Lisa received a B.S. in business management from California Polytechnic University in 1982. After completing a masters degree in intercultural administration from the School for International Training in 1990, she attended the University of Connecticut and received a Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 2000. Lisa received a Fulbright Scholarship and a Social Science Research Council Fellowship for her doctoral research in fishing communities in Northwest Madagascar. She joined the Social Sciences Branch of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in December of 2002.
Lisa is a leader in the national effort to develop quantitative indicators of fishing community vulnerability and resilience to changing fishery management and climate conditions. She recently co-designed a website and interactive mapping tool (http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/humandimensions/social-indicators/index) that models the indicators for nearly 3,800 communities in 24 states nationally. Her research interests include the development of indicators of climate change vulnerability for commercial and recreational fishing businesses and infrastructure, community dependence on climate vulnerable species vulnerability and a bi-coastal assessment of the rising age of fishermen. She was involved in a rapid assessment and a one year follow-up study of the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the commercial and recreational fishing industries in New York and New Jersey.