Jut Wynne holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (emphasis: community ecology and cave biology) from Northern Arizona University (NAU),  an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy (emphasis: wildlife ecology and remote sensing) from NAU, a UNESCO/ Cousteau Certificate in Ecotechnie from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, and a B.S. in Communications (with a minor in Anthropology) from Georgia Southern University.

Jut has authored or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed papers (1 in review) and over 50 other publications on a range of topics including wildlife-habitat modeling, cave biology, NASA education programs, and cave detection techniques for Earth, the Moon, and Mars. He is also a guest writer for Scientific American. Jut is a Fulbright Scholar, a fellow of The Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, and an elected member of  Sigma Xi.


Summary of academic expertise and training:

  • Modeling and interpreting distribution patterns of individual species.
  • Statistical analyses (using R, JMP and PC-ORD) for understanding and interpreting ecological structure 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 aircraft for imagery acquisition for global processes studies.