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.