Lisa conducted a PhD in the Geoff Jones lab at the College of Marine & Environmental Sciences at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Her thesis project 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
Her primary research focus with TropWATER is to explore the efficacy of coral restoration methods globally, and evaluate their potential for use on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. 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.
In an ongoing side-project, 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.