Jon leads the foundation’s marine microbiology initiative with the goal of supporting development of new concepts and technologies to understand microbial communities in the sea and their influence on ocean ecosystems and the planet.
Jon has been with the foundation since 2007. In addition to the marine microbiology initiative, he leads the organization’s symbiosis and science policy fellowship efforts as well as several projects conceived at the interface of the foundation’s science and environmental conservation programs.
He trained as a marine microbial ecologist and spent seven months at sea investigating seafloor hydrothermal vent systems in the North and South Pacific oceans. After graduate school, 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.
Marine Microbiology Initiative
Special Projects in Science