Meet our Staff

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Shoals Marine Laboratory Staff

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The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) leadership team is dedicated to fulfilling our mission, strengthening our tradition of academic excellence, and enhancing our programs and services. The SML Executive Committee, along with the SML Executive Director, make up the core of leadership. Valuable input, advice, and support come from the SML Academic Advisory Committee.

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Dr. Jennifer Seavey,
Kingsbury Executive Director

Dr. Jennifer Seavey is the Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine which is a joint facility of the University of New Hampshire and Cornell University. She also holds faculty appointments at both UNH and Cornell. As Executive Director, Jennifer develops and implements strategies to achieve the Shoals mission to provide education and research programs that advance the 1) understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems and 2) development of sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

Dr. Seavey is a broadly trained marine ecologist with a focus on applied research on waterbirds, climate change, and resource management. Her academic achievements include: two post doctorate positions at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Florida where she conducted research on climate change impacts to coastal ecosystems; Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts in Natural Resource Conservation, where her dissertation focused on the landscape ecology and conservation of the piping plover on barrier islands of New York; Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon.

Before joining Shoals Marine Laboratory, Dr. Seavey held an Adjunct Assistant Professor position in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, where she also served as the Assistant Director for University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. She currently serves as a board member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS), Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA), and the Regional Association for Research on the Gulf of Maine (RARGOM).

The SML Executive Committee oversees the operations and finances of SML. Committee members include:

Dr. Diane Foster, co-chair
Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Esther Angert, co-chair
Senior Associate Dean, CALS, Cornell University

Dr. Kim Babbitt
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Cole Gilbert
Professor, Department of Entomology, CALS, Cornell

Dr. Cliff Kraft
Professor, Department of Natural Resources, CALS, Cornell

Dr. Marian McCord
Senior Vice Provost, University of New Hampshire

The SML Academic Advisory Committee is made up of three subgroups: Cornell faculty, UNH faculty, and faculty from other institutions.

The goals of the SML Academic Advising Committee are to:

  1. Help guide SML academic programming each year (short term)
  2. Help SML understand and maximize our service to student & faculty needs/desires;
  3. Help SML academic programs evolve in an appropriate direction (long term); and
  4. Assist us to effectively and quickly disseminate information to faculty and students about SML opportunities, changes, and other news.

Cornell University members

Dr. Eugene Won
Academic Coordinator for Shoals Marine Laboratory at Cornell University

Dr. David Bonter
Assistant Director of Citizen Science, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Dr. Matt Hare
Associate Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources

Dr. Bruce Monger
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

University of New Hampshire members

Dr. Gregg Moore
Academic Coordinator for Shoals Marine Laboratory at UNH

Dr. Catherine Ashcroft
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources & the Environment

Dr. David Plachetzki
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Win Watson
Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences

Members from other institutions

Dr. Liz Craig
Academic Coordinator for Shoals Marine Laboratory

Dr. Jarrett Byrnes
Assistant Professor, UMass Boston

Dr. Jan Factor
Professor, Purchase College SUNY

Dr. Nadine Lysiak
Faculty, Marine Studies Consortium; Lecturer, UMass Boston


Jack Kingsbury

Dr. John M. Kingsbury, 1966-1979
Cornell University

J.B. Heiser

Dr. John B. Heiser, 1979-1994
Cornell University

Patty McGill

Dr. Patricia McGill, 1994-1995
Dallas Zoo

Brian Rivest

Dr. Brian Rivest, 1995-1997
State University of New York Cortland

Jim Morin

Dr. James Morin, 1997-2005
Cornell University

Willy Bemis

Dr. William E. Bemis, 2005-2013
Cornell University

Jon Pennock

Dr. Jonathan R. Pennock, 2013-2014 (Interim)
NOAA National Sea Grant

(left to right) Willy Bemis, Patty McGill, Brian Rivest, Jack Kingsbury, J.B. Heiser and Jim Morin on Appledore Island.