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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.

Her current focus is on helping launch and manage the Conservancy’s Pacific Tuna Program which is focused on building sustainable tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Tuna conservation and management is a new global priority for the Conservancy.

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2012

Boser, C.L., Faulkner, K.R., Cory, C., Vermeer, L.A., Randall, J.M. and Morrison, S.M. 2012. Program to eradicate populations of invasive Argentine ants in ecologically sensitive areas. Proceedings from the 97th Ecological Society of America. Portland, OR, USA.

2011 

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.

2008 

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.

2007 

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.

2001 

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.

2000 

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

1999

Vermeer, L.A. 1999. Changes in abundance and growth of Thalassia testudinum in the eastern Caribbean: 1969-1994. Proceedings of the Intra-America Seas Initiative 1st Biennial Science Meeting. Panama City, Panama.

Horrocks, J.A., Vermeer, L.A. and Krueger, B. 1999. Foraging ground characteristics of adult female hawksbill turtles satellite-tracked from Barbados, West Indies. Proceedings of the XIVth Annual Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. South Padre Island, Texas.

Hunte, W., Goodridge, R., Pakes, D. and Vermeer, L.A. 1999. Environmental considerations of additional sewage effluent discharge at the St. George’s and Point Salines marine outfalls, Grenada. Technical Report for Howard Humphreys and Partners Ltd. and the Government of Grenada. 22pp.

Hunte, W., Vermeer, L.A. and Goodgridge, R. 1999. Baseline information for the development of the Folkestone Marine Management Area. Technical Report to AXYS Environmental Consulting Inc. and the Government of Barbados. 33pp.

1998

Vermeer, L.A. 1998. The terrestrial fauna of Barbados. Assessment Report for inclusion in the Barbados National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. Technical report to Simmons and Associates on behalf of the Government of Barbados. 57pp.

Hunte, W., Vermeer, L.A. and Goodridge, R. 1998. Temporal changes in coral reef communities on the west and south coasts of Barbados: 1987-1997. Technical report to the Coastal Zone Management Unit of the Government of Barbados. 142pp.

Poponi, A., Vermeer, L.A., Horrocks, J.A. and McConney, P. 1998. The Barbados Sea Turtle Project: implementing the WIDECAST Action Recovery Plan for Barbados. Proceedings of the XVIIIth Annual Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. Mazatlan, Mexico.

Woody, K., Horrocks, J.A. and Vermeer, L.A. 1998. Factors influencing within-beach nest distribution in hawksbill turtles. Proceedings of the XVIIIth Annual Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. Mazatlan, Mexico.

1997

Vermeer, L.A. 1997. Present status and temporal trends in seagrass communities near Graeme Hall Swamp. Technical report to The ARA Consulting Group Inc. and the Government of Barbados. 27pp.

Hunte, W., Horrocks, J., Vermeer, L.A. and Parker, C. 1997. Potential impacts of the proposed Hilton Hotel refurbishment and expansion on coastal vegetation, sea turtles, marine water quality and benthic marine communities. Technical report to Simmons & Associates and the Government of Barbados. 43pp.

Hunte, W., Vermeer, L.A. and Calinoiu, N. 1997. Impacts of the south coast sewerage system on adjacent benthic marine communities. 1. Status of the marine communities one year before outfall construction. Technical report to the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) and the Government of Barbados. 28pp.

Hunte, W., Calinoiu, N. and Vermeer, L.A. 1997. Impacts of the south coast sewerage system on adjacent benthic marine communities. 2. Status of the marine communities immediately before outfall construction. Technical report to the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) and the Government of Barbados. 41pp.

1996

Hunte, W., Wiltshire, H. and Vermeer, L.A. 1996. Environmental deterioration and water quality at fringing reefs on the west coast of Barbados. Technical report to Stanley International and the Government of Barbados. 27pp.

Hunte, W., Humphrey, B. and Vermeer, L.A. 1996. Marine environmental impact study of the West Indies Rum Distillery effluent at Brighton, Barbados. Technical report to the Government of Barbados and the West Indies Rum Distillery. 101pp.

1995

Vermeer, L.A., Hunte, W. and Oxenford, H.A. 1995. An investigation of the biological and social feasibility of community management of the sea urchin fishery in Barbados. Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 45: 47-58.

1994

Vermeer, L.A. 1994. Seasonal, lunar and tidal variation in reproduction of the endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Barbados. M.Sc. thesis, University of the West Indies, Barbados, W.I. 79pp.

1993

Vermeer, L.A. 1993. The stability of matrilineal dominance hierarchies in vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus). M.Sc. thesis, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 129pp.

Vermeer, L.A. 1993. A compilation and summary of nearshore benthic marine surveys conducted in Barbados between 1960 and 1990. Technical report to Delcan International Corp. for the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) and the Government of Barbados. 274pp.

Vermeer, L.A. 1993. Current ideas on the principal sources and mechanisms of impact of coastal pollution on coral reef and seagrass habitats in the tropics. Technical report to Delcan International Corp. for the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) and the Government of Barbados. 40pp.

Govindarajulu, P., Hunte, W., Vermeer, L.A. and Horrocks, J.A. 1993. The ontogeny of social play in a feral troop of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus): implications for the function of early play. International Journal of Primatology 14: 138-149.

Oxenford, H.A., Vermeer, L.A. and Wittenberg, M. 1993. Nearshore benthic marine communities of the west and southwest coasts of Barbados: importance, impacts, present status and management recommendations. Technical report to Delcan International Corp. for the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington, D.C.) and the Government of Barbados. 146pp.

1992

Vermeer, L.A. and Hunte, W. 1992. Non-kin interventions in vervet monkeys: cooperation or reciprocal altruism? Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of the International Primatological Society. Strasbourg, France.

Horrocks, J.A. and Vermeer, L.A. 1992. Environmental correlates of nesting and hatching seasonality of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Barbados. Proceedings of the XIIth Annual Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation and Biology. Jekyll Island, Georgia, USA.

Hunte, W., Humphrey, B., Horrocks, J.A., Vermeer, L.A., Wilthshire, H. and Govindarajulu, P. 1992. A comparison of bacteriological contamination levels on the south coast of Barbados with international public health standards. Technical report to the Inter-American Development Bank (Washington) and the Government of Barbados. 44pp.

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. Her current focus is on helping launch and manage the Conservancy’s Pacific Tuna Program which is focused on building sustainable tuna fisheries in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Tuna conservation and management is a new global priority for the Conservancy.

Dr. Vermeer has been dedicated to environmental protection, endangered species recovery, and environmental education for more than 25 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 in ecology and evolutionary biology from McGill University, a Master of Science in primatology from McGill University, a Master of Science in marine resource and environmental management from the University of the West Indies, and a doctorate in marine biology from Dalhousie University.
 

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