Jason Whitney | assists with the Aridlab’s field research team to further the understanding of the ecological impacts of utility-scale solar energy projects and helps manage several interns in the lab. He transferred to UC Davis in 2014 with an AS in Mathematics and an AS in Biological Sciences from Mendocino College. During his studies at UC Davis, Jason focused on strategies for environmental and economic sustainability, earning a BS in Environmental Science and Management with a minor in Geographic Information Systems in 2016. Since joining the Aridlab, Jason has been utilizing his ecological and programming knowledge to design and implement an economical, cloud-ready, high resolution, data logging system to monitor abiotic changes in soils, particularly for disturbances associated with big solar. He is enjoying the opportunity of contributing to the research goals of the Aridlab, and is looking forward to continuing his education in the field.