Lisa’s current research explores the efficacy of coral restoration methods globally, and evaluate their potential for use on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The work involves collaborations with stakeholders, management and practitioners to develop best practice methods for the evaluation of coral restoration success. The project is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary and strives to bridge the gap between restoration practitioners and restoration ecologists through the use of innovative science communication.
Lisa’s previous research investigated the consequences of habitat degradation to the ecology of reef fishes. In particular, she was interested in how behavioural interactions are affected by habitat degradation, and investigating the link to species loss following coral degradation. Lisa has also developed a cost-effective and widely available method to cull crown-of-thorns starfish. The method achieves 100% mortality using a single shot of household white vinegar and is now widely used throughout the Indo-Pacific region, and on the Great Barrier Reef.