USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Professional Pages

Blank space
Search USGS Professionals Featured Profiles Blank space Frequently Asked Questions  |  About The USGS Professional Pages
bio image of Lisamarie  Windham-Myers

Lisamarie Windham-Myers


Contact Info

Short Biography

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. 

Read Full Professional Summary

Download CV

Crooks, S., J. Callaway, L.M. Schile, J.Z. Drexler, L. Windham-Myers, and S. Deverel. (in press).  Chapter7: Carbon Accounting and Greenhouse Gas Flux. In (eds. P. Hickey and L. Grenier) Bay Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update.

Zhang, H., K.B. Moffett, L. Windham-Myers, and S.M. Gorelick. (2014) Hydrological Controls on Methylmercury Distribution and Flux in a Tidal Marsh. Environmental Science and Technology

Rothenberg, S.E., L. Windham-Myers, and J.E. Creswell. (2014) Rice Methylmercury Exposure and Mitigation: A Comprehensive Review. Environmental Research 133:407-423.

Windham-Myers L, (2014), Guest Editor Preface:  Methylmercury cycling in wetlands managed for rice agriculture and wildlife: Implications for methylmercury production, transport, and bioaccumulation, Science of The Total Environment.  484, 219-220

Bachand, P.A.M., S. Bachand, J. Fleck, F. Anderson, and L. Windham-Myers. (2014) Differentiating transpiration from evaporation in seasonal agricultural wetlands and the link to advective fluxes in the root zone.  Science of the Total Environment  484, 232-248

Bachand, P.A.M., S.M. Bachand, J.A. Fleck, C.N. Alpers, M. Stephenson and L. Windham-Myers. (2014). Methylmercury production in and export from agricultural wetlands in California, USA: The need to account for physical transport processes into and out of the root zone. Science of the Total Environment 484, 249-262

Drexler, J.Z., J. Paces, C.N. Alpers, L. Windham-Myers, L. Neymark, T. Bullen, and H.E. Taylor (2014). 234U/238U and 87Sr/86Sr in Peat as Tracers of Paleosalinity in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of California.Applied Geochemistry 40, 164–179

Windham-Myers, L.,  J.T. Ackerman, J.A. Fleck, M. Marvin-DiPasquale, C.A. Stricker, P. Bachand, C.A. Eagles-Smith, D. Feliz, G. Gill, M. Stephenson, and C.N. Alpers. (2014). Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands: a synthesis of observations from an integrated field study of methylmercury production, hydrologic export, and bioaccumulation. Science of the Total Environment 484, 221-231

Marvin-DiPasquale,  M.C., L. Windham-Myers, J.L. Agee, E. Kakouros, L.H. Kieu, and J. A. Fleck. (2014) Methylmercury production in sediment from agricultural and non-agricultural wetlands in the Yolo Bypass, California. Science of the Total Environment 484, 288-299

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Stricker, C., Agee, J.L., Kieu, L., and Kakouros, E. (2014)  Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands of California, USA: Experimental evidence of vegetation-driven changes in sediment biogeochemistry and methylmercury production. Science of the Total Environment 484, 300-307

Windham-Myers, L., M. Marvin-DiPasquale, E. Kakouros, J.L. Agee, L.H. Kieu, C. Stricker, J.A. Fleck, C.N. Alpers, and J.T. Ackerman (2014) Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands, Yolo Bypass, California: Mercury cycling in agricultural and managed wetlands of California, USA: Seasonal influences of vegetation on mercury methylation, storage, and transport. Science of the Total Environment 484, 308-318

Windham-Myers, L. (2013). Tidal Marsh Restoration: a Synthesis of Science and Management. Book Review (invited). Ecological Restoration

Schile, L., K.B. Byrd, L. Windham-Myers, and M. Kelly. (2013) Accounting for non-photosynthetic vegetation in remote sensing based estimates of carbon flux in wetlands: Remote Sensing Letters 4(6):542-551.

Windham-Myers, L. and J.T. Ackerman. 2012.  A Synthesis of Mercury Science to Support Methylmercury Control Studies for Delta Wetlands and Irrigated Agriculture. CAWSB Report. 50 pp.

