Jeff comes to Vermont and the Lake Champlain basin from New Hampshire, where he is a Water Quality/Resources Specialist and Extension Professor Emeritus in Aquatic Ecology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and a water resources consultant. He previously served as a UNH Cooperative Extension Program team leader, associate director of the UNH Center for Freshwater Biology, and co-director of the New Hampshire Lakes Lay Monitoring Program. In his most recent research, he has focused on cyanobacteria toxin ecology, watershed nutrient loading and lake response modeling, monitoring and management of aquatic invasive species, water quality, plankton ecology, and community-based and participatory science.
At UNH, Jeff addressed local, state, and regional water and natural resources concerns by working with educators, students, private landowners, watershed associations, conservation groups, local decision-makers, and agency staff. With state and regional partners, he developed watershed assessment tools for communities and helped to train students, educators, local decision-makers, and agency staff to use GIS in watershed resource inventories and water quality/aquatic habitat issues.
At Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Jeff supports staff and students, maintains extension operations, and contributes to existing and new efforts during Kris Stepenuck's University of Vermont faculty sabbatical leave for the 2022-2023 academic year.