MicroscopeJut.jpgJut Wynne’s research interests include biogeography of wildlife and insects, landscape ecology, wildlife-habitat modeling, cave and evolutionary biology, and cave detection techniques for Earth, the Moon, and Mars.  He has worked closely with researchers throughout the southwestern U.S., Hawaii, Easter Island and Chile.

He has conducted projects with NASA, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and CONAF-Chile (both Parque Nacional Rapa Nui and Parque Nacional Valle de la Luna).  Regarding ecological research, his primary goal is to contribute significantly to the conservation and management of the world’s sensitive animal and insect populations, while providing good science and timely information to assist land managers.  Concerning space exploration, Jut is passionate about providing information and ideas that will help propel humankind to explore the caves of Mars and other planetary bodies.

Summary of skill set:

  • Modeling and interpreting distribution patterns of individual species.
  • Statistical analyses (using R and JMP) including non-parametric and parametric tests for studying communities and wildlife-habitat relationships.
  • Development and evaluation of digital elevation models, vegetation models, and remote sensing imagery for land cover analysis and habitat modeling (using ArcGIS and ERDAS Imagine).
  • Experimental and sampling design for numerous studies to understand distributions of wildlife and arthropod populations.
  • Expertise in developing sampling protocols for measuring various habitat parameters.
  • Wildlife field sampling expertise: bat capture, handling and identification; small and medium sized mammal capture, tagging and handling; bird census, capture, handling and identification; and, venomous and non-venomous reptile capture and handling.
  • Knowledge of a range of techniques for sampling, trapping, and identifying wildlife and arthropods.
  • Expertise studying cave microclimates and thermal behavior of caves (including thermal and visible imagery acquisition, interpretation and analysis).
  • Mission planning related to conducting field expeditions around the world, as well as, coordinating aircrafts for imagery acquisition for global processes studies.