Windham-Myers, L. and T. Jabusch. 2012, Yolo Bypass Findings Could Help Wetland Managers Reduce the Methylmercury Problem. Pulse of the Delta, October 2012 (

Anderson, F., B. Bergamaschi, L. Windham-Myers, R. Miller, and R. Fujii. 2012. Observations of the Atmospheric Carbon Cycle in Restored Wetlands. FluxNet Newsletter 4: 17-22

Windham-Myers, L., K. Ward,M. Marvin-DiPasquale, J.L. Agee, L.H.Kieu, and E.Kakouros. 2011. Biogeochemical Implications of Episodic Impoundment in a Restored Tidal Marsh of San Francisco Bay, California. Restoration Ecology

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Fleck, J.A., Alpers, C.N., Ackerman, J., Eagles-Smith, C., Stricker, C., Stephenson, M., Feliz, D., Gill, G., Bachand, P., Rice, A. and Kulakow, R., 2010,  Methylmercury cycling, bioaccumulation, and export from natural and agricultural wetlands in the Yolo Bypass; Cooperator Report prepared for the State Water Resources Control Board, by the U.S.G.S., CA Department of Fish and Game, Moss Landing Marine Lab, Battelle Marine Sciences, Bachand and Associates, and the Yolo Basin Foundation. September 30, 2010, 266 p.

Jones, S.A., D. Bornholdt, A. DeGange, D. Lavoie, D. Myers, R. Poore, J. Powell, J. Smith, A.B. Wade, L. Windham-Myers. 2010. USGS Long-Term Science Strategy in Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Submitted to USGS Management for Council of Environmental Quality Gulf Restoration Plan

Windham-Myers, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M.C. , Erikson, L., Agee, J.L., Kieu, L.H., Kakouros, E., and Ward, K., 2010, Biogeochemical processes in an urban, restored wetland of San Francisco Bay, California, 2007–2009; Methods and Data for Plant, Sediment and Water Parameters: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1299, 40 p.

Windham-Myers, L., G. Aiken, J. Bales, B. Bekins, J. E Cloern, C. A Eagles-Smith, R. P Eganhouse, E. Kakouros, D. P. Krabbenhoft, J. R Lacy, L. G Larsen, L. Lucas, M. Marvin-DiPasquale, N. B Rybicki, A. Slowey, R. Stewart, C. Swarzenski, J. K Thompson, M. P Waldrop. Conceptual Model Framework for a Long-Term Science Plan Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Submitted July 9, 2010

Grenier, L., Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Drury, D., Hunt, J., Robinson, A., Bezalel, S., Melwani, A., Agee, J., Kakouros, E., Kieu, L., Windham-Myers, L., and Collins, J..  2010. South Baylands Mercury Project.  Cooperator Report prepared for the California State Coastal Conservancy by San Francisco Estuary Institute, U.S. Geological Survey, and Santa Clara Valley Water District, February 10, 2010, 97 p.

Windham-Myers, L. , Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Agee, J.L. , Cox, M.H. and Kakouros, E. 2009. Monitoring of Vegetation Characteristics for Methylmercury Production in Reference Marshes for Salt Pond Restoration in South San Francisco Bay.  Final Report, The San Francisco Foundation, 18 p.

Windham-Myers, L., M. Marvin-DiPasquale, D.P. Krabbenhoft, J.L. Agee, M.H. Cox, P. Heredia-Middleton, C. Coates, and E. Kakouros. 2009. Experimental removal of wetland emergent vegetation leads to decreased methylmercury production in surface sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research 114, G00C05,

Yee, D., J. Collins, L. Grenier, J., Takekawa, D. Tsoa-Melcer, I. Woo., S. Schwarzbach, M. Marvin-DiPasquale, L. Windham-Myers, D. Krabbenhoft, S. Olund, and J. Evans, 2008. Mercury and Methylmercury Processes in Northern San Francisco Bay Delta Bay Tidal Wetlands Ecosystems.  Project ERP-02D-P62 Final Report. Submitted to the California Bay-Delta Authority Ecosystem Restoration Program. 65 p. 

Marvin-DiPasquale, M., Stewart, A.R., Fisher, N.S., Pickhardt, P., Mason, R.P., Heyes, A., and Windham-Myers, L., 2007, Evaluation Of Mercury Transformations and Trophic Transfer in the San Francisco Bay/Delta: Identifying Critical Processes for the Ecosystem Restoration Program: Final Report  for Project # ERP-02-P40. Submitted to the California Bay Delta Authority (CBDA),  40 p.

Alpers, C.N., C. Eagles-Smith, C.Foe, S. Klasing, M. Marvin-DiPasquale, D.G. Slotton, L. Windham-Myers. 2007. Mercury Conceptual Model — Delta Regional Ecosystem Restoration Implementation Plan (DRERIP). Submitted to the California Bay-Delta Authority Ecosystem Restoration Program. 65 p. (planned submission to San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science)

Windham-Myers, L. 2005. Effects of plant species on surficial tidal exchanges and porewater concentrations of dissolved inorganic nitrogen in brackish tidal marsh.  Biogeochemistry 75:289-304.

