Jeffrey Strait grew up in Manheim, Pennsylvania, where he developed a strong passion for hunting, fishing and conservation. Jeffrey attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst for his undergraduate education, studying biology and natural resource conservation. Upon graduation from UMass, he moved to Missoula to begin working as a laboratory and field as technician on a trout hybridization project. Outside of his research, Jeffrey enjoys fly fishing, hunting, and watching and participating in many sporting events.
Jeffrey is interested broadly in fish biology, evolutionary ecology, and conservation genetics and genomics. His career goal is to work as a fisheries research biologist, advancing scientific knowledge while also providing information that can directly inform management actions and strategies. Specifically, he is interested in the use of emerging genomic tools to better understand and improve predictions of future impacts of climate change and invasive species, which may help in evaluating management actions to better conserve aquatic resources.