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Jordan was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and graduated from University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio. He earned his BA in Biology-Psychology from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York). He began his career as an animal keeper/animal trainer, working with collections at several zoos, aquariums, living museums and a sanctuary. Jordan received his PhD in conservation medicine from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in zoology. While working on his PhD he also attended veterinary school.
He is a council member (ex officio) of the International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA), a former member of the coordinator’s committee for the Bear Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and an adviser to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Jordan also serves as the Captive News correspondent for International Bear News and formerly served as the Correspondent Editor for the IBA/IUCN-BSG publication. He also writes for print media. Jordan was also the founding chair of the IBA Conservation Education Committee.
He is a member of the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society, which promotes high standards for wild carnivore care and welfare among private sanctuaries in North America.
Jordan is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (Health Sciences) and a Research Scientist at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Institute of Arctic Biology). He is also a Professional Member of the Zoological Association of America. Please visit his IMDB page.