Research Coordinator


Jeffrey Crooks, Ph.D.

Jeff is an ecologist interested in the study and management of coastal ecosystems in urbanized settings. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Marine Ecology from San Diego State University, and Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His research has focused on biological invasions in estuaries, and he has worked in San Francisco Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and the embayments of San Diego. As the Research Coordinator at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, Jeff is working to continue the reserve's strong tradition of integrating science and management. Advancing the ongoing restoration and invasive species programs in the Tijuana River Valley are among his top priorities.
sound science for effective management of coastal resources, including wetland restoration. The Reserve has embarked on an ambitious restoration program, aimed at recovering hundreds of acres of lost wetlands. Continued research at the Tijuana Estuary will help guide this effort to recover some of California’s most threatened habitats.