Lisa Watkins

Community Science Specialist


  • Community Science
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Water Quality
  • Outreach & Communication

Lisa coordinates WSG Crab Team’s volunteer monitoring network, which collects detection data on the invasive European green crab across Washington’s Coastal and Puget Sound regions. She aims to facilitate successful community science experiences at WSG, where volunteers are supported and their efforts honored, with data that is valuable and fully utilized.

Prior to joining WSG, Lisa received her PhD from Cornell University, where she led research focused on quantification and transport of plastic pollution and on community-sourced data. Previously, she supported programming and citizen science at Teton Science Schools and served as a Community Science Fellow with Thriving Earth Exchange.

Lisa holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and a bachelors in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University.

Lisa in the field