Jason Taylor



Email: jason.taylor2@usda.gov
Phone: (406) 542-4193
Fax: (406) 542-4196

790 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, Montana 59801

Curriculum Vitae

ORCiD: 0000-0002-7221-8549


Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environment, 2008 -- University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI.  Dissertation: Avian populations in human-dominated landscapes: An analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics at the urban-rural interface.
M.S., Natural Resources and Environment, 2004 -- University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, MI. Thesis: Linking land-cover change to local land-use policy: A GIS-based analysis.
B.S., Biology, 1997 -- University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI.


Jason joined the Leopold Institute with nearly twenty years of federal and local government service.  Most recently, he was superintendent at Klondike Gold Rush NHP, an international protected area, and the most visited National Park Service (NPS) unit in Alaska.  Previously, Jason led the NPS Alaska Region, Natural Resource Science and Management Team, and provided natural resource stewardship, policy, science, and technology support for 24 national park units (totaling 52 million acres) across Alaska. 

In the recent past, Jason was Co-Lead for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), an international organization that addresses Arctic biodiversity conservation; and for many years he served as U.S. Lead for the CBMP terrestrial steering group.  Jason has also held several positions within the Bureau of Land Management, including Acting Deputy Director for the North Slope Science Initiative and Landscape Ecologist/Monitoring Implementation Lead at the National Operations Center; and he served as Chief for the Division of Natural Resource Management and Science at the NPS Cape Cod National Seashore.

Selected Professional Activities

Alaska Park Science Editorial Board, Member; 2018-2019
National Park Service, Natural Resource Advisory Group, Member; 2016-2019
Arctic Council, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Co-lead; 2016-2017
Alaska Climate Change Exec Roundtable, Long-term Monitoring Working Group, Co-chair; 2015-2016
NPS Excellence in Science, Integrating Science into National Parks Workgroup, Member; 2014-2016
Arctic Council, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Terrestrial Steering Group, U.S. Lead/Member; 2011-2016
U.S. Regional Assoc, International Association for Landscape Ecology, Councilor-at-Large; 2011-2013
BLM Peer Review Policy Development Committee, Member; 2009-2010
Complex Systems Advanced Academic Workshop, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan, Core Member; 2005-2006


*Peer-reviewed literature

2020*. Christensen, T., T. Barry, J.J. Taylor, M. Doyle, S. Heiðmarsson, M. Aronsson, C. Cuyler, M. Soloviev, et al.  Developing a circumpolar program for the monitoring of Arctic terrestrial biodiversity. Ambio vol. 49(3), 655-665. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01311-w.

2020*. Jenkins, L.K., T. Barry, K.R. Bosse, W.S. Currie, T. Christensen, S. Longan, R.A. Shuchman, D. Tanzer, and J.J. Taylor.  Satellite-based decadal change assessments of pan-Arctic environments.   Ambio vol. 49(3), 820-832. DOI: 10.1007/s13280-019-01249-z.

2020*. Taylor, J.J., J.P. Lawler, M. Aronsson, T. Barry, A.D. Bjorkman, T. Christensen, S.J. Coulson, C. Cuyler, et al.  Arctic terrestrial biodiversity status and trends: A synopsis of science supporting the CBMP State of Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Report. Ambio vol. 49(3), 833-847. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01303-w.

2018. Reynolds, J.H., E.J. Trammell, and J.J. Taylor. Migration’s Foundation: Ecological Intactness of Alaska’s Ecosystems. Alaska Park Science 17(1), 85-91

 2018*. Trammell, E.J., S.K. Carter, T. Haby, and J.J. Taylor.  Evidence and opportunities for integrating landscape ecology into natural resource planning across multiple-use landscapes.  Current Landscape Ecology Reports 3(1), 1-11.

2017. Welling, L., J. Taylor, D. Payer, L. Phillips, and T. Jones. National Park Service Participation in the Arctic Council.  Alaska Park Science 16(1), 100-105.

2016. Bennetts, R.E., N. Chambers, J. Comiskey, K. James, J. Lawler, K. Legg, E. Matthews, L. Mazzu, Ohms, C. Schreier, and J.J. Taylor. 2016. Integration of science and park management: a framework for partnership. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRSS/NRR—2016/1230. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado.

2016*. Taylor, J.J., C.A. Lepczyk, and D.G. Brown. Patch and matrix level influences on forest birds at the rural-urban interface. Landscape Ecology 31, 1005-1020 (available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-015-0310-5).

2014*. Karl, J.W., J. Taylor, and M. Bobo. A double-sampling approach to deriving training and validation data for remotely-sensed vegetation products. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(5), 1936-1955.

2014*. Haines, S.S., Diffendorfer, J.E., Balistrieri, Berger, Cook, DeAngelis, Doremus, Gautier, Gallegos, et al. A Framework for Quantitative Assessment of Impacts Related to Energy and Mineral Resource Development. Natural Resources Research 23(1), 3-17.

