Jut Wynne

Other Appointments

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Arizona University

Contact Information

Call: (928) 863-8628

Email: Jut.Wynne@nau.edu

Jut Wynne, Ph.D.

Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes

Dr. Jut Wynne is an affiliate of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes, and an assistant research professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences. Jut’s area of interest is cave ecology, with a focus on (1) modeling and understanding the biogeography, distributional patterns, and habitat selection of cave-dwelling arthropods (in particular, subterranean-restricted taxa) and bats; (2) investigating community structure and dynamics of cave-dwelling arthropods; (3) quantifying the effects of global climate change and other human-caused disturbances on cave-dwelling animal populations (in particular, short-range endemic species); and (4) understanding the mechanisms driving subterranean restriction of a broad range of taxa. Through conservation-aimed projects, Jut strives to continue to improve our understanding of cave-dwelling animal communities, their habitat requirements, and the impacts human activities have on these populations. He has authored or co-authored 35 peer-reviewed articles and over 50 other publications. Jut is also editor of the upcoming book Diversity and Speciation of Subterranean Fauna (available through John Hopkins University Press, mid-2022) and has served as a guest writer for Scientific American and Mongabay. Additionally, he has mentored 20 undergraduate students on numerous cave-related independent studies.


  1. 2014

    Ph.D., Biology

    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2003

    M.S., Environmental Science and Policy

    Northern Arizona University
  3. 1998

    Certificate of EcoTechnie

    Free University of Brussels, Belgium

Professional Experience

  1. 2014-present
    Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2016
    Fulbright Visiting Scholar
    Fulbright Commission, Chile


  • 2018
    Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • 2013
    Elected Member
    Cave Research Foundation
  • 2012
    Elected Member
    Sigma Xi
  • 2006
    The Explorers Club