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James D. Murdoch (Jed)

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Jed releasing a corsac fox (Vulpes corsac) in Mongolia. Credit: R. Reading

I am a native Vermonter and was born and raised in Chittenden County. I completed a B.A. in biology from Colorado College in 1996. After graduating, I worked for Conservation International – a non-profit biodiversity conservation group, where I organized, managed, and participated in rapid ecological assessments of threatened ecosystems.

I then moved to Africa and managed an African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) research project in the Okavango Delta of Botswana for two-years. Afterwards, I completed a MSc. in biological sciences at the University of Denver. My research focused on the behavioral ecology of San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica) in California and occurred in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and Endangered Species Recovery Program.

I then developed a carnivore research project in Mongolia in partnership with the Denver Zoo and Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The project focused on understanding the community ecology of steppe carnivores like the corsac fox (Vulpes corsac), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), badger (Meles leucurus), and Pallas' cat (Otocolobus manul) and developing conservation measures to better protect them. I completed my doctorate through the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford. My research examined interspecific relationships between corsac and red foxes.

I joined the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program of The Rubenstein School in August 2009.

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