I am a coastal plant ecologist interested in underwater grasses also known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). SAV, including seagrasses, are found at the land-sea margin, a highly variable, stressful, and disturbed habitat. In recent decades increases in anthropogenic disturbances and impacts from climate change in coastal and estuarine habitats resulted in a decline of SAV populations at a global scale. My aim is to understand the effects of environmental stressors on large-scale physiological processes such as plant development and reproduction within SAV populations and to communicate these results to resource agencies and policy makers charged with their management.


  • 2015–present
    Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • 2013–2015
    Senior Research Scientist, James Cook University
  • 2010–2013
    Assistant Professor, Richard Stockton University of New Jersey
  • 2009–2010
    Research Marine Biologist, Engineer Research and Development Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers


  • 2009 
    Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary, PhD Marine Science


  • 2016
    For full list of publications see http://uncw.edu/bio/faculty_jarvis.html,

Professional Memberships

  • World Seagrass Association
  • Coastal Estuarine Research Federation
  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society