As the former Director, Jacob led the Center for Conservation Innovation, where we focus on improving wildlife conservation in the U.S., especially under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). CCI works at the intersection of data, technology, and policy to pioneer innovative, pragmatic conservation solutions. We work with others inside and outside of Defenders to make conservation data available and easily interpretable, so that policy makers and the public can make informed decisions about conservation. During his tenure as lead of the Center, Jacob served as an affiliate faculty member in the Environmental Science and Policy department at George Mason University, was an editor of the leading conservation journal Conservation Letters, and was a member of the Policy Tools and Methodologies task force of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 2013
University of Texas at Austin
BA in Conservation Ecology, 2007