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Jeff Martin

Profile picture of Jeff in the field.


Director of Research

Office Building


Mailing Address

SDSU West River Ag Center
711 N Creek Dr
Rapid City, SD 57703


Dr. Jeff Martin is the Director of Research for the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies at the West River Research and Extension Center in Rapid City, SD. His research is interdisciplinary across wildlife biology, climatology, and human dimensions to answer questions of wildlife conservation and production in a changing world. Dr. Martin's research on bison is at the nexus of two paradigms: changing climate and changing cultural values. His goal is to merge understanding of conservation science with direct stakeholder engagement to improve conservation for wildlife across working and natural lands. He explores both direct and indirect drivers and consequences of body size change using bison from the Great Plains as a focal species. Dr. Martin's research aims to include bison manager interests that represent these diverse sectors of private, public, Tribal, and NGO bison herds.



Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, 2020
M.S. from East Tennessee State University, 2014
B.S. from East Tennesse State University, 2012

Academic Interests/Expertise

Climate Change
Wildlife Conservation
Livestock and Grassland Production
Vertebrate paleontology
Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Awards and Honors

Young Explorer, The Explorers Club
Honorary Lifetime Memberr, Western Bison Association
Graduate Student of the Year (2014), Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University


Rolex-Explorers Grant, The Explorers Club

Professional Memberships

American Society of Mammalogists
The Wildlife Society
Ecological Society of America
British Ecological Socity of America
National Bison Association
Western Bison Association
Minnesota Bison Association

Work Experience

20 years experience working with bison



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