Working Land & Seascapes

Science serving people and nature

What We Do

Working Land and Seascapes is a network of individuals and institutions that share a common vision for resilient and productive landscapes and seascapes to address complex environmental problems. Our researchers use science to understand critical ecosystems across the globe—and then share that knowledge, working alongside communities to improve conservation management practices and policies.

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Where We Work

We work across four continents in culturally and ecologically diverse regions.

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

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

Christine Buckley

Outreach and Advancement Associate

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater, MD 21037

Kim La Pierre

Senior Scientist

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater, MD 21037

Matt Ogburn

Program Scientist

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Edgewater, MD 21037

underwater view of a reef
testing water

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.