Jeff Onsted was hired as the Department of Conservation (DOC) Chief Science Adviser in July 2016 to lend his expertise towards meeting the DOC’s scientific objectives.
Before joining the Department, Onsted was a professor for nine years at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught classes ranging from Geographic Information Systems to Urban Ecology to Environmental Science. His research was focused on the intersection of urban growth modeling, land use policy, and ecological impacts of land use change. Before graduate school, Onsted worked for environmental NGOs as well as Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
He earned his bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in geography from UC Santa Barbara.