Staff Profile
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Dr. Lisa Schile is a coastal ecologist who specializes in wetland plant ecology, carbon cycling, and ecological modeling. Her research has incorporated remote sensing, simulations of habitat change, and manipulative field experiments to investigate how tidal wetlands might respond to predicted sea-level rise. She is a postdoctoral research fellow for the Smithsonian’s Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network, a new global marine network, studying how different wetlands around the world sequester carbon and uses a new technique to measure plant decomposition by burying tea bags everywhere she goes. When she got her first pair of rubber boots at the age of eight, Lisa began to explore rivers and mucky soil and she hasn’t stopped since. She’s studied wetlands in Panama, Belize, United Arab Emirates, San Francisco Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Lousiana, and Florida.