J J Apodaca

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JJ Apodaca


Asheville, North Carolina


As Executive Director, Dr. JJ Apodaca leverages his 15+ years of research experience to develop and inform optimal conservation and management decisions for the organization. Focusing on imperiled species, his research and conservation work combines several fields and methods ranging from genetics to habitat modeling and life history studies. He has held leadership roles with the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation network, serving as co-chair in the southeast for two years and nationally for four to improve conservation efforts with federal and state agencies, private landowners, and nonprofit organizations. JJ has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of South Florida and a doctorate in biology from the University of Alabama, where his dissertation work focused on prioritizing areas important to conservation of amphibians in the southeast at both the macro and micro scales.