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Lotus Vermeer

Lotus Vermeer

Marine Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California

Dr. Lotus Vermeer, Marine Program Director for The Nature Conservancy in California, oversees the Conservancy’s research program on innovations in fisheries policy and practice, sustainable harvest, and related issues under the auspices of PacFISH, the Pacific Center for Fisheries Innovation and Sustainable Harvest, a partnership of the Conservancy and the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California–Santa Barbara.

Dr. Vermeer has been dedicated to environmental protection, endangered species recovery, and environmental education for more than 20 years. She spent a decade in the eastern Caribbean leading conservation efforts and educational outreach campaigns to provide protection for critically endangered sea turtles and other at-risk marine species. Later, she served as director of research for Earthwatch Institute, a nonprofit environmental research organization.

Dr. Vermeer came to The Nature Conservancy in 2003 as director of its Santa Cruz Island Preserve and Channel Islands Program, where she helped set a new standard for the recovery of endangered species, island restoration, and the management of complex, multi-partner conservation programs on a landscape scale. She took up her present duties in 2012.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from McGill University, a master of science in primatology from McGill University (1993), a master of science in marine resource and environmental management from the University of the West Indies, and a Ph.D. in marine biology from Dalhousie University.




Morrison, S.A., Faulkner, K.R., Vermeer, L.A., Lozier, L. and Shaw, M.R. 2011. The essential non-science of eradication programmes: creating conditions for success. In: Island invasives: eradication and management. Veitch, C.R., Clout, M.N. and Towns, D.R. (eds). IUCN Gland Switzerland. Pp. 461-466.

Randall, J.M., Faulkner, K.R., Boser, C., Cory, C., Power, P., Vermeer, L.A., Lozier, L. and Morrison, S.A. 2011. Argentine ants on Santa Cruz Island, California: conservation issues and management options. In: Island invasives: eradication and management. Veitch, C.R., Clout, M.N. and Towns, D.R. (eds). IUCN Gland Switzerland. Pp. 108-113.


Vermeer, L.A. and Hunte, W. 2008. Effects of shoot age on leaf growth in the seagrass Thalassia testudinum in Barbados. Aquatic Biology 2: 153-160.


Faulkner, K.R., Vermeer, L.A., Macdonald, N., Walker, K. and Morrison, S.A. 2007. Eradication of feral pigs from the Northern Channel Islands, California. Proceedings from joint meetings of The Ecological Society of America and Society for Ecological Restoration. San Jose, CA, USA.


Horrocks, J.A., Vermeer, L.A., Krueger, B., Coyne, M., Schroeder, B., Balazs, G. 2001. Migration route and destination characteristics of post-nesting hawksbill sea turtles satellite-tracked from Barbados, West Indies. Chelonian Conservation Biology 4: 107-114.

Quackenbush, S.L., Casey, R.N., Murcek, R.J., Paul, T.A., Work, T.M., Rovnak, J., Limpus, C.J., Chaves, A., du Toit, L., Aguirre, A., Spraker, T.R., Perez, J.V.A., Vermeer, L.A., Horrocks, J.A., Balazs, G.H. and Casey, J.W. 2001. Quantitative analysis of herpesvirus sequences from normal tissue and fibropapillomas of marine turtles with real-time PCR. Virology 287: 105-111.


Vermeer, L.A. 2000. Changes in growth and abundance of seagrasses in Barbados, West Indies. Ph.D. thesis, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 223pp.

Lotus Vermeer

Marine Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California

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