Lecturer (Biology, Christian Studies)
Doctor of Philosophy, Southern Cross University, 2006
In his work as a conservation ecologist, Jason has known the thrill of discovering and describing many new species. One he did not stumble upon was named after him! He also speaks some Japanese which has been an advantage on his many trips to Asia. Holding a PhD in Conservation Biology, he has contributed internationally through research and consultation. Although Jason began at Sheridan as a lecturer in the Faculty of Mathematics, Physical Science, and Life Sciences, he shifted his priority towards the needs of one species in particular: Homo sapiens. Despite scientific progress and achievement, he came to realise that human beings are essentially broken people carrying various degrees of pain. This spurred him on to make a career change. After completing a Master of Divinity, together with a more practical Certificate in Ministry, Jason now encourages everyone to consider issues of spirituality. On campus, he teaches units on Christianity and heads up informal, small-group discussions – adding an expert layer of pastoral care. Off campus, he is involved in a church plant and reaching out to the homeless.