Lisa Nordstrom, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Dr. Lisa Nordstrom serves San Diego Zoo Global as Associate Director of Recovery Ecology. She oversees several large conservation programs focused on threatened and endangered species in the Southern California and northern Baja California region. Her research interests include landscape and population ecology, understanding complex wildlife-habitat interrelationships, and investigating linkages between ecological patterns and processes at multiple spatial scales for guiding species recovery. As a conservation ecologist, Lisa specializes in adaptive management and identifying key tools necessary for effectively managing and maintaining viable populations.

Lisa’s current research projects include assessing Peninsular bighorn sheep population status and connectivity in Baja California, Mexico; an adaptive management approach to recovering burrowing owl populations and restoring the grassland ecosystem in San Diego County; California least tern and western snowy plover monitoring and adaptive management; and habitat associations and monitoring of golden eagles and coastal cactus wrens. A common research theme unites this diverse range of projects – applied conservation ecology. For over a decade, Lisa has focused on addressing species recovery through quantitative sampling and analyzing ecological relationships to identify the factors limiting wildlife populations.

Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Forestry/Wildlife Management from University of California, Berkeley, her master’s degree in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University, and her doctorate in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University. She has received multiple awards and grants for her work and has contributed over 50 presentations, scientific papers, and popular articles. She is also a member of several professional societies, including The Wildlife Society, Society for Conservation Biology, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Ecological Society of America. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and camping.