Graduation Date: 2006
Major: B.S. Resource Conservation
Jeffrey Ross (’06) originally transferred to the University of Montana from a small, two-year college in Colorado as a Wildlife Biology major. However, Jeffrey’s interest in the human-nature relationship, natural resources policy, and tribal resource management led him to change his major after his first semester at UM. The flexibility of the Resource Conservation program gave Jeff an opportunity to design a curriculum unique to these interests; a curriculum that included a balance of coursework within the natural and social sciences. As a result of his choices within the program, Jeffrey had the privilege of choosing between graduate programs at Harvard and Yale Universities.
Today, Jeffrey is pursuing a Master of Forest Science degree at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Jeffrey is also working under the supervision of a senior research scientist at Harvard Forest/Harvard University on his master’s thesis which seeks to explain how disturbances such as fire, drought, and insect outbreaks affect tree growth rates and their ability to store carbon.
Upon completion of his master’s program at Yale, Jeffrey intends to continue his studies either in environmental law or forest resources management. His long-term career goal is to work for a non-governmental organization that works to protect the human, cultural, and intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.