Windham, L., M. Laska, and J. Wollenberg. 2004. Evaluating the progress of wetland restorations in urban landscapes: Case studies for assessing connectivity and function.  Urban Habitats 2(1):140-158.

Windham, L., J.S. Weis, and P. Weis.  2004. Metal dynamics of plant litter of Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis in metal-contaminated salt marshes. Part 1: Patterns of decomposition and metal uptake. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 23:1520-1528

Windham, L. and J. Ehrenfeld. 2003. Conflicting effects of a plant invasion on nitrogen cycling processes within brackish tidal marshes.  Ecological Applications 13(4): 883-896.

Windham, L. and L. Meyerson. 2003. Impacts of Phragmites australis expansions on nitrogen dynamics of tidal marshes. Estuaries 26 (2B): 452-464 (Invited Paper)

Lathrop, R.G., L. Windham, and P. Montesano. 2003. Does Phragmites expansion alter the structure and function of marsh landscapes? Patterns and processes revisited.  Estuaries 26 (2B): 423-435 (Invited Paper)

Weis, J., L. Windham, and P. Weis. 2003. Patterns of metal accumulation in leaves of the tidal marsh plants Spartina alterniflora Loisel and Phragmites australis Cav. Trin ex Steud. over the growing season. Wetlands 23 (2): 246-250

Windham, L., Weis, J. and P. Weis. 2003. Uptake and distribution of metals in two dominant salt marsh macrophytes, Spartina alterniflora (cordgrass) and Phragmites australis (common reed).  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 56:63-72

Weis, P., L. Windham, D. J. Burke and J. S. Weis. 2002. Release into the environment of metals by two vascular salt marsh plants. Marine Environmental Research. 54(3): 325-329

Weis, J.S.,  L. Windham and P. Weis. 2002 Growth, survival and metal content in marsh invertebrates fed diets of detritus from Spartina alterniflora Loisel and Phragmites australis Cav. Trin. Ex Steud. from metal-polluted and clean sites. Wetlands Ecology and Management 10(1): 71-84.

Windham, L., Weis, J.S. and P. Weis. 2001. Patterns and processes of mercury (Hg) release from leaves of two dominant salt marsh plants: Spartina alterniflora (salt cordgrass) and Phragmites australis (common reed). Estuaries 24(5): 787-799

Windham, L., J. S. Weis and P. Weis. 2001. Lead uptake, distribution, and effects in two dominant salt marsh macrophytes, Spartina alterniflora (cordgrass) and Phragmites australis (common reed).  Marine Pollution Bulletin 42(10): 811-816

Windham, L. 2001. Comparison of biomass production and decomposition between Phragmites australis (common reed) and Spartina patens (salt hay) in brackish tidal marsh of New Jersey. Wetlands 21(2): 179-188

Weis, J.S.., L. Windham, C. Santiago-Bass and P. Weis. 2001. Growth, survival, and metal accumulation by marsh invertebrates fed diets of detritus from Spartina alterniflora Loisel and Phragmites australis Cav. Trin. Ex Steud  from metal-contaminated and clean sites. Wetland Ecology and Management 9(1): 1-14

Rooth, J., and L. Windham. 2000. Phragmites on death row: Is biocontrol really warranted? Wetland Journal 12(1):29-37

Windham, L. 2000. Microscale spatial distribution of Phragmites australis  (common reed) invasion into Spartina patens (salt hay)-dominant communities. Biological Invasions 1(2/3):137-147

Meyerson, L., K. Saltonstall, L. Windham, E. Kiviat, and S. Findlay. 2000.  A comparison of Phragmites australis ecology in freshwater, brackish and high salt marshes of North America.  Wetland Ecology and Management 8:89-103

Windham, L. and R. Lathrop. 1999. Effects of Phragmites australis (common reed) invasion on aboveground biomass and soil properties in brackish tidal marsh.  Estuaries 22(4): 927-935

Windham, L. and T. Breden. 1999. A GIS-based threat analysis of Helonias bulatta  (swamp-pink) populations of the Big Timber Creek watershed, New Jersey.  Bartonia 60:37-48


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentwetlands
Natural Resourcessoil resources
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuestoxic trace elements
Geologic Processessoil chemistry
Natural Resourcesnatural resource management
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinessea-level change
Plants and Animalsaquatic vegetation
Plants and Animalsinvasive species
Plants and Animalsplants
Geographic Analysis and Mappingremote sensing
Environmental Issuesland use change

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Plant-Ecosystem Ecology

Image of Current Focus for Plant-Ecosystem Ecology

Contact Information

Lisamarie Windham-Myers
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
650-329-4463 - Fax
Back to top

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information:Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: January 24 2013 17:21:51.
Version: 2.6