Jon Atwood is the Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 30 years, specializing in integrating behavioral studies of rare and endangered bird species with habitat conservation planning.
After completing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in southern California, he moved to the East coast in 1986. While working at Manomet Bird Observatory (now Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences) during the early 1990’s he collaborated in the analysis of the first 30 years of Manomet’s landbird banding effort, spearheaded federal protection of the California Gnatcatcher under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, led a long-term study of factors affecting Least Tern colony site selection, and contributed to early studies of Bicknell’s Thrush in New England.
From 1998-2011 he directed the Conservation Biology Program at Antioch University, New England, taught classes in Ornithology, Ecological Research Design, and GIS, and mentored over 70 graduate students working on various wildlife studies. During 2011-2013 he worked as Science Director at Biodiversity Research Institute in southern Maine.
He has led field trips in Mexico (Yucatan and Baja California), Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador (Galapagos and Amazon), Peru (Amazon and Cusco), Kenya, the Gaspe Peninsula, California, Arizona, Montana, and Maine.