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The Green In The Blue: The Comeback Of The Chesapeake’s Underwater Grasses And What It Means For The Bay
Over the last century, the mid-Atlantic’s underwater grasses have gone from one disaster to another—from wasting disease to hurricanes to nutrient pollution. But in the past few years, the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore have witnessed some astounding comebacks. In our February Earth Optimism talk, join SERC marine ecologist Jonathan Lefcheck for a tour of seagrass resurgence throughout the region. He'll dive deeper into what's behind the recoveries, highlight the new life and other benefits that are returning with them, what to expect in the future, and how you can get involved through new citizen science initiatives. Discover how seagrasses are laying the foundation for a healthier, more bountiful Bay.


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Jonathan Lefcheck, Ph.D.
Tennenbaum Coordinating Scientist @Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network and MarineGEO Program, Smithsonian Institution
Jon Lefcheck has served as the Coordinating Scientist for the MarineGEO Network at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center since 2018. His interests span from marine ecology and conservation to biodiversity science to ecological statistics, with an enduring affinity for seagrasses. In the past few years, he has published articles on topics as wide-ranging as seagrass and coral restoration to oyster aquaculture to the ecology of Alaskan kelp forests, and has worked in Australia, Belize, and the Dominican Republic. His work has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, the Washington Post, on NPR, and in numerous other outlets and podcasts. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and was a post-doctoral researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science in Gloucester Point, VA and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, ME. You can follow him at: https://twitter.com/jslefche.