Marine Science

Marine Science

Jeannine M. Lessmann

Assistant Professor of Marine Science & Biology

Jeannine LessmannMarine Botany
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1998

Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
727-864-7686 (Office)
727-864-7964 (Fax)
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Basic and applied ecology of wetland macrophytes. My primary research interest is the influence of environmental factors on plant establishment, distribution and productivity in natural as well as restored communities.

Courses Offered

Marine and Freshwater Botany, Plant Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Ecosystems of Florida, Marine Science Junior Seminar, Marine Science Senior Seminar (Community Ecology), Ecology of Belize

Selected Publications

Smith, N. F., C. L. Wilcox, and J. M. Lessmann.  Accepted.  Fiddler crab burrowing affects growth and production of the white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) in a restored Florida coastal marsh.  Marine Biology.

Lessmann, J. M., H. Brix, H. Cizkova, O. A. Clevering, F. Comin. In press. Effect of climatic gradients on the photosynthetic response of Phragmites australis populations. Aquatic Botany.

Lessmann, J. M., I. A. Mendelssohn, K. L. McKee. In review. Field evaluation of flood-and salt-tolerant populations of the brackish marsh macrophyte Spartina patens.

Lessmann, J. M., I. A. Mendelssohn, M. W. Hester, K. L. McKee. 1997. Population variation in growth response to flooding of three marsh grasses. Ecological Engineering 8:31-47.

Baldwin, A.H., W.J. Platt, K.L. Gathan, J. M. Lessmann, T.J. Rauch. 1995. Hurricane damage and regeneration in mangrove forests of Southeast Florida, USA. Journal of Coastal Research. 21:169-183.

Project Gallery

Cockroach Bay Deployment

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

GMSL patio

The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.