About the Author
Dr John Morton earned his PhD in Wildlife Ecology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and mentored several graduate students and dozens of interns. He has been a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service for 3 decades, working previously in the Mariana Islands, Maryland, Wisconsin, California and stints at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Yukon Delta NWR in Alaska. He's been the supervisory biologist at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge since 2002, where he and his staff have been very involved in climate change research and adaptation. He represented the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) investigation of climate change impacts on Federal lands (2006) and on the DOI's Climate Change Task Force (2007). He served on teams that developed the USFWS strategic plan for responding to climate change (2010) and the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (2011). He co-led an interagency team that produced Connecting Alaska Landscapes into the Future (2010), an early project of the Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning. Most recently, Morton helped develop the interagency Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Chugach National Forest and the Kenai Peninsula (2017). Current interests include climate change adaptation, inventory and monitoring design, and effects of human disturbance on wildlife.