Jane grew up moving around the U.S., living in Ohio, Illinois, Washington, and New Hampshire. She was fortunate to grow up in a family that camped and boated around all of these unique places, and she found her love of nature while exploring these varied landscapes.
She completed her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from North Carolina State University and then worked in wildlife policy research and reform for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. She completed her M.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University, where she focused her thesis research on wildlife conservation economics. She then spent two years in Mobile, Alabama, where she worked on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Jane completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida. During her dissertation research and into her Postdoctoral appointment at UF, Jane studied the distribution, spatial ecology, population growth, and potential environmental and human health impacts of non-native monkey populations in Florida. She also taught courses in Environmental Science and Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management.
Jane is particularly interested in interactions of humans with other mammals and how culture, policy, and economics influence mammal ecology and management. She is now an Assistant Professor of Research working in the Feline Research Program at CKWRI, where she is overseeing a project funded by the Texas Department of Transportation to provide guidance on where to build wildlife crossings to protect the endangered ocelot.