Working Land & Seascapes

Science serving people and nature

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What We Do

The environment provides all of us with the natural resources we need to live and make a living. To inspire action that ensures the health and safety of both people and planet, we provide seed funding for big ideas, conduct interdisciplinary research, and share successes. 

We partner with communities, decision-makers, and other national and international actors across the globe to inform game-changing environmental policies and improve conservation practices. Our projects work to protect and restore ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to grasslands to tropical forests.

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Where We Work

We support over 14 projects that span 12 countries. Click the map below to visit an interactive Storymap page where you can explore a selection of our projects in more detail!

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Who We Are

Working Land and Seascapes is a collection of terrestrial and marine ecologists. We work with partners and stakeholders around the globe to understand the complex processes that underpin the function and health of our landscapes and seascapes.

Tom Akre

Program Scientist

Working Land and Seascapes

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Melanie McField

Program Scientist

Healthy Reefs Initiative

Smithsonian Marine Station

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Molly Dodge

Program Manager

Working Land and Seascapes

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Matt Lutkenhouse

Deputy Director

Smithsonian Conservation Commons

Office of International Relations

Washington DC, 20560

Jessica Deichmann

Program Scientist

Center for Conservation and Sustainability

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Washington, DC 20560

Steve Canty

Program Coordinator

Marine Conservation Program

Smithsonian Marine Station

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Andrea Santy

Director of Program Development

Smithsonian Conservation Commons

Washington, DC, 20560

Grant Connette

Research Ecologist

Conservation Ecology Center

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Kim Komatsu

Senior Scientist

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater, MD 21037

Matt Ogburn

Program Scientist

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater, MD 21037

Sarah Wheedleton

Communications Specialist

Working Land and Seascapes

Office of International Relations

Washington, DC, 20560

Iara Lacher

Landscape Ecologist

Changing Landscapes Initiative

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Craig Fergus

Lab Manager and Spatial Analyst

Changing Landscapes Initiative

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Fellows 

Amy Hruska

Post-doctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater,MD 21037

Justin Nowakowski

Post-doctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Allison Tracy

Post-doctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater,MD 21037

Rafael Morais Chiaravalloti

Post-doctoral Fellow

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

Rachael Green

Graduate Fellow

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Front Royal, VA 22630

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Our Network

Together we can achieve more—deploying diverse skills and perspectives to tackle challenging conservation issues. Join our network and help us create and share knowledge to protect and preserve our precious landscapes and seascapes.

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