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Jennifer Seavey

Jennifer Seavey

House Fellow
Coastal and Marine Ecology
Executive Director
Shoals Marine Laboratory
jrs583@cornell.edu

Jennifer Seavey is an ecologist with a focus on ornithology, wildlife ecology, climate change, and conservation biology. She pursued her B.S. and M.S. in the Pacific Northwestern United States. She traveled extensively between each degree, participating in research programs across the country and internationally. She received her PhD from a joint program between Smith College and the University of Massachusetts. Her dissertation focused on the landscape ecology of piping plovers, an endangered shorebird on the barrier island system of New York State. After graduation she held two postdocs. The first at the University of Massachusetts focused on creating landscape models aimed at predicting regions of greatest conservation concern in Massachusetts. Her second post doc took her to the University of Florida, where she worked on coastal climate change impacts to wildlife species. Her research focused on changes to Gulf of Mexico oyster reefs resulting from freshwater reductions, sea level rise, and other anthropogenic impacts. From here, she was offered an Assistant Director position at Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory at the University of Florida and Assistant Research Faculty position in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department. Here she taught many courses in coastal and marine ecology and conservation. In 2014, Jennifer took on the role as the Executive Director of Cornell's (and the University of New Hampshire's) Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) on Appledore Island in Maine. She holds a faculty position at Cornell and at the University of New Hampshire. Her work at SML focuses on seabird ecology, anthropogenic impacts on marine wildlife, and science education methods.

Jennifer has traveled extensively during her career, especially in relation to her research focus on birds and conservation issues. In addition she loves to spend time on her road bicycle, hiking, camping and kayaking. She lives in Portsmouth, NH and on Appledore Island, ME.