Steven Canty

Photo of Steven Canty Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
Phone: 202-633-1615

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Mangrove management, Seagrass management, Marine spatial planning, Population genetics

Biographical Sketch

I am a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Marine Station, where I coordinate the Marine Conservation Program, and lead the seascapes component of the Working Land and Seascapes action area of the Conservation Commons, a pan-institutional initiative.

My research focuses on the management of two critical marine ecosystems, mangroves and seagrasses, with the aim of supporting sustainable fisheries. Marine spatial planning is a large component of my work, how to build marine reserves that balance ecological requirements of fisheries and marine habitats, with the socioeconomic demands of coastal communities. Through this I combine a range of research techniques, including genetic analyses, in-situ monitoring, habitat mapping, and morphometric analyses, which support management decision-making and marine reserve design.


Ph.D. – Environmental Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021

M.Sc. – Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science, Lund University, 2007

B.Sc. – Marine Biology, University of Wales Swansea, 2001


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