Assistant Professor of Biology
Office: Activities West, 202
BA 1990 (Psychobiology) University of California, Santa Cruz
MA 1997 (Marine Biology) Boston University
PhD 2005 (Environmental Biology) University of Massachusetts, Boston
Lisa Kerr Lobel is an assistant professor of Biology in the Department of Math and Science. Dr. Lobel is also a Visiting Researcher in the Biology Department at Boston University. She served as the director of the Colleges of the Fenway Center for Sustainability and the Environment from 2013 - 2015.
Within her courses, Dr. Lobel promotes enthusiasm and excitement for science with the ultimate goals of; 1) increasing science literacy in order to provide background knowledge and generate interest in environmental and scientific issues, and 2) to emphasize that citizen concern and action can result in far-reaching environmental improvements.
As a marine and environmental biologist, Dr. Lobel's primary research interests focus on impacts of human induced changes in aquatic environments. Specifically, she is interested in understanding contaminant effects on development, reproduction and growth in aquatic organisms and how these can be used as indicators of environmental health. Her current research projects focus on marine conservation and include documenting patterns of diversity in the unique ecological region offshore of Belize. She is also a scuba instructor and active in the scientific diving community.
Presentations with Student Researchers
- Kayla Grosso1, Naomi Suminski2, Ian Chamenko3, Reanna Chen1, Amy Chung2, Rose Dumais2, Ashley Gillis1, Ashleigh Girton1, Kaitlin Haines1, Kelsi Howard1, Valentina Laclare McEneany2, Nicole Manzi1, Amarielis Morales1, Charlotte Rivard2, Courtney Scherer1, Ziquelle Smalls1, Michael Berger2, Lisa Lobel1. Colleges of the Fenway Collaborative Examination of Chemical and Biological Aspects of the Muddy River, Boston, MA. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment. November 21, 2015. Bridgewater State University. (1Wheelock College, 2Simmons College, 3Emmanuel College)
- LaGattuta K, Ly D, Lobel L. The impact of urbanization on the Muddy River. Wheelock Student Research Conference. Wheelock College. Boston, MA. April 29, 2015. (Award for best student research design).
- Gaughan H, Lobel L. Too hot for school: How urban campuses influence the urban heat island. Wheelock Student Research Conference. Wheelock College. Boston, MA. April 29, 2015.
- Lobel L, Antolick R, Faszewski EE, Berger M, Pritchard H. Utilizing field based activities to support student learning and engagement. SENCER: New England Regional Conference. SNHU, Manchester, NH. April 18, 2015.
- Cardamone C, Lobel L. 2016. Using citizen science to engage introductory students: From streams to the solar system. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 17: 117-119. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1082
- Lobel LK. ed. 2015. Diving for Science. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Key West, FL: AAUS; 2015. 111pp.
- Lobel LK, Lobel PS. 2015. Choosing indicator organisms for monitoring contaminants in coral reefs: Case studies from Johnston Atoll, Central Pacific Ocean. In: Lobel LK ed. Diving for Science. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Key West, FL: AAUS; 2015.
- Lobel PS, Lobel LK. 2015. Milestones in underwater ichthyology: An updated perspective. In: Lobel LK ed. Diving for Science. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Key West, FL: AAUS; 2015
- Lobel LK, Lobel PS. 2013. Junkyard damselfishes: Spawning behavior and nest site selection. In: Lang M, Sayer M eds. Diving for Science. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences / European Scientific Diving Panel Joint International Scientific Diving Symposium. Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles: AAUS; 2013.
- Lobel, L.K. 2011. Toxic caviar: Using fish embryos to monitor contaminant impacts. In: Pollock NW, ed. Diving for Science. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 30th Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL: AAUS; 2011. pp 33-39.
- Lobel, P., Lobel, L. 2011. Endemic marine fishes of Belize: evidence of isolation in a unique ecological region. In: Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. (eds.), Too Precious to Drill: the Marine Biodiversity of Belize, pp. 48-51. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 19(6). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia [ISSN 1198-6727].
- Kerr Lobel, L., Lobel P.S. 2009. Contaminants in fishes from Johnston Atoll. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. Pp 1123-1128.
- Lobel P.S., Kerr Lobel L. 2008. Aspects of the Biology and Geology of Johnston and Wake Atolls, Pacific Ocean. Chapter 17 in Coral Reefs of the USA, Series: Coral Reefs of the World , Vol. 1 Riegl, Bernhard M.; Dodge, Richard E. (Eds.) 2008,. 806pp.
- Lobel P.S., Kerr Lobel L. 2004. Annotated checklist of the fishes of Wake Atoll. Pacific Science 58(1):65-90.
- Kerr Lobel L., Davis E.A. 2002. Immunohistochemical detection of polychlorinated biphenyls in field collected damselfish (Abudefduf sordidus; Pomacentridae) embryos and larvae. Environmental Pollution 120(3):529-532.
- Lobel P.S., Kerr L.M. 2002. Status of contaminants in Johnston Atoll lagoon sediments after 70 years of US military activity. Proceedings of the 9th International Coral Reef Symposium. Bali, Indonesia 23-27 October 2000. Vol 2. pp. 861-866.
- Kerr L.M., Lobel P.S., Ingoglia J.M. 1999. Evaluation of a reporter gene system biomarker for detecting contamination in tropical marine sediments. Biological Bulletin 197:303-306.
- Kerr L.M. 1996. Developmental defects in damselfish (Abudefduf sordidus, Pomacentridae) embryos from metal artificial reefs. Biological Bulletin 191:306-307.
- LSC 140 Intro to Environmental Challenges
- LSC 201 Environmental Forum: Urban Ecology and Energy and Climate Change
- LSC 240 Sustainability through Community Engagement (Service Learning in Boston and Cuba)
- LSC 335 Environmental Impacts
Life and Physical Science
- LSC 153 Human Biology
- LSC 252 Tropical Ecology (International Service Learning in Belize)
- LSC 254 Intro to Marine Biology
- PSC 181 The Physical Universe
- PSC 185 Discovering Planet Earth
- PSC 255 Natural Disasters
General Education Capstone
- GEC 248 Jungles and Jaguar Gods: Exploring the Maya Environment (with Dr. Akeia Benard)