Emmett Duffy Named Director of Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network

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  • Emmett Duffy named Director of the Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network. An ecologist with expertise in marine biological diversity. Duffy steps into his role September 16, 2013. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Duffy worked as a professor of marine science at the College of William and Mary.
  • The Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network has field stations at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Smithsonian's marine stations at Fort Pierce, Florida, and on Carrie Bow Cay in Belize, and two of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's locations in Panama-Bocas del Toro on the Caribbean Sea and Naos Island station on the Pacific Ocean. The Network was created in 2012 and Duffy is its first director. He will oversee the development of the program.
  • Duffy's research focuses on how marine animals and plants interact to affect marine productivity and habitats, and how these interactions respond to environmental changes and translate into the natural services that humans depend on. He holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has held research fellowships at the Smithsonian and the University of California, Davis.


  • Duffy, J. Emmett 1960-
  • Smithsonian Marine Station
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network
  • Naos Island


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SI Email Announcements, "Message from the Under Secretary: Emmett Duffy Named Director of Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network," June 24, 2013.

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June 24, 2013


  • Marine ecology
  • Carrie Bow Cay, Belize
  • Marine sciences
  • Employees
  • Marine resources
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • New Programs
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  • Appointments
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Marine biologists
  • Marine biology
  • Marine biology--Research
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental monitoring


Bocas del Toro (Panama)

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