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Lisamarie Windham-Myers

Lisamarie Windham-Myers is a research ecologist in the Earth Systems Process Division of the Water Mission Area.

Broadly-trained in ecosystem ecology, her research focuses on the relative influences of wetland and estuarine characteristics on carbon, nutrient, and trace-metal biogeochemistry. Her approaches span landscape-to-molecular scales as necessary to understand how alterations of wetland structure influences wetland function. Lisa’s research sites represent a wide range of salinity and management conditions, from rice agriculture to coastal and restored wetlands. Since 2000, she has authored or coauthored over 100 peer reviewed papers on wetland biogeochemistry, and co-produced functional maps of wetland elevation and soil characteristics. From local to national to global assessments, Lisa represents USGS capabilities and interests across the aquatic continuum to improve management of wetlands under climate and landuse-change scenarios.


  • Ph.D. 1999, Rutgers University, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
  • M.S. 1995, Rutgers University, Geography
  • B.A. 1991, University of California Los Angeles, Environmental Engineering


  • Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area (National Research Program) 2004-
  • Visiting Scholar , Stanford University (2003-2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lehigh University (2000-2004)
  • NSF Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept Biological Sciences, 1998-2000
  • NOAA NERR Fellow/NASA Global Change Research Fellow, 1995-1998
  • Geographic Information System Coordinator, Natural Heritage Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 1992-1999
  • Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Scientist, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 1989-1992


  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Watershed science
  • Carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry
  • Mercury biogeochemistry
  • Environmental restoration


  • North American Carbon Program, CoChair 2021 Open Science Meeting
  • NASA Carbon Monitoring System Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator and Science Team (2014-)
  • Powell Center Wetland Methane FLUXNET Synthesis (2018-)
  • NSF-Coastal Carbon Research Coordination Network (2018-)