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Lizzie McLeod


Lizzie McLeod

Climate Adaptation Scientist

Lizzie Mcleod is the Nature Conservancy’s Climate Adaptation Scientist for the Asia Pacific region and the Science Lead for the Reef Resilience Network which provides the latest scientific guidance and resources to help coral reef managers globally to address the impacts of climate change and local threats. She was instrumental in developing TNC’s Reef Resilience toolkit and trainings which have trained nearly 1,500 reef managers in more than 75 countries on the best practices for addressing threats to coral reefs.

Lizzie’s research focuses on building the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems to climate change. She has over a decade of experience developing new strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change on tropical marine ecosystems and developing tools and guidance to help managers and communities to respond. She has worked on conservation projects across Micronesia, Indonesia, and Melanesia, modeling the impacts of climate change, conducting reef assessments, developing research priorities and management recommendations for climate change, blue carbon, ocean acidification, and developing and applying frameworks to assess community vulnerability to climate change and adaptation options.

She recently launched an initiative to broaden TNC’s engagement with faith groups to address the most pressing global challenges that we face and to build the evidence base that protecting and restoring land and water globally, enriches human lives and protects the diversity of life on earth.

Lizzie received her PhD in climate vulnerability and adaptation in tropical systems from the University of Hawaii. She has published over 30 conservation science papers on topics such as climate vulnerability and adaptation, marine protected areas, conservation planning, coral reef resilience, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, blue carbon, customary tenure, and partnerships between religious groups and conservation. She frequently speaks on conservation topics at national and international conferences and serves as Editor for two conservation journals: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Coastal Management.

Read some of her blog posts on Cool Green Science and Conservancy Talk.

Download Lizzie's CV

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Media

Publications

2015

Maynard, J.A., S. McKagan, L. Raymundo, S. Johnson, G. Ahmadia, L. Johnston, P. Houk, G. Williams, M. Kendall, S. F. Heron, R. van Hooidonk, E. Mcleod, K. Anthony, S. Planes. 2015. Assessing relative resilience potential of coral reefs to inform management. Biological Conservation 192: 109-111.

Mcleod, E., S. Margles, S. Wongbusarakum, M. Gombos, A. Dazé, A. Otzelberger, A. Hammill, V. Agostini, D.U. Cot, and M. Wiggins. 2015. Community-based climate vulnerability and adaptation tools: A review of tools and their applications. Coastal Management 43: 439–458.

Mcleod, E., B. Szuster, E.L. Tompkins, N. Marshall, T. Downing, S. Wongbusarakum, A. Patwardhan, M. Hamza, C. Anderson, S. Bharwani, L. Hansen, P. Rubinoff. 2015. Using expert knowledge to develop a vulnerability and adaptation framework and methodology for application in tropical island communities. Coastal Management 43: 365–382.

Mcleod, E. and M. Palmer. 2015. Why Conservation Needs Religion. Coastal Management 43: 238–252.

Kleypas J.A., F.S. Castruccio, E.N. Curchitser, E. Mcleod. 2015. The impact of ENSO on coral heat stress in the western equatorial Pacific. Global Change Biology 21(7): 2525–2539.

2014

Anthony, K.R.N., P.A. Marshall, A. Abdulla, R. Beeden, C. Bergh, R. Black, C.M. Eakin, E.T Game, M. Gooch, N.A.J. Graham, A. Green, S.F. Heron, R. van Hooidonk, C. Knowland, S. Mangubhai, N. Marshall, J.A. Maynard, P. McGinnity, E. McLeod, P.J. Mumby, M. Nyström, D. Obura, J. Oliver, H.P. Possingham, R.L. Pressey, G.P. Rowlands, J. Tamelander, D. Wachenfeld, and S. Wear. 2014. Operationalising resilience for adaptive coral reef management under global environmental change. Global Change Biology 21(1): 48–61.

Green, A.L., L. Fernandes, G. Almany, R. Abesamis, E. Mcleod, P.M Aliño, A.T White, R. Salm, J. Tanzer, R.L Pressey. 2014. Designing Marine Reserves for Fisheries Management, Biodiversity Conservation, and Climate Change Adaptation. Coastal Management 01/2014; 42: 143-159:143-159877763.

2013

Mcleod, E., K.R.N. Anthony, A. Andersson, R. Beeden, Y. Golbuu, J. Kleypas, K. Kroeker, D. Manzello, R. Salm, H. Schuttenberg, and J.E. Smith. 2013. Preparing to manage coral reefs for ocean acidification: Lessons from coral bleaching. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11: 20-27.

