Jason Estes

Jason Estes, MS Student
Conservation Biology

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Research Interests

How were you involved with CTEC?
I was a CTEC student and a CTEC employee as a research assistant.

How did your training/experience with CTEC influence you, provide an opportunity, or help you get where you are today?
My thesis work, under CTEC, definitely helped me get into my current PhD program where I am continuing to work in the tropics.

How did your education at Antioch help you prepare for your current job?
Antioch helped me to hone in on my conservation interests and develop important field skills.

Education

Antioch University New England
Keene, NH
Fall 2006Present
MS in Environmental Studies – Conservation Biology
University of Massachusetts
PhD Candidate in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

Wheaton College
Norton, MA
BA in Conservation Biology, May 2004
GPA 3.56
Honors:

  • Received Balfour Scholarship for academics, leadership, and merit
  • Dean’s List spring 2001fall 2004
  • Awarded Wheaton Fellowship stipend to fieldwork, summer 2003
  • Magna cum laude

Murdoch University
Perth, Australia
Spring 2003

School for International Training (SIT)
Tanzania, East Africa
Fall 2002
Foreign languages: French (comprehension), Kiswahili (conversation)


Experience

Keeper/Supervisor
Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School, Millbrook, NY
June 2004June 2006

  • Coordinate and oversee student zookeepers to ensure high quality care for all zoo animals
  • Assist zoo veterinarians with necropsies, surgeries, routine checks, and emergencies
  • Train and supervise volunteers
  • Monitor health and care for sick or injured zoo animals
  • Rehabilitate wildlife
  • Feed and care for all zoo and rehab animals during school breaks
  • Design, build, and maintain exhibits
  • Act as an advisor for two students
  • Coach JV basketball
  • Oversee a boys dormitory

Volunteer
Red Ape Encounters (RAE), Sukau Village, Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo
Summer 2005

  • Wrote a guide to train new guides about the natural history, wildlife species, local traditions, local legends, etc. of the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain
  • Found and mapped out 15 stations where RAE will bring new tourists
  • Tracked orangutan in the forest with local research assistants
  • Guided tourists and collected wild seedlings to restore disturbed areas of the rainforest
  • Spoke to local school groups about wildlife conservation
  • Worked with staff members to improve their spoken English skills

Substitute Teacher, Middle and High Schools
Maine School Administrative District #22
Hampden and Winterport, ME
20002004

  • Substitute for math, science, social studies, library, and Resource Room

Assistant Basketball Coach
Maine School Administrative District #22
Hampden, ME
January 2004

  • Ran drills, developed sportsmanship, fine-tuned plays, and co-ran practices

College Advising Center, Preceptor
Wheaton College
Norton, MA
20012002

  • Mentored first year students on academics, college life, and personal issues; ran workshops on study skills

Senior Jobs Coordinator, Filene Center for Work and Learning
Wheaton College
Norton, MA
20002004

  • Researched job opportunities for seniors
  • Posted jobs around campus and on Filene Center’s database
  • Served as a reference, aid, and contact person for seniors looking for jobs through the center

Field Work Experience
Tanzania, East Africa
Independent study project dealing with road kill pressure on mammal and avian species using important wildlife travel routes
NovemberDecember 2002

  • Mapped coordinates of road kill using GPS
  • Lived and worked in remote areas in order to collect data
  • Collected samples of hair and feathers for records
  • Estimated vegetation and human development along the road transect

Field Assistant for a project on the effects of human development around lakes in the state of Maine
Summer 2003

  • Collected water chemistry samples
  • Trapped fish and other aquatic organisms using a variety of trapping techniques
  • Recorded data on data sheets and organized, identified, and packaged samples
  • Brainstormed ways to improve sampling methods, organize data, and cope with technical problems
  • Loaded, unloaded, and drove a variety of boats
  • Used GPS and site maps to find predetermined randomized test sites
  • Camped in remote areas to increase productivity of data collection

Studied Abroad on a field studies program for wildlife ecology and conservation in Tanzania, East Africa
SeptemberDecember 2002

  • Worked on a variety of short field study projects and learned varying methodologies and techniques for data collection
  • Learned Kiswahili during an intensive language study, by living with Tanzanian families, and through general use
  • Worked both with animals and plants in forests and savannas