Jonathan is a Conservation Biologist and Herpetologist with ten years of academic, volunteer and professional experience working with Ontario reptiles and amphibians. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology (2007) and a Masters in Landscape Architecture (2011) both from the University of Guelph. His MLA thesis was focused on identifying habitat corridors for Massasauga Rattlesnakes in a fragmented, urban landscape. His interests include conservation biology, urban herpetology and ecological design. His overarching goal is to combine his academic training in biology and landscape architecture to design and create landscapes where our herpetofauna populations are restored and reconnected.
As a volunteer, Jonathan has assisted a number of organizations in various capacities, but mostly with regards to conducting herpetofaunal surveys. Examples include assisting Parks Canada with mark recapture surveys for Lake Erie Watersnakes on Middle Island and assisting the Ministry of Natural Resources with cover board surveys for Massasauga at Wainfleet bog. Jonathan and Tom Preney, of the Ojibway Nature Centre, co-coordinate the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas in Essex County. Jonathan is currently on the Board of Directors (Secretary) of the Canadian Herpetological Society.
As a professional, Jonathan has been employed by NGOs such as Wildlife Preservation Canada and the Huron Stewardship Network to work on the recovery of a variety of species at risk reptiles. Currently, Jonathan is the principal of Scc Ecological, a small research and design firm based in Windsor, ON. In this capacity, his primary mandate is to contribute to the recovery of Canadian herpetofauna, and specifically, the unique assemblage residing within the Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem of the Ojibway Prairie Remnants, in Windsor-LaSalle. Recent and current clients include Environment Canada, Huron Stewardship Network, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Ojibway Defence. Jonathan is proud to be working with Wildlife Preservation Canada on efforts to recover the Ojibway Prairie population of Massasauga.
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