Jeff DePew

Jeff DePew earned his B.S. in Horticulture and Environmental Science from University of Missouri-Columbia; B.S. in Biology and teaching certificate in Biology and History, as well as a Masters Degree in Education from Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. His extensive post grad work was ‘The Validity of Experiential Education in the Classroom’. He has taught high school biology, ecology, field ecology and experiential field trips for over 40 years in private and public schools, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Webster University and Teton Science School. Jeff has taught Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Environmental Science, Global Climate Change, and various Sustainability and Field Ecology courses at Webster University for 20 years. He has published a Field Journal on Stream Ecology, as well as several articles on Wetlands and Wetland education. His current research deals with Research and Restoration Ecology of various wetland habitats and Riparian Ecosystems, as well as the creation of Natural Areas on school grounds.
Jeff has had the privilege to be part of public and private ecological research on a number of endangered species throughout North America: Grey Whale migration in Baja California, Red Wolf reintroduction in North Carolina, coral reef degradation in Jamaica, Black-Footed Ferret preservation in Wyoming, restoration of Leatherback Sea Turtle populations in Puerto Rico, preservation of Freemont Leather flower on Victoria Glade with TNC and various bat species inventories and declines in California, Arizona, Tennessee and Missouri.
Jeff is certified as a Wilderness First Responder/EMT, a Professional Wetland Scientist (#288) and as a Sea Kayak Guide in British Columbia, Canada. He has taken students on educational/environmental/research field trips throughout the Caribbean and North America - kayaking, mountaineering, snorkeling, horsepacking, canoeing and hiking.