(Term 2020 - present)
Lisa Hunt is Program Manager/Senior Scientist for the San Francisco Bay Nutrient Management Strategy, where she manages a team of scientists studying the ecological impacts of nutrient loads to the Bay and evaluating potential management options. Lisa has 24 years of experience working in aquatic ecosystems in California and around the world, in various sectors including nonprofit, consulting, government, and academia. Prior to joining SFEI, she was Director of California River Restoration Science for American Rivers, a national nonprofit, where she focused on habitat restoration, environmental flows, water quality, and water equity in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds. Previously, as Water Quality Group Manager at URS (now AECOM), Lisa worked on a variety of projects primarily in California, including: ecological impacts of herbicides, organophosphate pesticides and pyrethroid pesticides; effects of water diversions, changes in flow, and proposed water recirculation; aquatic toxicity of mosquito control pesticides; and alternatives for managing selenium-laden agricultural drainage water from the San Joaquin Valley. Her PhD research at UC Berkeley focused on evaluating effects of insecticides on aquatic invertebrate communities of small streams in soybean production regions in South America. Lisa received a BS in Environmental Systems Engineering from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University, where she focused on sustainable agriculture and fate and transport of pesticides and fertilizers, and an MS in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems.