Jeff received his B.S. Degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He later received his M.S. Degree in Wildlife Science at Texas Tech University where he studied the use of Chihuahuan Desert arroyos and adjacent uplands by migrant and breeding birds in southern New Mexico. After graduating, he began working as a Wildlife Biologist at the Yakima Training Center where he monitored Sage Grouse, conducted raptor and non-game bird surveys, and was involved with restoration of seeps, springs, and riparian areas. In his current position as a TFW Wildlife Biologist, he reviews Forest Practice Applications that occurr within the ceded lands of the Yakama Nation to make sure wildlife resources important to the tribe are being protected during timber harvesting. This involves making recommendations to landowners for protection of habitat that is important to cavity-nesting birds, winter areas for elk/deer, and species of concern such as the Northern Goshawk, western gray squirrel, and Northern Spotted Owl.
Since 2003, Jeff also has been involved with field research regarding the reproductive biology of the White-headed Woodpecker, other cavity-nesting birds, and Neotropical migrants in managed ponderosa pine stands of south-central Washington. His main research interest focuses on how habitat variables influence avian nest survival.