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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan                                                                                     August 2023 - Present

Doctoral Degree in Resource Ecology and Management

Columbia University, New York, New York                                                                               September 2019 – May 2021

Master of Arts Degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology


Columbia University, New York, New York

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science                                                               September 2015 – May 2019


Princeton/Columbia, Laikipia, Kenya

Tropical and Conservation Biology Field Program                                                                     February 2018 – May 2018

Research, Field, and Professional Experience

Suisun Resource Conservation District                                                 

Data Analyst/Wildlife Biologist                                                                                                  November 2021 – July 2023

  • Coordinated and conducted the first ever rangewide survey of the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse alongside a collaboration of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and private entities.

  • Created a model to identify the extent and distribution of the invasive Common Reed (Phragmites australis) in Suisun Marsh from 2003-2020 using remote sensing imagery. The products of this historical analysis are being used to guide current and future management practices.

  • Used LiDAR data to model the habitat selection of the salt marsh harvest mouse through an advanced analysis of vegetation structure.


Columbia University, New York, New York                                                        

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                         January 2021 – April 2021

  • Served as the TA for Linda Pistolesi's undergraduate sustainable development course "GIS for Sustainable Development"

  • Assisted with course organization and logistics, grading assignments, and leading review sessions.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies                                                        

Catskills Research Fellow                                                                                                     February 2020 – January 2021

  • Designed a project in collaboration with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to reduce human-black bear conflict in the Catskills by improving the education of short-term visitors to the region.

  • Modeled and created a map of human-black bear interactions in New York to aid in conflict management.

  • Secured ~$15,000 in funding for the project, designed surveys and educational materials, and assisted the DEC with field work.


Columbia University, New York, New York                                                        

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                          January 2020 – May 2020

  • Served as the TA for Dr. Lisa Dale’s undergraduate sustainable development course “Public Lands in the American West”.

  • Assisted with course organization and logistics, grading assignments, and leading review sessions.


American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

Research Experience                                                                                                                    September 2018 – Present

  • Formulated an undergraduate research thesis in environmental science under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne Macey (AMNH).

  • Analyzed the home ranges of wood turtles at a nature preserve in Connecticut to help better inform conservation management practices.

  • Continuing work aims to reorganize my thesis into two or more manuscripts for publication.


Center for Global Engagement, Columbia University, New York

Peer Advisor for the Columbia in Kenya Program (paid, part-time)                                     September 2018 – May 2019

  • Assisted the CGE with managing their Columbia in Kenya program. Gave presentations to classes and helped interested students during all parts of the study abroad process: applying, preparing for travel to Africa, and returning to the States. 


Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York

Research Assistant (paid, part-time)                                                                                             June 2018 – August 2018

  • Worked in Dr. Kevin Uno’s Paleoecology lab.

  • Assisted on projects including: creating a biomarker record of vegetation change in East Africa, improving understanding the lifestyles of Pliocene Anthracotheriidae.

  • Introduced to laboratory equipment including: mass spectrometer and the accelerated solvent extractor (ASE).


Mpala Research Center, Laikipia, Kenya

Study Abroad Experience                                                                                                             February 2018 – May 2018

  • Participated in three months of intensive environmental biology field courses such as “Communities and Conservation” and “Natural History of Mammals”.

  • Created and conducted several applicable research projects that were presented to conservancy managers, government officials, and community leaders. Examples include: “Designing a mobile app to incentivize strategic crop choices by creating a niche market for ‘elephant-friendly’ products as a way to combat human-elephant conflict” and “Effects of megaherbivores on the vegetation and wildlife in Lewa Conservancy”.

  • Studied under the guidance of renowned conservationists and scientists including Dr. Paula Kahumbu and Dr. Daniel Rubenstein.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York

Research Assistant (paid, part-time)                                                                                  October 2017 – December 2017

  • Worked in Dr. Steve Goldstein’s lab under the direction of postdoc Karla Knudson.

