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Gulf Ecology Division

Marc James Russell
(850) 934-9344

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; Marine Science, 2005
  • M.S., Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Marine Biology, 2000
  • B.S., Florida Atlantic University; Marine Biology, 1998
Current Position
  • Research Ecologist
Previous Positions
  • 2005 - 2007: Post Doctoral Ecologist, Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian
  • 2002 - 2005: NSF Fellow, Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin
Areas of Specialization
  • Watershed and estuarine biology
  • Quantification of ecosystem goods and services for land use planning and sustainability
Current Research
  • As part of a larger effort started by EPA's Ecosystem Services Research Program, I am leading the Tampa Bay Ecosystem Services Demonstration Project, a place-based effort to inventory, quantify, and predict the production, delivery, and consumption of ecosystem services within the Tampa Bay region. This research pilot will demonstrate methods and approaches to placing value on the services ecosystems provide to humans. This work brings together physical, biological, social, and economic researchers and experts at scales relevant for shaping decisions in large regions of the US.
  • Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Community Sustainability - This project will develop a dataset and tools to inform coastal GOM communities about the sustainability of their decisions. It will also provide updated, accurate, and user friendly guidance on sustainability to end-user groups, including the general public, resource managers, and community and regional planners.

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