Jennifer Seavey

My research focuses on the intersections of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and climate change ecology. My curiosity about ecosystems is typically sparked by interests in spatial relationships, particularly how landscape patterns influence process. I like to focus on questions that have conservation or management value, especially for threaten species and/or landscapes.

I became interested in ecology through a love of birds. I have been fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects, from habitat selection landbird species in arid habitats of the Western United States to neotropical migrant use of rainforests in Central America to seabirds and shorebird population conservation in Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, and New York.

I found my research "home" in the realm of landscape ecology. In this field, I have explored issues of scale, ecological modeling, and spatial data analysis- especially how these issues relate to conservation.

Recently, my work has focused on climate change ecology, especially along low-lying coastal systems. Here my knowledge of how systems will respond is not tied to any one taxa. I have explored the potential impact of sea-level rise and increased storminess on plover habitat. I am currently investigating the magnitude of change in oyster reefs and coastal forest dynamics brought about by sea-level rise and other climate change induced variation in these systems.

In addition to research, my career has provided many opportunities to teach, from which I derive a lot of satisfaction and joy. I have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate student level, as well as to professional groups, such as the U.S. Forest Service. Examples of courses I have taught include: Ornithology, Landscape Ecology, Multivariate Statistics, and Ecosystem Management, Ornithology and Tropical Seabird Ecology, and Coastal Disturbance Ecology.

I invite you to explore my current projects, teaching philosophy, general research program, and additional information about my background provided here on this website.

University of Florida, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation,
110 Newins-Ziegler Hall, PO Box 110430
Gainesville, FL 32611-0430
phone: 352-273-0584

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." - John Muir.