Pre-event Seminar Series

Jonathan Lefcheck PhD

Jonathan Lefcheck PhD

Towards a global seagrass monitoring network: The past, present and future of collaboration
31 March 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Zoom meeting information coming soon

Dr. Jonathan Lefcheck is currently the Tennenbaum Coordinating Scientist for the MarineGEO Network at the Smithsonian Institution and is based at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD, USA. He is a marine community ecologist and biodiversity scientist who has worked on a variety of coastal ecosystems from oyster and coral reefs to salt marshes, kelp forests, and deep-sea hydrothermal vents, but has a deep and enduring love for seagrasses. He also develops novel statistical tools to help understand natural systems, particularly the growing technique of “structural equation modeling.” He is currently focused on coordinating global seagrass monitoring and synthesis through MarineGEO and SeagrassNet.

Jon received his B.A. from Colby College in 2009 and his Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary in 2015, and has conducted post-doctoral research at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. His work on seagrasses has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Hakai Magazine, and on National Public Radio.