Jay is Blue Ridge Discovery Center's connection with public land managers and academia. He is responsible for implementing wildlife projects and internal research as well as fostering land management and research partnerships. Having served 17 years as a wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service, he has studied a broad range of taxa including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. He draws on his land management and collaboration skills to successfully build partnerships within the Blue Ridge. He studies and shares his observations of nature while engaging the community in citizen science and by presenting results. By taking this approach to research, he fosters curiosity, discovery and stewardship in participants through the wonders this biologically rich area provides.