After nine years as the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) Coordinator, Scott Robinson returned to Georgia Department of Natural Resources as Fishery Operations Manager. Following an extensive search and interview process, Dr. Jessica Graham was selected and will assume the duties of the SARP Coordinator on March 16, 2015. She will work for SARP on a contractual basis under a contract with SAFWA.
Jessica joins SARP after serving as a Regional Biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative, a program focused on developing regional partnerships to implement local conservation actions that address statewide conservation priorities identified in Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan. As a Regional Biologist, Jessica has developed effective partnerships and provided technical guidance, planning and financial assistance, and coordination for a variety of projects focused on restoring, protecting, and enhancing freshwater and estuarine habitats in northwest Florida.
Through various roles, Jessica has demonstrated her ability to build and maintain effective conservation partnerships among local, state and federal partners; secure and leverage grant funding and technical resources for habitat restoration projects; manage project budgets; and effectively communicate project activities/outcomes to garner awareness and broad-based support for fish habitat conservation.
Jessica has a B.S. in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Graham will be housed in the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Panama City Field Office.