A self-proclaimed “quantitative ornithologist,” Jason joined the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in January 2015 as a post-doctoral researcher. A lifelong birder and naturalist, Jason followed graduation from the University of Montana (BS, Wildlife Biology) with a series of wildlife-based adventures that found him monitoring sea otters in California, tracking endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers in Florida, and researching House Wrens at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. On Maui, his crew was tasked with capturing the three remaining po’ouli: a Hawaiian honeycreeper that is now thought to be extinct. Jason investigated the post-fledgling ecology of Saltmarsh Sparrows at the University of Connecticut (MS, Ecology), and completed his PhD with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, studying the population ecology of grassland sparrows following experimental manipulation. During a cooperative post-doc between the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Jason estimated the effects of landscape changes from Marcellus natural gas development on the populations of interior forest and grassland bird species.
Here at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Jason will be helping to launch a nationwide project studying the migration ecology of Upland Sandpipers and Grasshopper Sparrows using GPS tags and light-level geolocators. Jason will also collaborate on a number of other VCE research initiatives, including the Upper Valley Grassland Ambassadors project.
In his free time, Jason serves as an eBird coordinator for Central Pennsylvania and enjoys chasing birds and outdoor sports—anything to get outside and on the trails. More days than not, you can find him ascending rock walls with his permanent belay partner: his wife, Katie.
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- Mark‐resight abundance estimation under incomplete identification of marked individuals. McClintock, BT, JM Hill, L Fritz, K Chumbley, K Luxa, and DR Diefenbach. 2014. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5(12): 1294-1304.
- Occupancy patterns of regionally declining grassland sparrow populations in a forested Pennsylvania landscape. 2014. Hill, JM and DR Diefenbach. Conservation biology 28(3): 735-744.
- Habitat availability is a more plausible explanation than insecticide acute toxicity for US grassland bird species declines. 2014. Hill, JM, JF Egan, GE Stauffer, and DR Diefenbach. PloS one 9(5): e98064.
- On the persistence of Cenococcum geophilum ectomycorrhizas and its implications for forest carbon and nutrient cycles. 2013. Fernandez, CW, ML McCormack, JM Hill, SG Pritchard, and RT Koide. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 65: 141-143.
- Experimental removal of woody vegetation does not increase nesting success or fledgling production in two grassland sparrows (Ammodramus) in Pennsylvania. 2013. Hill, JM, and DR Diefenbach. The Auk 130(4): 764-773.
- Male-skewed sex ratio in Saltmarsh Sparrow nestlings. Hill, JM, J Walsh, A. Kovach, and CS Elphick. 2013. The Condor 115(2): 411-420.