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Jim Comiskey

Dr. Comiskey has worked with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program since May 2004. He coordinates the vital signs monitoring program for the Mid-Atlantic network, composed of 10 parks in Virginia and Pennsylvania, including Shenandoah National Park. Prior to the Park Service, Dr. Comiskey worked for twelve years (1992 – 2004) at the Smithsonian Institution where he conducted research and monitoring in Latin America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. His research interests included tropical forest dynamics and he established a network of monitoring sites providing long-term data on natural and anthropogenic impacts on forest composition. During that time, he conducted numerous training courses on biodiversity assessment and monitoring in the U.S. as well as regional courses in more than 15 countries. During the last five years at the Smithsonian, Dr. Comiskey managed the NIH funded International Biodiversity Cooperative Group focusing on drug development and conservation of biodiversity in West and Central Africa . Prior to the Smithsonian, he worked for three years (1988 – 1992) conducting water quality monitoring in London , UK.