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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

NOAA Releases an Important Fisheries Climate Science Strategy

Posted August 27, 2015 by Lisa Suatoni

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The Fisheries Climate Science Strategy released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an important and bold step by the agency to better manage our nation's fisheries in the face of a changing climate. It's a...continued

The Clean Power Plan Offers Hope for the Oceans

Posted July 30, 2015 by Lisa Suatoni

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U.S. marine ecosystems and fisheries have long been an economic engine and cultural source of wealth for our country - an invaluable resource that sustains the very air we breathe. Which is why we must take action against the triple...continued

Fabulous New Ocean Acidification Sensors from the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize

Posted July 21, 2015 by Lisa Suatoni

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Three engineering teams win for developing new affordable and accurate ocean pH sensors at the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize! This is the much needed first step to combatting and preparing for a changing ocean. When carbon dioxide is released...continued

Who in the United States will be Most Harmed by Ocean Acidification?

Posted March 4, 2015 by Lisa Suatoni

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In 2007, when Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery in Oregon experienced extreme die-offs of baby oysters, the company became the first known economic victim of ocean acidification in the United States. While the development of 'early warning' systems for corrosive waters...continued

Why not first ask: 'Is it working?'

Posted May 28, 2014 by Lisa Suatoni

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As Congress prepares to consider reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the rebuilding provision of that law has—again—become a lightning rod. The rebuilding provision, which Congress incorporated into the law by Congress in the 1996 reauthorization, mandates...continued

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

Posted January 24, 2014 by Lisa Suatoni

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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