2014. Taylor, J.J., E.J. Kachergis, G.R. Toevs, J.W. Karl, M.R. Bobo, M. Karl, S. Miller, and C.S. Spurrier. AIM-Monitoring: A Component of the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy. BLM Technical Note 445. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO.

2013. Christensen, T., J. Payne, M. Doyle, G. Ibarguchi, J. Taylor, N.M. Schmidt, M. Gill, M. Svoboda, et al. Arctic Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Plan. CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 7. CAFF International Secretariat, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN 978-9935-431-26-4.

2012. Svoboda, M., T. Christensen, E.T. Jorgenson, J.J. Taylor, J.F. Payne, N.M. Schmidt, M. Doyle, Madsen, J. Nymand, and D. Walker. Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Group: Designing an Arctic terrestrial biodiversity monitoring plan: 1st workshop, Hvalsø, Denmark, October 11-13, 2011. CAFF International Secretariat, CAFF Proceedings Series, Report No. 7. ISBN: 978-9935-431-17-2.

2012. Taylor, J., G. Toevs, J. Karl, M. Bobo, M. Karl, S. Miller, and C. Spurrier. 2012. AIM-Monitoring: A Component of the BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring Strategy. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO. Report No. BLM/OC/ST-13/001+1735.

2011. Boone R.B., J.J. Taylor, D.M. Swift, P.H. Evangelista, and E. Hollowed. Developing a Resource Management and Monitoring Protocol for Semiarid Landscapes with Extensive Energy Extraction Potential. BLM Technical Note 439. U.S. Department of the Interior. Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, Colorado. Available online at: http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/techno2.htm.

2011. Christensen, T., J.F. Payne, N.M. Schmidt, J. Madsen, J.J. Taylor, M. Doyle, M. Gill, J. Nymand, et al.  Terrestrial Expert Monitoring Plan – background paper. A supporting publication to the CBMP Framework Document. CAFF International Secretariat, CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 6. ISBN 978-9935-431-11-0.

2011. Mackinnon W.C., J.W. Karl, G.R. Toevs, J.J. Taylor, M. Karl, C.S. Spurrier, and J.E. Herrick. BLM Core Terrestrial Indicators and Methods. BLM Technical Note 440. U.S. Department of Interior,  Bureau of Land Management, National Operations Center, Denver, CO.  Available online at: http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/techno2.htm.

2011. Streever, B., R. Suydam, J.F. Payne, R. Shuchman, R.P. Angliss, Greg Balogh, J. Brown, Grunblatt, et al. Environmental Change and Potential Impacts: Applied Research Priorities for Alaska’s North Slope. Arctic (InfoNorth) 64(3), 390-397.

2011. Toevs, G.R., J.J. Taylor, C. Spurrier, W.C. MacKinnon, and M. Bobo. BLM National Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Strategy for Integrated Renewable Resources Management. U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management, Washington, D.C.

2011*. Toevs, G.R., J.W. Karl, J.J. Taylor, C.S. Spurrier, M. Karl, M.R. Bobo, and J.E. Herrick. Consistent Indicators and Methods and a Scalable Sample Design to Meet Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring Information Needs Across Scales. Rangelands 33(4), 14-20.

2007*. Taylor, J.J., D.G. Brown, and L. Larsen. Preserving natural features: A GIS-based evaluation of a local open-space ordinance. Landscape and Urban Planning 82(1-2), 1-16.

Contributed Reports

2018. Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program Strategic Plan: 2018-2021, CAFF Monitoring Series Report No. 29. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Akureyri, Iceland. ISBN: 978-9935-431-71-4. Available online at https://caff.is/monitoring-series/all-monitoring-documents/455-circumpolar-biodiversity-monitoring-program-strategic-plan-2018-2021-arctic.

2018. Arctic Cumulative Impacts Workshop Final Report. U.S. Department of the Interior, 41 pp. Available online at https://irma.nps.gov/DataStore/Reference/Profile/2257935.

2016. Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), National Science and Technology Council, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC, 76 pp. (Research Goal 7: Advance an Integrated, Landscape-scale Understanding of Arctic Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems and the Potential for Future Change.) Available online at https://www.iarpccollaborations.org/plan/index.html.

2013. Mojave Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1521/ML15211A622.pdf.

2012. A.2.4 Framework for Developing a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Plan for the BLM’s Solar Energy Program in Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States.  Available online at http://solareis.anl.gov/documents/fpeis/index.cfm.

2012. Central Basin and Range Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://landscape.blm.gov/REA_General_Docs/CBR_1_ReportBody.pdf.

2012. Seward Peninsula – Nulato Hills – Kotzebue Lowlands Rapid Ecoregional Assessment. Available online at https://landscape.blm.gov/REA_General_Docs/SNK_REA_Final_Report.pdf.