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Kaye, Ph.D.

Program Director, Marine Microbiology Initiative

Jon leads the foundation’s Marine Microbiology Initiative with the goal of supporting development of new paradigms and technologies to understand marine microbial communities and their influence on ocean ecosystems and the planet. Jon previously served as a program officer for the initiative, shaping strategy and grant portfolios for the $250 million effort since 2007. He also manages several science efforts outside of the Marine Microbiology Initiative and projects conceived at the interface of the foundation’s Science and Environmental Conservation programs.

Jon was trained as 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 carried out 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.

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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