Jason Carlisle is a Research Biometrician with expertise in wildlife ecology, GIS, and statistics. Jason initially joined the WEST team part-time in 2016 and began his current role in 2017. Jason earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Science and GIS from Utah State University and a Ph.D. degree in Ecology and Statistics from the University of Wyoming. His dissertation focused on the effects of sage-grouse conservation on > 50 sagebrush-associated wildlife species. Jason has nearly 10 years of experience working with a variety of state and federal agencies, as well as industry, university, and conservation organizations. His past work has focused on the ecology and conservation of birds, but has included diverse taxa (e.g., birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, and plants) in the intermountain West.
Jason has taught workshops and university coursework on topics including R programming, GIS and spatial analysis, wildlife identification and ecology, and distance sampling. He has given or contributed to > 40 research presentations (several of which won awards) at scientific conferences, university seminars, and in public outreach through non-profit conservation groups. Jason has authored several peer-reviewed articles and technical reports, and he contributes to a handful of R packages for ecological data analysis. Jason works on a variety of projects at WEST, and he enjoys the exciting interface of basic ecology, applied wildlife management, biological statistics, and GIS. Current areas of interest include bootstrapping and simulation, spatial analysis, hierarchical models, survival analysis, and abundance estimation.