Dr Kenworthy has recently joined the Freshwater Ecology theme at TropWATER. He is a Research Biologist, recently retired after 33 years working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, N.C. Dr Kenworthy has spent most of his career focused on applied research designed to address issues related to the conservation and protection of marine resources. His research addresses seagrass ecology and restoration, disturbance ecology, endangered species protection, optical water quality modelling, and designing and implementing environmental assessments and resource mapping and monitoring programs. Dr Kenworthy’s work has assisted Federal, State, and International Agencies, as well as NGOs, in developing and implementing conservation and restoration programs for seagrasses, manatees and green sea turtles here in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Prior to retiring from NOAA, Dr Kenworthy was a scientific working group leader for NOAA’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and continues this work as a NOAA sub-contractor.