Senior Scientist and Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
John Parker is a Senior Scientist and Research Ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. His research focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, and invasive species on native plant and animal communities. Broadly trained in plant community ecology, Parker has been lucky enough to work in all kinds of habitats, including underwater seagrass meadows and reefs, the mangrove swamps of Panama, Bangladesh, and Florida, and the coastal plain forests filtering into the Chesapeake Bay. Many of these projects utilize long-term, large-scale field-based experiments, an approach that generally includes Citizen Scientists and volunteers working alongside professionally trained scientists and students. Parker’s research articles can be found in journals like Science, Nature, Ecology Letters, PNAS, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and Ecology, and at his website https://serc.si.edu/labs/terrestrial-ecology.