Jason J. Taylor has been selected as the chief of natural resource management at Cape Cod National Seashore.
Prior to his selection, Jason served as a landscape ecologist with the Bureau of Land Management at their National Operations Center in Denver. Jason was raised in Michigan and earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.
Jason has had a wide range of experience in resource management. He was involved with landscape scale assessment, inventory and monitoring activities, served as a renewable resources supervisor and natural resources specialist, and studied the effects of urbanization and landscape change on forest birds. Jason also served as acting deputy director for the Alaska North Slope Science Initiative and as a U.S. team member for the Arctic Council Circumpolar Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Program. Prior to joining the Department of the Interior, Jason was the president and founder of a private GIS/GPS consulting firm.
“Jason brings a tremendous background in field science and resource management and a strong collaborative focus with him to this position," said George Price, the park's superintendent. "He is interested in applying his experience in a leadership capacity and working with the resource management team and other programs, internally and externally, to continue the development of strong programs at the seashore. Jason will be a major asset to our senior management team and we are glad he is on board.”
“I am excited to join the National Park Service and an exceptional team of scientists, educators, and managers," said Taylor. "The array of natural resources, cultural amenities, and public use and partnership opportunities at the national seashore is truly inspirational.”
Taylor fills the position vacated by Shelley Hall, who was selected to be the superintendent of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Jason and his wife Jennifer will be living on Cape Cod with their Labrador retriever, Dash. They are looking forward to exploring the communities, history, and natural resources of the Outer and Lower Cape.