Jason Isabelle graduated with a Master's in Forest Wildlife Management from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture (ATCOFA). As a Resource Scientist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Jason manages the state’s ruffed grouse and wild turkey populations. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical analysis software, he can turn data collected from the field into science-based recommendations. He frequently presents his knowledge to the public in presentations, designs research projects, and writes in professional publications.
Jason credits the courses he took for providing him the knowledge necessary to perform his job for the people of Missouri. Jason had been employed as a field-based research technician through ATCOFA many times. He finds the hands on experiences he amassed from those jobs to be critical in the wildlife field. He says that spending most of his youth outdoors led him to decide on a natural resource career early in his life. He recommends that future wildlife managers to work extremely hard at school, get to know other wildlife managers, get as much hands-on experience as possible, and learn new skills to set themselves apart in the highly competitive but highly rewarding field of wildlife management.