Jason received his B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College. Prior to graduate school, Jason served as a groundfish observer in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska on multiple boats. Jason received his M.S. in Biology from Montana State University, and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from Purdue University (2005). During his 20 years as a field biologist, Jason has studied fish and invertebrates in multiple types of aquatic habitats including, streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Jason was a faculty member of the Biology Department at Winthrop University before joining the NWFSC in in 2010.
Jason works on a variety of topics related to analysis of data collected by the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program including groundfish stock assessments, marine mammal and seabird monitoring, and developing models for the Pacific Fishery Management Council¿s Groundfish Management Team. In addition, Jason is currently collaborating on a project to understand the spatial, temporal, environmental, and social aspects of trawl fishery bycatch and the ecological and economic consequences of ITQ fisheries.