Jake Verschuyl, Ph.D.

Director, Western Forest Sustainability
Location: Aquatic Biology Center – Anacortes, WA


Dr. Jake Verschuyl is a forest wildlife ecologist and the Director of Forestry Research in the Western U.S. and B.C. for NCASI. Jake began working for NCASI in 2010 and has spent most of the last 20 years studying managed forest/wildlife relationships in the Pacific Northwest. His current research program balances observational and experimental approaches to quantify wildlife and biodiversity responses to contemporary forest management practices in the Pacific Northwest. Jake’s research collaborations include industry, university, agency and ENGO partnerships. He serves on several boards and committees including Oregon State University’s Institute for Working Forest Landscapes, Oregon State University’s Fish and Wildlife Habitats in Managed Forests committee, the Pacific Seabird Group Marbled Murrelet Technical Committee, and the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project Advisory Group. Jake remains an active member of The Ecological Society of America, The Wildlife Society, The Society of American Foresters, and The Pacific Seabird Group


PhD – Ecology and Environmental Science, Montana State University (Bozeman, MT)
Bachelors – Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)

Research capabilities and/or focus areas

  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Forest ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Ecology of sensitive or listed forest wildlife species

Awards and Career Highlights

  • 2023 Conservation Award from the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Dean’s Advisory Team Member, Oregon State University College of Forestry
  • Courtesy Faculty within Oregon State University’s Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
  • Associate Faculty within Michigan State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Distinguished Lecturer within the Plum Creek Lecture Series at the University of Montana College of Forestry
  • Transboundary Research Award recipient from the University of Montana
  • Named Student of the Year by the Wildlife Society, California North Coast Chapter
  • Wildlife Leadership Award recipient from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Numerous additional academic scholarships and awards
Phone: (360) 873-5012