Jonathan C. Slaght received an undergraduate degree in Russian Language from Drew University (Madison, NJ, USA) in 1998, then served in the United States Peace Corps in Primorye, Russia between 1999-2002, where he lived in the villages of Lazo and Ternei teaching English and Environmental Education. He received a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology (2005) and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation (2011) from the University of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN, USA) studying birds in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in eastern Russia. He is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Blakiston’s fish owl.
Since 2011, Jonathan has been Projects Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Russia Program. He is involved in research projects of owls, tigers, and musk deer, works with Russian graduate students to improve the scientific quality of their dissertation projects, and oversees grants. Since 2012 he has also acted as the English-language Editor of the Far Eastern Journal of Ornithology.
Jonathan has authored several dozen scientific and popular publications and translated numerous scientific and popular texts from Russian, including Winter Ecology of the Amur Tiger. In addition to several television appearances, his research and photographs have been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Audubon Magazine, among others. He is also a regular contributor to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wild View photo blog.
Jonathan gives compelling, photo-filled presentations about Amur tigers, Blakiston’s fish owls, and the uniqueness of the Russian Far East; talks that can be tailored to scientific or public audiences, and for adults or children. For more information or to book him as a speaker, please contact Jonathan directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.