2013-Present: PhD student, Institute of Zoology and University College London.
2010-2012: National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, GIS Intern Team Coordinator.
2008-2010: MEM, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.
2007-2008: Environmental Planner, Planning Department, City of St. Paul, MN.
2006: Wildlife Biologist Intern, Arizona Strip BLM Field Office.
2002-2006: BA in Biology and Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College.
My career goal is to support the preservation of carnivores and my research interests are tethered to that goal. My current interests are fourfold: modeling species distributions and their applicability in endangered species management, exploring connectivity modeling processes and their relationship to reality, spatial modeling of human-carnivore conflicts and the ability to identify conflict hotspots, and lastly, understanding perceptions of human-wildlife conflict and how they influence carnivore conservation. These represent the primary topics in my dissertation work.
Dr. Sarah Durant, ZSL and WCS.
Dr. Mat Disney, UCL.
Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli, ZSL.
Dr. Philip Lewis, UCL.
The Size of Savannah Africa: A Lion’s View. Presented at the Re-Mapping Africa in GIS: From Humanities to Health, Harvard University, 2012.
Utilizing Google Earth to document land cover changes to unprecedented levels: A case-study in West and Central Africa. Presented at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Auckland, New Zealand, 2011.
A.P. Jacobson, M.E. Cattau, J.S. Riggio, L.S. Petracca, and D.A. Fedak. (2013) Distribution of lions in northwest Tete Province, Mozambique. Tropical Conservation Science 6(1): 87-107.
J. Riggio, A. Jacobson, L. Dollar, H. Bauer, M. Becker, A. Dickman, P. Funston, R. Groom, P. Henschel, H. de Iongh, L. Lichtenfeld, and S. Pimm. (2013) The size of savannah Africa: a lion’s view. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 17-35.
S. Durant, N. Pettorelli, S. Bashir, T. Wacher, P. de Ornellas, C. Ransom, T. Abaigar, M. Abdelgadir, H. el Alqamy, M. Beddiaf, F. Belbachir, A. Belbachir-Basi, A. Berbash, R. Beudels-Jamar, L. Boitani, C. Breitenmoser, M. Cano, P. Chardonnet, B. Collen, W. Cornforth, F. Cuzin, P. Gerngross, B. Haddane, M. Hadjeloum, A. Jacobson, A. Jebali, F. Lamarque, D. Mallon, K. Minkowski, S. Monfort, B. Ndoassal, J. Newby, B. Ngakoutou, B. Niagate, G. Purchase, S. Samaila, A. Samna, C. Sillero-Zubiri, A. Soultan, M. Stanley Price, J. Baillie. (2012) Forgotten biodiversity in desert ecosystems. Science 336: 1379-1380.