Toby Jacobs, MS Candidate

Toby Jacobs, MS CandidateConservation Biology
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Research Interests

My main research interests are mangrove and cloud forest ecology. I’ve lived and traveled in the Neotropics (mostly Costa Rica and Honduras) off and on for the last five years pursuing those very subjects. In 2008, I co-started Guanaja Mangrove Restoration, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to replanting mangroves on Isla de Guanaja, Honduras. I think that tropical regions worldwide are of crucial importance as the earth’s systems are continually stressed, and it will take a concerted effort from all conservationists to preserve the extraordinary level of diversity that currently exists.


Education

Antioch University New England, Keene, NH
MS Candidate Conservation Biology
August 2010–present

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
BS Biology
August 2002–May 2006


Work/Research/Field Experience

Guanaja Mangrove Restoration
Co-Director, August 2008–present
Portland, ME

  • Started non-profit from ground up, including incorporating and securing
    fiscal sponsorship
  • Organized planting sessions in Guanaja, Honduras for winter 2008, 2009 and summer and winter 2010
  • Supervised and worked with local and American volunteers to plant R. mangle propagules
  • Responsible for all grant-writing and fundraising

East West Technical Services
NOAA Fishery Observer, January 2008–April 2009

  • Collected bycatch and economic data on scallop boats
  • Prepared detailed data reports for government research and records

Reserva Cloudbridge, Costa Rica
Volunteer Researcher, November 2006–March 2007, January–March 2009

  • Various biological research projects involving monitoring of recovering pasture land
  • Aided in community initiatives, such as recycling program and wall construction
  • Projects included: field assistance on Smithsonian Hectare project, photomonitoring, biomonitoring, anuran diversity survey, and chiropteran diversity survey

Available Papers

A Survey of Anuran Distribution in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest

Herbivory in Forest Light Gaps in Monteverde, Costa Rica