Mcleod, E. 2013. Marine Protected Areas: Static Boundaries in a Changing World. In: Levin, S.A. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Volume 5, pp. 94-104. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

2012 

Friedrich, T., A. Timmermann, A. Abe-Ouchi, N.R. Bates, M.O. Chikamoto, M.J. Church, J.E. Dore, D.K. Gledhill, M. Gonzales-Davila, M. Heinemann, T. Ilyina, J.H. Jungclaus, E. Mcleod, A. Mouchet, and J.M. Santana-Casiano. 2012: Detecting regional anthropogenic trends in ocean acidification against natural variability. Nature Climate Change, 2, 167-171.

McClanahan, T.R., S.D. Donner, J.A. Maynard, M.A. MacNeil, N.A.J. Graham, J. Maina, A.C. Baker, J.B. Alemu, M. Beger, S.J. Campbell, E.S. Darling, C.M. Eakin, S.F. Heron, S.D. Jupiter, C.J. Lundquist, E. Mcleod, P. Mumby, M.J. Paddack, E.R. Selig, and R. van Woesik. 2012. Prioritizing Key Resilience Indicators to Support Coral Reef Management in a Changing Climate. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42884. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042884.

Mcleod, E. 2012. Marine Protected Areas: Static Boundaries in a Changing World. In: Levin, S.A. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, New York.

Mcleod, E. 2012. Developing a vulnerability and adaptation assessment framework for application in tropical island communities. Dissertation. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 300 pages.

McLeod, E., and K.R.N. Anthony. 2012. Ocean acidification—Management. In: Fogel, D., Fredericks, S., and Spellerberg, I. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Vol. 6. Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing.

Mcleod, E., K.R.N. Anthony, A. Andersson, R. Beeden, Y. Golbuu, J. Kleypas, K. Kroeker, D. Manzello, R. Salm, H. Schuttenberg, and J.E. Smith. 2012. Preparing to manage coral reefs for ocean acidification: Lessons from coral bleaching. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. doi:10.1890/110240.

Mcleod, E., A. Green, E. Game, K. Anthony, J. Cinner, S.F. Heron, J. Kleypas, C.E. Lovelock, J.M. Pandolfi, R.L. Pressey, R. Salm, S. Schill, and C. Woodroffe. 2012. Integrating climate and ocean change vulnerability into conservation planning. Coastal Management 40: 651-672.

Rau, G.H., E. Mcleod, and O. Hoegh-Guldberg. 2012. Ocean Conservation in a High CO2 World: The Need to Evaluate New Approaches. Nature Climate Change 2: 720-724.

2011 

Grantham, H.S., E. McLeod, A. Brooks, J. Hardcastle, A.J. Richardson, E. Poloczanska, T. Hills, T., S.D. Jupiter, N. Mieszkowska, C.J. Klein, and J.E.M. Watson. 2011. Ecosystem-based adaptation in marine ecosystems of tropical Oceania in response to climate change. Pacific Conservation Biology 17: 241-258.

Mcleod, E., G. Chmura, S. Bouillon, R. Salm, M. Bjork, C.M. Duarte, C.E. Lovelock, W.H. Schlesinger, and B. Silliman. 2011. A blueprint for blue carbon – toward an improved understanding of the role of vegetated coastal habitats in sequestering CO2. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9: 552–560.

2010 

Mcleod, E., R. Moffitt, A. Timmermann, R. Salm, L. Menviel, M. Palmer, and E. Selig. 2010. Vulnerability of coral reefs to warming seas and human activities in the Coral Triangle: Implications for marine protected area network design and management. Coastal Management 38(5): 518-539.

Mcleod, E. B. Poulter, J. Hinkel, E. Reyes, and R. Salm. 2010. Ocean and Coastal Management. Sea-level rise impact models and environmental conservation: A review of models and their applications. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.06.009.

Mcleod, E., J. Hinkel, A.T. Vafeidis, R.J. Nicholls, N. Harvey, and R. Salm. 2010. Sea-level rise vulnerability in the countries of the Coral Triangle. Sustainability Science 5(2): 207-222.

2009 

McLeod, E., B. Szuster, and R. Salm. 2009. Sasi and Marine Conservation in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Coastal Management 37(6):656-676.

Mcleod, E., R. Salm, A. Green, and J. Almany. 2009. Designing marine protected area networks to address the impacts of climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(7): 362-370.

Keller, B., D. Gleason, E. Mcleod, C. Woodley, S. Airame, B. Causey, A. Friedlander, R. Grober-Dunsmore, J. Johnson, S. Miller, and R. Steneck. 2009. Climate Change, Coral Reef Ecosystems, and Management Options for Marine Protected Areas. Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-009-9346-0.

