry to supply us with our societal needs while also maintaining intact ecosystems.  In the class room I teach about the current methods managers use to achieve their different conservation goals.

I have applied these concepts to a marine fisheries problem where endangered species managers sought ways to minimize interactions between shrimp trawls and loggerhead turtles off the Georgia coast.  I’ve also applied these concepts to a forest management problem on Fort Bragg military instillation where northern bobwhite populations were in severe decline, the red-cockaded woodpecker population was just declared recovered, and timber managers did not know how best to help the bobwhite without causing harm to the endangered RCW.


Doctorate:   Wildlife Ecology and Management                                                          2006-2011

  • University of Georgia
  • Dissertation Title: Empirical forecast modeling for complex management environments.

Master of Science:  Wildlife Ecology and Management                                              2003-2006

  • University of Georgia
  • Thesis Title: Use of satellite telemetry to determine ecology and management of loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) during the nesting season in Georgia.

Bachelor of Science:  Wildlife Resources                                                                      1994-1999

  • Institution: University of Idaho
  • Senior Thesis: Shifts in vertical structure use by black-capped chickadees in response to increased weather severity in coniferous forests of north Idaho.                                                                1999
  • Directed Study: Dietary analysis of a coyote population with direct overlap of a stable gray wolf population on the Copper River Delta, AK.                                                                                    1998
  • Directed Study: Feasibility for reintroducing beaver back onto the University of Idaho Experimental Forest.                                                                                                                                                     1997

 Areas of Specialization

  • Spatially explicit empirical forecast modeling
  • Species-habitat relationship modeling
  • Occupancy methods
  • Vertebrate ecology



Herbaceous Plant Communities (FRSC 2100)


» Syllabus

I help my students explore the diversity of the many physiographic regions of Georgia, the unique plants communities within them, and the driving factors that govern how and why those communities developed the way they did.