Jon Skaggs

Degree: Master of Science in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development

Thesis: Spatial conservation prioritization in a freshwater biodiversity hotspot, the Upper Coosa River System

What has become your favorite quote?

“A land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land–community to plain member and citizen of it.”

– Aldo Leopold

What was your greatest epiphany in the last two years related to pursuing your degree?

Maybe not the greatest epiphany, but one epiphany: aquatic biodiversity in the Southeast is totally amazing and totally underrated!

What would be your ideal job in life?

I’d like to make a positive impact on people and the environment. And have fun along the way.

What was your coolest/most surprising research finding?

I explored some exciting new ways to make quantitative conservation planning more targeted and more accessible.

Share advice you would give somebody entering graduate school:

Seek opportunities for diverse experiences: always say ‘yes’ to helping out on others’ projects.

What are your immediate next steps (within the next few months)? ​

I will join the Travis Devault lab at SREL as a lab manager.

Congratulations, Jon!​

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