In 2002, Justin Vreeland, originally from Vermont, earned a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park. In May 1994, he was awarded bachelor’s degrees in both wildlife management and forestry from the University of Maine at Orono. In 2008, Justin was recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. Justin’s expertise is in habitat biology, particularly silvicultural applications for wildlife management; technical editing; and GIS applications. His experience includes capture and immobilization of large mammals, live-trapping small mammals, statistical and GIS analyses, and use of radio-telemetry and global positioning devices. Recent interests include vernal pool conservation and landscape ecology.
Vreeland’s employment history includes work as a wildlife research associate with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State on snowshoe hare, black bear, and white-tailed deer studies. As a graduate research assistant he conducted a 2-year study of survival rates of white-tailed fawns. Prior to Penn State, he spent nearly 5 years as a staff research associate for the University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo. In addition to assisting in design, development, and implementation, he was responsible for all statistical analyses and database management for studies of relative abundance, habitat associations, and response to fire of small mammals, songbirds, herptofauna, and invertebrates; nest characteristics of red-tailed hawks; and development of a method to index woodrat abundance. During and immediately following his undergraduate studies, Justin held fisheries, wildlife, and ecological technical positions for federal and state agencies or universities in Vermont, North Dakota, and Maine. Justin is very active in Wildlife Society activities, having served on executive boards at chapter and section levels for several years.