Conor MacDonnell headshotConor MacDonnell

Coastal Agency Liaison

PO Box 110400
Gainesville, FL  32611-0400
(434) 202-9337





Conor’s passion for ocean life and marine science inspired him to pursue a career in aquatic restoration and marine policy.  Through NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program, Conor first became involved in restoration research working to return a healthy clam population in New Jersey through Rutgers University.  During his master’s degree, he studied mangrove ecology to determine their role in methane production and water quality improvements.  During a subsequent PhD at the University of Florida, Conor studied multiple seagrass restoration techniques in various subtropical environments in Florida, coordinating efforts between academic, governmental, and non-profit organizations.

Currently, Conor continues to channel his passion for ocean conservation and drive to connect like-minded individuals through his position as a coastal agency liaison for Florida Seagrant.  This new position will help connect FSG to other environmentally minded governmental, academic, and non-profit groups to help environmental efforts and those connected to our water resources recover from the current COVID-19 epidemic.


B.S., Biology, College of William and Mary, 2014

M.S., Environmental Science, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2016

PhD, Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida, 2021