Lisamarie Windham-Myers


Dr. Lisamarie Windham-Myers is a wetland ecologist and lead scientist for the USGS-NRP program “Plant:Soil:Water Interactions in Wetland Ecosystems”. Broadly-trained in ecosystem ecology, her research focuses on plant physiology and its influence on carbon, nutrient, and trace-metal biogeochemistry. Her approaches span landscape-to-molecular scales as necessary to understand how human and stochastic alterations of wetland structure influence wetland function.  A San Francisco Bay native, her local research sites represent a wide range of salinity and management conditions, from rice agriculture to coastal and restored wetlands.  Lisa serves in several local, national and international science advisory efforts to evaluate wetland management and modeling approaches to quantify wetland carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas budgets and/or mercury methylation and export. 






Research Ecologist

National Research Program, Water Resources Division

Project: Plant:Water:Soil Interactions in Wetland Ecosystems

United States Geological Survey, 345 Middlefield Road, MS 480, Menlo Park, CA 94025

(650) 329-4447, Email:



I am a broadly-trained wetland ecologist with a focus on plant physiology and its influence on carbon, nutrient and trace metal biogeochemistry in tidal marshes.  My approaches span landscape-to-molecular scales, as necessary to evaluate biogeochemical processes within an ecosystem context, and to better understand how human and stochastic alterations of wetland structure influence wetland function. 



Ph.D.    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey      (Ecology)                           1999

M.S.      Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey      (Geography)                      1995

B.A.      University of California, Los Angeles (Environmental Engineering)           1991


Research and Professional Experience:


Research Ecologist, National Research Program                                                   2004-present

   Water Resources Division,

United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA

Lecturer, Coastal Wetlands (EARTHSYS 108/208)                                               2006-present

  Earth Systems Program,

School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, CA

Assistant Professor                                                                                                                   2000-2004

  Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences,

Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Sabbatical - Visiting Scholar                                                                                               2003   

  Department of Geological and Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

NSF Post-doctoral  Fellow                                                                                                     1998-2000

  Department of Biological Sciences,

Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

NOAA NERR Fellow / NASA Global Change Research Fellow                         1995-1998

  Department of Biological Sciences,

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Geographic Information System Coordinator (part-time)                              1992-1999

  Natural Heritage Program, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Scientist                                                                    1989-1992

  Airborne Sensor Facility, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA


Current Projects:


Environmental Protection Agency - Mercury on a Landscape Scale: Balancing Regional Exports with Wildlife Health


California Department of Fish and Wildlife Ecosystem Restoration Program– BREW2 – Augmentation for a Process-based Approach to Mercury on a Landscape Scale

NASA ROSES Earth Science Applications - Forecasting Coastal Habitat Distributions through Fusion of Earth Observations, Process Models and Citizen Science: A Climate Change Adaptation Tool for the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

NASA ROSES Carbon Monitoring Systems - Linking Satellite and Soil Data to Validate Coastal Wetland "Blue Carbon" Inventories: upscaled support for developing MRV and REDD+ protocols

American Carbon Registry (ACR) – Technical Panel for California Wetland Carbon Trading Protocol

California Rice Research Board – Mercury in California Rice Systems (with UC Davis)

CA Dept. of Water Resources - Cache Creek Settling Basin Mercury Control Program (USGS CAWSC)

U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Assessing Carbon Storage and Wildlife Benefits from Restored Coastal Wetlands in the Nisqually River Delta


Professional and Public Outreach:

Associate Editor, Wetlands (Society of Wetland Scientists)

US Representative, Council for Environmental Cooperation - North America's Blue Carbon Program

Workshop Participant - Coastal CARbon Synthesis (CCARS), North American Carbon Program, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis,  Salton Sea Science Advisory Panel, Capitalizing on Coastal Blue Carbon


Presenter and Session Convener for Professional Societies: American Geophysical Union, Society of Wetland Scientists, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, American Association for the Advancement Science

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2011- Expert Panel for Wetland Additional Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories 

Graduate Student (Ph.D.) Advisor (Stanford University; U. California, Davis)

NOAA Hollings-EPP Scholar Program Advisor

Restore Americas Estuaries -  Blue Carbon Network

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve – Tech.  Adv. Committee for Wetland Restoration