Les Kaufman is an evolutionary ecologist specializing in the biology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. He has special expertise in coral reef biology, the evolution and ecology of tropical great lakes fishes, and ecosystem-based management of marine resources.
Kaufman received his Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. degrees in evolutionary ecology from Johns Hopkins University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1980. He is based in Boston as Professor of Biology in the Boston University Marine Program, and Faculty Fellow in the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, where he leads interdisciplinary work on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS). He conducted post-doctoral research at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology from 1980 to 1983, where he remains an Associate in Ichthyology. Kaufman worked full-time with the New England Aquarium from 1983 through 1994, serving in turn as Curator of Education, Curator of Exhibit Research and Development, and Chief Scientist. Since 2005 he has worked as a senior marine scientist and PI for the Marine Management Areas Science Program (www.science2action.org), and since 2012 as Marine Conservation Fellow in the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science. Since 2010, he has also served on the advisory board of Healthy Reefs for Healthy People.
Kaufman is active in public education and outreach, occasionally involved in the production of popular articles, television, and radio for venues such as National Geographic, Ranger Rick, and the National Public Broadcasting system. He has taken part in four saturation diving missions at the Aquarius underwater laboratory, where he has also performed underwater surgery on fish to implant electronic acoustic tags inside them.
- Kaufman, Les (2013). "Les Kaufman - LinkedIn". LinkedIn Corporation. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
- Stone, Gregory (September 2003). "Deep Science @ National Geographic Magazine - National Geographic Online Extra". National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved February 29, 2012.