Division of Environmental Health
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Dr. Crooks started working in the coastal wetlands of San Diego as a graduate student at SDSU in the late 1980’s, and has been the Research Coordinator of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve since 2002. Jeff runs the Reserve’s Research and Monitoring Program, which promotes the use of sound science to adaptively manage and restore urban marine ecosystems in the face of a variety of stressors, including climate change. Jeff’s research has also focused on viewing invasive species as both causes and consequences of environmental change. Jeff has a B.S. from Colorado State University, a M.S. from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. He also was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland and San Francisco before returning to San Diego.