Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.

Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.

Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory, Affiliate Assistant Professor


I am a strongly interested in seabird ecology, marine conservation, field science, spatial ecology, disturbance regimes, conservation biology, and applied research.  My primary research focus is the influence of anthropogenic environmental change on wildlife populations and ecosystem function. Over the last decade, I have studied how climate change, especially as it combines with other anthropogenic stressors, influences coastal ecosystem function to influence the ecology of birds, mammals, invertebrates in marine and coastal systems. Currently, I am focused on seabird ecology and health, as well as the conservation of endangered seabirds in the fast changing Gulf of Maine. Specifically, I am interested in how to improve management actions for recovery of listed species and if/how seabirds can be used to improve the management of fisheries. 

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Adjunct Faculty, Depart. of Natural Resources, Cornell University 
Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory


Post Doctorate, University of Massachusetts and University of Florida
Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in Natural Resource Conservation
M.S. from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
B.S. in Biology from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon 


MEFB 515: Marine Environmental Science and Conservation

Selected Publications

Frederick, P., N. Vitale, B. Pine, J.R. Seavey, L. Sturmer. 2016. Reversing a rapid decline in oyster reefs: effects of durable substrate on oyster populations, elevations, and aquatic bird community composition. Journal of Shellfish Research 35(2):359-367.

Jacobson, S., J.R. Seavey, R. Mueller. 2016. Integrated Science and Art Education for Creative Climate Change Communication. Ecology and Society 21(3):30.

Seavey, J.R., P. Frederick, V. Doig. 2014. Roseate spoonbills (Ajaja Ajaja) nesting on Seahorse Key in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Florida Field Naturalist 42(2).

Simms, S.A., J.R. Seavey, C. Curtin. 2013 Room to move? Threatened shorebird habitat in the path of sea level rise-dynamic beaches, multiple users, and mixed ownership: A case study from Rhode Island, USA. Journal of Coastal Conservation 17(3):339-350.

Schmidt, J.A. R. McCleery, J. R. Seavey, S. E. Cameron Devitt, P. M. Schmidt. 2012. Impacts of a half century of sea-level rise and development on an endangered mammal. Global Change Biology 18(12): 3536–3542.

Seavey, J. R., W. E. Pine, III, P. Frederick, L. Sturmer, M. Berrigan. 2011. Decadal Changes in Oyster Reefs in the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast. Ecosphere 2(10):114.

Seavey, J. R., B. Gilmer, K. McGarigal. 2011. Effect of sea-level rise on piping plover (Charadrius        melodus) breeding habitat. Biological Conservation 144: 393–401.

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