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Lisa Lucas

General Engineer

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Lisa uses numerical models and field observations to understand physical-biological processes governing variability in water quality and habitat function in surface water systems. In particular, she studies interactions between environmental parameters and processes such as hydrodynamic transport, light availability, filter feeding by consumers, and bathymetry and their influence on biomass and productivity of phytoplankton.  Her focus tends to be on tidal systems, although some of her work applies to rivers and lakes as well. She thinks of herself as an "Ecohydrodynamicist", but some of her friends like to call her things like "Hydro-phydamicist" (which she doesn't mind).

 

  •  I love being a member of Jim Cloern's Plankton Dynamics Team. Check out our website at http://sfbay.wr.usgs.gov/access/wqdata/
  • I'm psyched to be part of the USGS CASCaDE Project (Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem). Check us out at http://cascade.wr.usgs.gov/
  • I did my graduate work at Stanford University in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory with Jeff Koseff and Stephen Monismith  (http://www.stanford.edu/group/efml/)
  • My undergrad alma mater is University of Notre Dame (the one in South Bend, Indiana)--GO IRISH!





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My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Water Resourcesestuaries
Water Resourcessurface water quality
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

A Water Census of the United States

Contact Information

Lisa Lucas
Bldg 15, McKelvey Building, 345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025-3561
llucas@usgs.gov
650-329-4588
650-329-4327 - Fax
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