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Lisa Suatoni, Senior Scientist, New York

Lisa Suatoni

Lisa Suatoni is a senior scientist in the oceans program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. She works on a variety of topics including ocean acidification and sustainable fisheries management, but is broadly interested in the intersection of science and policy. Lisa has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

Recent Posts

Ocean Acidification: What is It, and Which Communities are at Risk?

Posted January 24, 2014 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans

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Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association, worries about Maine’s mudflats. That’s because in some areas these low-lying coastal wetlands have become acidic enough to kill young clams before they reach maturity. “Ocean acidification is a deep concern,”...continued

Beyond Shellfish, Ocean Acidification is Bad for People

Posted December 2, 2013 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans

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There's a predictable arc to many environmental debates. Step 1: Scientists observe a change in the natural world due to human activity. Step 2: A discussion ensues about what this change might mean for the natural world. Will it challenge...continued

IPCC Report Underscores Need to Address Ocean Acidification

Posted October 3, 2013 by Lisa Suatoni in Curbing Pollution, Reviving the World's Oceans

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In the recently released Fifth Assessment Report the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change documented more evidence that humans are causing climate change and expanded our understanding of the significance and speed of this change. The report also addressed a...continued

Calling All Science Geeks: NRDC Teams With XPRIZE on $2 Million Global Competition To Take On Ocean Acidification

Posted September 9, 2013 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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For more than a decade, scientists have been sounding the alarm about ocean acidification, one of the greatest threats to our planet’s seas. This dramatic change in ocean chemistry spells trouble for many species. Researchers have already found harm to...continued

A Big Salty 'Bravo' to Governor Gregoire and Washington State

Posted December 12, 2012 by Lisa Suatoni

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Last week, Washington took a major step to confront the acidifying waters off its coast.  Governor, Christine Gregoire, signed an executive order calling on state agencies to take concrete actions to help protect marine life – and the State’s $270...continued

Can we keep discussions about ocean acidification honest?

Posted January 12, 2012 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In his article, ‘Taking Fears of Acid Oceans with a Grain of Salt’, Matt Ridley recycles the standard arsenal of invalid climate ‘skeptic’ arguments and tactics, but applies them to ocean acidification, the lesser known global impact from rising atmospheric...continued

The Evaluation of Deepwater Horizon's Environmental Toll (Challenges of a Novel Oil Spill)

Posted January 11, 2011 by Lisa Suatoni in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans

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In recent months there’s been a lot of talk about how the spill “wasn’t so bad.”  My question to that is…By what, or whose, evaluation? Right now, what we do know about the spill’s impacts is striking.  And just as...continued

Breaking down the science in the government's "oil budget" report on the Gulf

Posted August 12, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week, the federal government released a report on the oil budget of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.  After reviewing it closely, there were a few things that stood out about the government’s analysis and the ‘roll-out’. 1. The statement...continued

Many questions still unanswered on dispersants following EPA report

Posted August 4, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This week, the EPA released an additional round of research findings on the dispersant used in the Gulf Oil Spill. The EPA has conducted acute toxicity testing of eight chemical oil dispersants - including the one used in response to...continued

Go below the surface of the Gulf Oil disaster with a new interactive illustration

Posted July 16, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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From a previous blog of mine, “The many pathways (and impacts) of the Oil – from the surface to the Seafloor”, Kathryn McGrath (NRDC's Manager of Social Media and Blogging) and illustrator Jason Bishop worked together to produce this fantastic...continued

Watch! A Gulf Thick with Life -- and Oil

Posted June 8, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Southern Louisiana crude has been flooding into the Gulf of Mexico - uncontrolled - for much of the spring.  Where is the oil?  What is it harming?  What unique habitats and biological diversity is at risk? The Gulf of Mexico...continued

The Many Pathways (and Impacts) of the Oil - from Surface to Seafloor

Posted June 4, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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 Historically, oil spill response efforts (and research) have focused on impacts to wildlife and coastal ecosystems.  This focus is understandable because the surface destruction is visible, and our reaction visceral.   Also, we’ve learned from previous oil spills that impacts to...continued

Is anyone tracking the oil? If so, the plan and the data should be made public

Posted May 25, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The need to track (and assess) the oil The federal government plays two important roles following an oil spill: (1) providing aid and guidance to the cleanup efforts and (2) conducting a damage assessment to facilitate restoration.  To achieve these...continued

How much oil is spilling in to the Gulf of Mexico? And, yes, it does matter.

Posted May 20, 2010 by Lisa Suatoni in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Soon after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, the coast guard and BP estimated that 42,000 gallons (1000 barrels) were leaking from the well each day into the Gulf of Mexico.  Within a week this estimate was revised by...continued

Why Scientists Agree Ocean Acidification is Undeniably Caused by Humans

Posted October 16, 2009 by Lisa Suatoni in Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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A past comment on this blog raised an excellent question.  Captain Crutcher writes: "How can we be sure that this cycle we are observing with our highly tuned skills is caused solely by humans ... has this happened before, prior...continued

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