Field Investigations: Site Manager

The Coweeta LTER Site Manager is responsible for maintaining the fleet of UGA 4WD vehicles housed at Coweeta, as well as managing the Coweeta Dorm. He supervises all UGA personnel at Coweeta, including 3 laboratory technicians and 2 field technicians. The Site Manager regularly communicates with the lead PI, the Information Manager, and the Co-PIs concerning field work, data management, and research. He also acts as the liaison between Coweeta USFS scientists and the Coweeta LTER.

The Coweeta LTER Site Manager also works with the Coweeta Schoolyard LTER program. This program works with local teachers to develop real and relevant science project on school property, such as stream salamander surveys and phenology research. The program has also developed Science Study Boxes that contain equipment and activities designed to help engage students in science, which may be reserved by teachers free of charge.

Jason Love is the current Coweeta LTER Site Manager. Jason holds a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Jason worked as a technician in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, and later as a research technician at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. After obtaining his M.S., Jason worked as the Citizen Science Director at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, a residential environmental education center located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 2008 he began work as the Site Manager for the Coweeta LTER.