Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Coastal and Nearshore Environment, Coral Reefs, Cumulative Impacts, Ecosystem Health, Pacific Nations, Tropical Ecosystems
Lisa Wedding joined the Center for Ocean Solutions as an early career science fellow in October 2013. At the Center, Lisa is working with the Ocean Tipping Points team to quantitatively assess spatial ecological resilience across distinct gradients of human and natural impacts in order to identify ecosystem-based solutions for managing human activities in the Hawaiian Archipelago. In addition, she is engaged in spatial modeling efforts to support the InCCAP (Incorporating Natural Capital into Climate Adaptation Planning) project focused on the valuation of natural systems in protecting coastal communities from climate change impacts along the California central coast. She was recently promoted to being a research associate for spatial ecology and analysis.
Lisa earned her PhD in geography with a specialization in marine landscape ecology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010. She has a special interest in applying a geospatial approach to study marine biogeographic patterns in support of marine conservation and management. Her dissertation research involved spatially predictive modeling and mapping of coral reef fish assemblages in Hawaii using bathymetric LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) data.
After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a marine landscape ecologist with the NOAA Biogeography Branch on several marine biogeographic and ecological assessment projects in Hawaii and the U.S.Virgin Islands. Lisa joined the Habitat Ecology Team at NOAA Fisheries & UCSC Institute of Marine Sciences as a postdoc from 2011-2013. Her research efforts there focused on spatial modeling of rockfish density and biomass to support the assessment and management of critical habitats and fish stocks.