2008 

McLeod, E., R.V. Salm, K. Anthony, B. Causey, E. Conklin, R. Feely, J. Guinotte, G. Hofmann, J. Hoffman, P. Jokiel, J. Kleypas, P. Marshall, and C. Veron. 2008. The Honolulu Declaration on Ocean Acidification and Reef Management. The Nature Conservancy, U.S.A., and IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

Salm, R.V., and E. Mcleod. 2008. Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Resilience and MPA Management in Melanesia. In Climate Change and Biodiversity in Melanesia. Leisz, S.J., and B. Burnett (eds.). CCBM Paper 7. Bishop Museum Technical Report 42(7).

Keller, B.D., S. Airamé, B. Causey, A. Friedlander, D.F. Gleason, R. Grober- Dunsmore, J. Johnson, E. McLeod, S.L. Miller, R.S. Steneck, and C. Woodley, 2008: Marine Protected Areas. In: Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate sensitive ecosystems and resources. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research [Julius, S.H., J.M. West (eds.), J.S. Baron, B. Griffith, L.A. Joyce, P. Kareiva, B.D. Keller, M.A. Palmer, C.H. Peterson, and J.M. Scott (Authors)]. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, USA, pp. 8-1 to 8-95.

Björk, M., F. Short, E. Mcleod, and S. Beer. 2008. Managing seagrasses for resilience to climate change. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. 56pp.

2007 

Salm, R.V. and E. McLeod. 2007. Building resilience into coral reef management. Pp.205-221 in Keller, B.D. and F.C. Wilmot (eds). 2007. Connectivity: science, people and policy in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Colloquium proceedings, 19-21 August 2004, Key West, FL. Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series NMSP-07-xx. U.S.Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National
Marine Sanctuary Program, Silver Spring, MD. 272 pp.

Salm, R.V., and E. Mcleod. 2007. Komodo National Park, Indonesia. In: Colette, A (ed.). Case Studies on Climate Change and World Heritage. UNESCO World Heritage Centre, pp. 38-39.

2006 

Mcleod, E. and R. Salm. 2006. Managing Mangroves for Resistance to Climate Change. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland: 64 pp.

Salm, R., T. Done, and E. Mcleod. 2006. Marine Protected Area Planning in a Changing Climate. Pp. 207-221 in J.T. Phinney, O. Hoegh-Guldberg, J. Kleypas, W. Skirving, and A. Strong (eds). Coral Reefs and Climate Change: Science and Management. Coastal and Estuarine Studies 61. American Geophysical Union: 244 pp.

 

As the Science Lead for The Nature Conservancy’s Reef Resilience Network, Lizzie brings cutting-edge science to help coral reef managers and communities to better cope with the impacts of climate change. She was instrumental in developing TNC’s Reef Resilience toolkit and trainings which have trained nearly 1,500 reef managers in more than 75 countries on the best practices for addressing threats to coral reefs.

As the Nature Conservancy’s Climate Adaptation Scientist, her work focuses on building the resilience of coastal communities and ecosystems across Asia Pacific. She has over a decade of experience developing new strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change on tropical marine ecosystems and developing tools and guidance to help managers and communities to respond. She has worked extensively with local managers to integrate advances in ecological and social science into climate adaptation planning and management. 

She has worked on conservation projects across Micronesia, Indonesia, and Melanesia, modeling the impacts of climate change, conducting reef assessments, developing research priorities and management recommendations for climate change, blue carbon, ocean acidification, and developing and applying frameworks to assess community vulnerability to climate change and adaptation options. She has modeled the potential impacts of sea-surface temperature and sea-level rise in the Coral Triangle, assessed the impacts of ENSO, and integrated climate modeling into field-based resilience assessments to identify conservation priorities.

Lizzie provides thought leadership on demonstrating the value of nature to people, and broadening our conservation impacts globally to include human wellbeing outcomes through engagement with faith groups. She recently launched an initiative to broaden TNC’s engagement with faith groups to address the most pressing global challenges that we face and to build the evidence base that protecting and restoring land and water globally, enriches human lives and protects the diversity of life on earth.

Lizzie received her PhD in climate vulnerability and adaptation in tropical systems from the University of Hawaii. She has published over 30 conservation science papers on topics such as climate vulnerability and adaptation, marine protected areas, conservation planning, coral reef resilience, ocean acidification, sea-level rise, blue carbon, customary tenure, and partnerships between religious groups and conservation. She frequently speaks on conservation topics at national and international conferences and serves as Editor for two conservation journals: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment and Coastal Management.

Read some of her blog posts on Cool Green Science and Conservancy Talk.

Download Lizzie's CV

 

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Areas of Expertise

  • Climate Change
  • Adaptation
  • Reef Resilience
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Faith and Conservation Partnerships

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