Jennifer Seavey

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cornell University
John M. Kingsbury Executive Director
Phone: (603) 862-2246
Office: School of Marine Science & Ocean Engineering, Morse Hall Rm 113, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Dr. Jennifer Seavey is the Kingsbury Executive Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island, Maine -a joint facility of the University of New Hampshire and Cornell University. She also holds faculty appointments in the Natural Resource Conservation Departments of both institutions. Finally she is affiliated with the School of Marine Sciences and Ocean engineering in the Institute of Earth, Oceans and Space at UNH.

Dr. Seavey is an applied ecologist focused on anthropogenic impacts on wildlife species and ecosystem function. Her research program explores climate change; spatial ecology; conservation biology; and the recovery of endangered species. Her current work focuses on seabird ecology, recovery, and habitat management in the Gulf of Maine.Her academic achievements include a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Massachusetts; M.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington; and a B.S. degree is in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Before joining Shoals Marine Laboratory, Dr. Seavey held a faculty appointment in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, where she also served as the Assistant Director for University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory.

Personally, She is very committed to the sustainability of our nation’s field stations and marine laboratories. She is a former board member for the Organization of Biological Field Stations and on the steering committee of the Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance. She also serves as a Board of Trustee of The Nature Conservancy, NH Chapter. When she is not working, you can find her in or on water-salty, fresh and frozen in a kayak, on skis, with a snorkel, on a bike whatever it takes to enjoy the natural world. Little known fun fact, she loves the thrill of being dive bombed by the gulls and terns of Shoals!


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • M.S., Wildlife&Wildlands Sci.&Mgmt, University of Washington
  • B.S., Political Science, Lewis and Clark College
  • B.S., Biology, Lewis and Clark College

Research Interests

  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Ornithology
  • Wildlife & Habitat Management/Conservation

Courses Taught

  • MEFB 508: Ecosystem Research and Mgt

Selected Publications

Caldwell, A., Seavey, J., & Craig, E. (2020). Foraging strategy impacts plastic ingestion risk in seabirds. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY LETTERS, 5(1), 163-168. doi:10.1002/lol2.10126

Frederick, P., Vitale, N., Pine, B., Seavey, J., & Sturmer, L. (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. doi:10.2983/035.035.0210

Jacobson, S. K., Seavey, J. R., & Mueller, R. C. (2016). Integrated science and art education for creative climate change communication. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 21(3). doi:10.5751/ES-08626-210330

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

Sims, S. A., Seavey, J. R., & Curtin, C. G. (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. doi:10.1007/s11852-013-0263-2

Schmidt, J. A., McCleery, R., Seavey, J. R., Cameron Devitt, S. E., & Schmidt, P. M. (2012). Impacts of a half century of sea-level rise and development on an endangered mammal. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 18(12), 3536-3542. doi:10.1111/gcb.12024

Seavey, J. R., III, P. W. E., Frederick, P., Sturmer, L., & Berrigan, M. (2011). Decadal changes in oyster reefs in the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast. ECOSPHERE, 2(10). doi:10.1890/ES11-00205.1

Seavey, J. R., Gilmer, B., & McGarigal, K. M. (2011). Effect of sea-level rise on piping plover (Charadrius melodus) breeding habitat. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 144(1), 393-401. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.09.017

Seavey, J. (n.d.). Natural history of the ash-throated flycatcher in Washington State.. Washington Birds, 7, 36-43.

Seavey, J. (n.d.). Shade-grown coffee and northwest migratory birds: What is the link?. Birding, 35(1), 62-71.

Most Cited Publications