  • Introduced to the basics of isotope geochemistry and foraminifera analysis.


Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven

Unpaid Summer Research Intern (unpaid, part-time)                                                           May 2017 – September 2017

  • Worked in Dr. Graeme Berlyn’s Plant Ecology lab.

  • Assisted on projects including assessing the effects of sound on photosynthesis and determining the consequences of nitrogen compounds in fertilizer on the growth of radishes.

Conference Abstracts & Presentations

76th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference

Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Virtual Conference                                                           April 2021

  • Hagani, J.S., Kross, S.M, Clark, M., Wynn-Grant, R., Blair, M. "Mapping and modeling human-black bear interactions in the Catskills region of New York." Invited presenter and panelist at the special symposium: "Bear-Human Conflict Management in Northeast."

Student Conference on Conservation Science

American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York                                                                           October 2019

  • Hagani, J.S., Macey, S.K, Palmer, M.I., Foley, J., Seewagen, C. “Home ranges and movement patterns of wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Connecticut and the use of rarefaction for improving study design.” Poster presentation.

Published Papers and Manuscripts Reviewed

Scientific Publication                                                                                                                                             August 2023

  • Takekawa, J.Y., Hagani, J.S., Edmunds, T.J., Collins, J.M., Chappell, S.C., and Reynolds, W.H. 2023. The sky is not the limit: use of a spray drone for the precise application of herbicide and control of an invasive plant in managed wetlands. Remote Sensing 15(15): 

Scientific Publication                                                                                                                                                 June 2023

  • Hagani, J.S., Takekawa, J.Y., Chappell, S.C., Tanner, R.L., Ernst, A.R., and Kettnring, K.M. 2023. A remote sensing approach to assess the historical invasion of Phragmites australis in a brackish coastal marsh. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 11: 


Scientific Publication                                                                                                                                       December 2021

  • Hagani J.S., Macey S.K., Foley J.D., and Seewagen C.L. 2021. Movement ecology of the imperiled wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) in a lower Hudson River watershed. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 20(2): 281-289. 


Scientific Publication                                                                                                                                      September 2021

  • Hagani, J.S., Kross, S.M., Clark, M., Wynn-Grant, R., and Blair, M. 2021. Mapping and modeling human-black bear interactions in the Catskills region of New York using resource selection probability functions. PLOS ONE 16(9): e0257716. 

Proposal Review                                                                                                                                                        April 2023

  • Anonymous review for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Manuscript Review                                                                                                                                              January 2023

  • Anonymous review for Chelonian Conservation and Biology


Manuscript Review                                                                                                                                                    June 2020

  • Anonymous review for the Journal of Applied Ecology

Manuscript Review                                                                                                                                             February 2020

  • Anonymous review for the Journal of Ecology & Evolution

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

Bentley Holden Scholarship at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies ($2,300)

Bentley Holden Fund                                                                                                                                       November 2020

  • “Reducing Human-Black Bear Interactions in the Catskills through the Improved Education of Transient Visitors”

Earth Institute Travel Grant ($750)

Columbia University Earth Institute                                                                                                                      March 2020

  • “Predicting Hotspots of Human-Grizzly Bear Conflict in the Wild Passage Triangle of Montana”

Columbia E3B Research Grant ($1,500)

Columbia University E3B Department                                                                                                                  March 2020

  • “Evaluating Ranchers' Perceptions of Livestock Compensation Programs in the Western United States”


Cary Institute Research Fellowship ($14,487)

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies                                                                                                                February 2020

  • “Reducing Human-Black Bear Interactions in the Catskills through the Improved Education of Transient Visitors”


Walter C. Pitman III Award ($1,000)

Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University                                                              May 2019

  • “Home Ranges and Movement Patterns of Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Connecticut and the Use of Rarefaction for Improving Tracking Study Design”


Geographic Information Systems: ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGIS

Coding: R-Studio

Photography: Camera mastery, social media (Instagram: @jayhagani_photography), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom

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