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Duffy, Emmett

Director, Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network

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Professional Biography

  • Emmett Duffy is Director of the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, and coordinates the MarineGEO program (www.si.edu/marinegeo). MarineGEO is a global partnership to understand how coastal ecosystems work and how to keep them working, with a focus on the biodiversity that drives ecosystem processes. Duffy is a marine biologist who has worked in seagrass and coral reef ecosystems around the world and is active in international scientific networks and syntheses linking biodiversity to ecosystem and human well-being. He came to the Smithsonian in 2013 after 19 years at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He was awarded an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship in 2006, Japan’s inaugural Kobe Prize in Marine Biology in 2011, a Virginia Outstanding Faculty award in 2013, and was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2017.

Public Biography

  • Emmett Duffy is Director of the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, and coordinates the MarineGEO program (www.si.edu/marinegeo). MarineGEO is a global partnership to understand how coastal ecosystems work and how to keep them working, with a focus on the biodiversity that drives ecosystem processes. Duffy is a marine biologist who has worked in seagrass and coral reef ecosystems around the world and is active in international scientific networks and syntheses linking biodiversity to ecosystem and human well-being. He came to the Smithsonian in 2013 after 19 years at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science. He was awarded an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship in 2006, Japan’s inaugural Kobe Prize in Marine Biology in 2011, a Virginia Outstanding Faculty award in 2013, and was elected a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2017.