James C. Beasley

Portrait of James Beasley outdoorsFred C. Davison Early Career Scholar Award 2018

James C. Beasley, assistant professor in the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, incorporates modern field techniques to study the spatial ecology and population dynamics of vertebrate wildlife in human-altered ecosystems. He has received international recognition for his research expertise and peer-refereed publications in international-level journals. He has obtained more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts from numerous agencies and organizations as principal investigator or co-PI. His knowledge of wildlife biology has allowed him to devise innovative approaches to the discipline of radioecology—the study of radioactive contamination in the environment and its effects as an ecological stressor. His research at Chernobyl has been recognized among key scientists within the radioecology community. Since 2014, he has served as the International Atomic Energy Agency’s sole wildlife adviser to the Fukushima Prefecture government in Japan, in response to the 2011 tsunami and nuclear accident.