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Jon Kramer is the Director of Interdisciplinary Science for SESYNC. Previously, Dr. Kramer served as the Director of the Maryland Sea Grant since 2000. He has worked to apply new approaches to link science to policy development and decision-making in the environmental arena. Of particular interest is the use of facilitation, synthesis and consensus building to help address critical issues in the coastal arena as well as the development of effective science outreach mechanisms. Recent efforts include developing the scientific infrastructure to support ecosystem-based fisheries management in Chesapeake Bay, and a synthesis of historical data relevant to the suitability of dredged materials from Baltimore Harbor for innovative reuse options. Jon is engaged in efforts that foster organizational development, strategic planning and management to strengthen science-based organizations. Jon received a B.S at the University of Massachusetts, MS at SUNY Stony Brook and Ph.D. at the University of Maryland. His research was conducted at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences where he studied the physiology and molecular biology of marine phytoplankton. He was on the research faculty of the Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore, MD and focused on molecular mechanisms regulating growth and nitrogen metabolism in marine cyanobacteria. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Foundation.