The Encyclopedia of Earth
Dr. Emmett Duffy is an ecologist and conservation biologist with expertise in marine biodiversity and its importance to human society. His research ranges from the field discovery and description of new coral-reef species, through experimental study of coastal and estuarine food web interactions, to collaborative efforts to quantify and publicize the role of marine biodiversity in providing essential ecosystem services. His long-term research addresses how environmental change affects food-web interactions in Chesapeake Bay seagrass beds, and their implications for these economically important ecosystems. Currently, a major collaborative effort focuses on synthesizing information on how the diversity of marine life maintains healthy and productive oceans.
Dr. Duffy is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed and popular-press articles, and a forthcoming edited book on the social and sexual biology of crustaceans. His research has been featured in the BBC’s Blue Planet series, on the Discovery Channel, in textbooks, and in other media outlets worldwide. He was awarded an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship in 2006, and has served on editorial boards of the journals Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecological Monographs, Journal of Ethology, and as a topic editor (Oceans, Biodiversity) for the online Encyclopedia of Earth. He also serves on the Stewardship Council of the Environmental Information Coalition, publisher of the Encyclopedia of Earth. Dr. Duffy earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has held research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution and the University of California, Davis. He is currently Professor of Marine Science and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
- Dr. J. Emmett Duffy
- The College of William and Mary
- School of Marine Science & Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- Gloucester Point, VA 23062-1346