Jared Underwood

Lab Member Fall 2004 – Fall 2007

Currently at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The intersection between science and resource management is of utmost importance to the conservation of biological diversity. Natural resource managers and academic scientists often fail to communicate in applying scientific findings to policy decisions or recommendations. The field of conservation biology strives to link these two disciplines and create a management framework to preserve the world’s biodiversity.

The goal of Jared’s PhD research was to help develop the necessary tools that will allow resource managers to make informed decisions on how to best protect biodiversity. His objective was to create a decision framework that would allow mangers to make appropriate decisions based on what aspects of biodiversity they hope to preserve. Jared tested various methods used for designating conservation areas as well as developing a framework that would help managers optimally inventory and monitor areas under their administration.

As a case study in developing these tools, Jared used small mammals found in the state of Arizona as a model system. As part of this research he also worked with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish to create a statewide small mammal conservation plan.