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Jeremy Feinberg

James Smithson Postdoctoral Fellow
B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.S., Hofstra University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Jeremy Feinberg is a postdoctoral fellow in the James Smithson Fellowship Program. Through this conservation-based program, Feinberg splits his time between SCBI’s Center for Conservation and Sustainability and the Division of Amphibian and Reptiles at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. During his fellowship, he is extending some of the work that emerged from his doctoral research by conducting a broad examination of leopard frogs across the eastern United States, looking specifically at bioacoustic and morphological features within species to explore for cryptic (hidden) diversity and assess potential impacts from urban soundscapes and landscapes on frog populations occurring within such systems. 

Feinberg’s research interests focus on exploring biodiversity and examining the conservation needs and ecologies of rare species, particularly amphibians and reptiles in urban settings. Broadly, he is interested in natural history, habitat use, movement ecology and metapopulation dynamics. His doctoral research aimed to unravel causes of the regional extinction of leopard frogs from coastal areas in the northeastern U.S. Through this work, Feinberg looked at disease, invasive vegetation and contaminants as possible factors and also had an integral role in the unexpected discovery of a cryptic leopard frog species in New York City.
Feinberg earned his Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996, his Master of Science from Hofstra in 2000 and his doctorate from Rutgers in 2015. Feinberg also spent three years working as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he conducted ecological research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, from 2002 to 2005. His research has received considerable media attention over the years and has helped highlight the potential for important ecological research, and unusual and surprising levels of diversity, in urban areas.