Grant’s interests and areas of expertise align well with the work of PLJV’s Science Advisory Team, especially when it comes to grassland bird biology and ecology, specifically for prairie grouse. At the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), Grant works as the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Biologist and sees PLJVs goal to improve and conserve grasslands for native birds working hand in hand with NMDGF’s efforts to conserve and improve habitat for Lesser Prairie-Chicken.
Originally from Yuma, Colorado, Grant received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Northern Colorado. His master’s research focused on the movements, reproductive success and habitat use of translocated Greater Prairie-Chickens in northeastern Colorado. After completing his education, Grant worked in the Northern Mariana Islands on brown tree snake research and control and on Guam Rail recovery and translocation for the Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources. He then moved to the big island of Hawaii where he worked on endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper propagation and conservation for the San Diego Zoo and the United States Geological Survey.
Grant has also worked as a farm bill biologist in an Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Fort Morgan, Colorado, and as the Landowner Incentive Program Coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. His personal interests include birding, wildlife photography, painting wildlife portraits, and road and mountain biking.