Program Officer, Marine Microbiology Initiative
Jon supports and guides the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative through a continuously evolving mix of strategic planning, grant idea development, portfolio management and community engagement to accelerate our understanding of marine microbial ecosystems and their influence on the planet. He also manages numerous science efforts outside of the Marine Microbiology Initiative and projects conceived at the interface of the foundation’s Science and Environmental Conservation programs.
Jon is a marine microbial ecologist and spent seven months at sea investigating seafloor hydrothermal vent systems in the North and South Pacific oceans. Prior to joining the foundation, he did research in the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and worked at the Environmental Protection Agency as a science and technology policy fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently serves on the board of the Earth Free Institute.
Jon earned a B.S. in geology-biology at Brown University and a Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Washington.
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