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Jonathan Lyon, Ph.D.

Vice Provost

Jon has been a faculty member in Biology at Merrimack since 2001, when he came to the Department as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Professor of Biology in 2014. He was President of the Faculty Senate from 2015-2016, Chair of Biology from 2013-2016, Co-Director of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS) Program from 2011-2013 and Co-Director of the Environmental Science Program from 2002-2005. He was also co-founder of the interdisciplinary ESS Program.

Dr. Lyon earned his B.S. degree in Biology at Beloit College and his Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Ecology at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focus is on applied ecological investigations of the composition, structure and dynamics of both terrestrial and aquatic systems with a specific focus on riparian corridors and freshwater aquatic plant communities. He also has strong interests and has published on conservation and in particular, community based conservation efforts. He has published in journals such as Plant Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management and Oryx and has authored or co-authored several book chapters on forest ecology and community based conservation. He also has forged successful and funded environmental partnerships between Merrimack, regional not-for-profits, municipalities and State agencies to address freshwater and ecosystem impairment issues in northeast Massachusetts.


Ph.D., Ecology, Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Biology, Beloit College


Austin Hall, Provost’s Suite