Jeff Donnelly grew up in Massachusetts and has spent much  of his
life in New England. He earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science from the
University of Massachusetts, a master’s in coastal and watershed
systems from Yale University, and a doctorate in coastal geology from
Brown University. Much of his work involves piecing together New
England’s climate in the recent past. “Why not work close to home on a
system you are familiar with?” he said. His overarching goal is to
understand how changes in the climate system have altered terrestrial
and coastal systems, and vice versa, and to improve our ability to
project how coastal landforms and embayments will respond to future
changes. From 2004-2006, Donnelly was a joint fellow of the Coastal Ocean
Institute and the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at WHOI.