Grant is an ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute with a research focus in landscape ecology, population dynamics, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and data analysis. He received his B.S. from Davidson College and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, where he studied the impacts of timber management on salamander populations in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. After receiving his Ph.D., Grant held a brief position as a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Missouri and the Northeast Climate Science Center. In 2015, Grant began a post-doctoral fellowship under the umbrella of Smithsonian's Myanmar Biodiversity Initiative and spent 4 years living and working in Myanmar to lead and support collaborative biodiversity data analysis efforts with local partner organizations. Grant transitioned to a research ecologist position with Smithsonian's Working Land & Seascapes Initiative in 2019, and currently focuses on providing tools and information to support large-scale conservation planning.