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Linda Deegan

Deegan Elected Massachusetts Trustee of The Nature Conservancy

Linda Deegan, senior scientist at the Ecosystems Center, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. “The coastal regions of Massachusetts stand at a critical moment—a time when the region faces significant challenges and opportunities to redirect human actions toward a sustainable and desirable future,” said Dr. Deegan. “I’m honored to be a part of this organization which serves an important role in the shaping the future of these special ecosystems.”

The Nature Conservancy is a national organization with more than one million members that is committed to environmental conservation. In Massachusetts, it has taken a leadership role in the protection of some of the state's most critical landscapes, including Cape Cod and the Massachusetts Islands.

On Cape Cod, The Conservancy seeks to ensure habitat preservation, ecological restoration and community based conservation by developing community-based partnerships - such as conservation buyer programs - to respond to intensifying development pressures, and by working with the towns to prevent new off-road vehicle trail construction along beaches, pond shores and marshy areas and to control invasive plant and animal species and protect shorebirds.

Dr. Deegan has been on the staff of the Ecosystems Center since 1989. She studies marine and freshwater ecosystems, with a special interest in fishes. Her research spans the globe, from local work in Massachusetts’ estuaries, to the rivers of the Brazilian Amazon and Arctic Alaska.

As part of the Brown-MBL Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Deegan is a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. She is also a member of the Ecological Society of America, the International Estuarine Research Federation, and the American Fisheries Society. She received a 2006 Fulbright Fellowship to study the effects of rainforest clearing on the biodiversity of streams in Brazil’s Amazon River ecosystem. Dr. Deegan received a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in Marine Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.