John Jeff Govoni

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NOAA Beaufort Lab Oral Histories


Interviews with retired staff of NOAA Beaufort Lab, documenting their academic background, career path, research focus, and reflections on their work in the lab.  

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Dr. Jeff Govoni's was born in Wareham, Massachusetts, and spent his formative years in the Village of Buzzards Bay, fostering a deep fascination with the local plants and animals. He pursued a Bachelor's Degree in Biology at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, which he successfully completed in 1970. Following his graduation, he joined the Massachusetts National Guard. In the years that followed, from 1972 to 1974, Jeff worked with a consulting firm, focusing on describing the distribution of fish eggs and larvae in Narragansett Bay. His dedication to marine science led him to pursue a Ph.D. at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the College of William and Mary, where he delved into the physiology of larval fish, culminating in the conferral of his degree in 1980. Taking an Interagency Transfer Appointment from VIMS to the Beaufort Lab in 1980, Jeff began his journey as a full-time permanent Federal employee. Over the next few decades, he dedicated his efforts to research projects such as the distribution of fish eggs and larvae in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX Project) during the early 1990s and the South Atlantic Bight (SABRE Project) from the same period onwards. Jeff's responsibilities expanded to encompass administration and management of the Beaufort Lab, where he devoted his expertise during his final years. Jeff retired from NOAA in 2011.

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