As Director of the Diagnostics & Design Team within the Environmental Defense Fund's Fishery Solutions Center, Jake leads a multidisciplinary group of experts dedicated to examining and overcoming the barriers to sustainable fishing while developing durable systems to improve fishery performance. Under his guidance, the team diagnoses and designs scientific and data systems, policy frameworks, harvest management strategies, spatial management plans and other systems founded upon deep understanding of the biological, social and economic drivers of fisheries.
Jake provides regular fishery management expertise to a number of stakeholders and policymakers through service on several technical and advisory committees. He is also an expert on spatial ecology and edited the book, Marine Metapopulations, which was the first to systematically apply metapopulation theory directly to marine systems. Jake joined EDF as the first Dennis Puleston Fellow, honoring the founding trustee of the organization. Prior to joining EDF, Jake graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Biology, earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from James Cook University in Australia, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor in Canada. Jake lives in Boston with his wife, Brooke, and his energetic and adorable daughter, Rosa.