Jonathan Lefcheck, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist
Marine Ecology
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 420
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329

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B.A. Biology, Colby College, 2009

Ph.D., The College of William and Mary, 2015

Research Interests

Jonathan is a post-doctoral researcher studying marine ecology at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences under Dr. Doug Rasher. I was formerly a post-doctoral researcher at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at The College of William & Mary in Gloucester Point, VA, and received my Ph.D. there in 2015.

His interests span from community ecology, with a concentration on seagrasses and other underwater vegetation, to biodiversity science to ecological statistics.

He is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of biological diversity, particularly with respect to human well-being and in response to anthropogenic impacts. I’m keen on new ways to think about biological variation, including organismal functional traits and evolutionary history. I use a combined experimental/observational approach to understanding biodiversity, ranging from small-scale mesocosm manipulations to exploration of global surveys of reef fish and seagrasses. My work at Bigelow will involve coral reef and kelp communities, and integrating community, ecosystem, and metabolic ecology through experimentation, both in the lab and out in nature. I am also involved in advancing statistical methods, specifically structural equation modeling, and maintain the R package piecewiseSEM.

You can view Jon's ecology website here.

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