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Professional Certifications 

Recognized Secondary Venomous Snake Monitor by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP)

Certified Venomous Reptile Handler by Herpetological Associates, Inc.

Member of Endangered and Nongame Species Venomous Snake Response Team

Member of Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR) since 2013

Completion of Rutgers University's Introduction to Wetland Identification Course

Areas of Expertise 

Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys

Devising and Implementing Safe Venomous Snake Handling SOPs

Herpetofauna Sampling and Inventories

Specimen Fixation and DNA Tissue Sampling for Phylogenetic Studies

Radio-telemetry and Other Related Spatial Ecology Studies

Permit Applications and Grant Writing


Fantuzzi, Jason A. 2016. Lycophidion capense (Cape Wolfsnake). Geographic Distribution. Herpetological Review, 47(1):84

Fantuzzi, Jason A., Kevin Jamieson, Kevin Pollack, Brian Zarate.2016. Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus (Northern Pinesnake). Natural History Notes. Herpetological Review, 47(3):481-482


Summary of Experience

Mr. Fantuzzi is an Environmental Scientist with EcolSciences, Inc. and is recognized by the NJDEP ENSP as a Secondary Rattlesnake and Copperhead Monitor as well as a long-time member of the Venomous Snake Response Team.  Mr. Fantuzzi is well experienced in methodologies and executing safe handling protocol and has worked closely with a variety of dangerously venomous snakes in five U.S. states and six different countries.  As well as working toward an upgrade in that monitoring status, he is also working toward recognition by the USFWS as a qualified Bog Turtle surveyor in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.  As an environmental consultant and former field technician for agencies such as NJDEP ENSP as well as non-profit organizations such as New Jersey Audubon Society, he has been provided opportunities and gained specialization in the field of natural resource conservation including, but not limited to: rare, threatened, and endangered species habitat assessment, project permitting and general environmental compliance.

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