Jim Fourqurean, is the director of the Marine Education and Research Initiative for the Florida Keys in the school of Environment, Arts and Society, and oversees activity at Aquarius Reef Base. Fourqurean is a marine and estuarine ecologist with a special interest in benthic plant communities, food webs, and nutrient biogeochemistry. He developed a love of seagrass ecosystems while doing his dissertation research in the Florida Bay.
Fourqurean has specialized in the application of elemental and stable isotopic composition or organisms as indicators of ecosystem processes. He is an expert in carbon storage and fluxes in coastal ecosystems, and the importance of these ecosystems to climate regulation and mitigation. He has current research interests in the Florida Keys, the Gulf of Mexico, in Mexico, Panama, Bermuda, the western Mediterranean and Australia.