Dr Lisa Bostrom Einarsson

Lancaster University

Email: l.bostromeinarsson@lancaster.ac.uk

Lisa is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster Environment Centre, working with Dr Sally Keith (starting in January 2020). After completing a PhD in reef fish ecology at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, Australia, Lisa was a postdoc and research scientist at the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at James Cook University, Australia. Her research broadly focuses on the effects of disturbance on coastal ecosystems. She uses a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach combined with a strong foundation in ecological theory to explore the biodiversity crisis in coastal ecosystems around the world.

Research Interests

Lisa is a marine ecologist, exploring how reefs and the organisms that rely on them are affected by disturbance, and potential applied solutions to alleviate some of the stressors facing coral reefs in the Anthropocene.

  • Behavioural ecology: Lisa has explored changes in reef fish behaviour following habitat loss, and how these translate into population wide changes. She uses manipulative field experiments anchored in theoretical ecology to investigate the mechanisms underpinning the loss of reef species following habitat loss. Spoiler alert: individual behaviours are often at the core of larger demographic and population level patterns!
  • Applied interventions: Lisa developed a single-shot injection using vinegar to cull the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish. Recently, she has led a global and comprehensive review of reef interventions which is informing management of intervention activities on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Three-minute PhD thesis

Selected Publications

    • Suggett DJ, Camp EF, Edmondson J, Boström‐Einarsson L, Ramler V, Lohr K, Patterson J T (2019) Optimizing return‐on‐effort for coral nursery and outplanting practices to aid restoration of the Great Barrier Reef. Restoration Ecology, 27(3), 683-693.
    • Bayraktarov E, Stewart‐Sinclair PJ, Brisbane S, Boström‐Einarsson L, Saunders MI, Lovelock CE, Possingham HP, Mumby PJ, Wilson KA (2019) Motivations, success and cost of coral reef restoration.
    • Boström-Einarsson L, Bonin MC, Munday PL, Jones GP (2018) Loss of live coral compromises predator-avoidance behaviour in coral reef damselfish. Scientific Reports 8:7795.
    • Ceccarelli DM, Loffler Z, Bourne DG, Al Moajil‐Cole GS, Boström‐Einarsson L, Evans‐Illidge E, Fabricius K, Glasl B, Marshall P, McLeod I (2018) Rehabilitation of coral reefs through removal of macroalgae: state of knowledge and considerations for management and implementation. Restoration Ecology.
    • Boström-Einarsson L, Bonin MC, Moon S, Firth S (2018) Environmental impact monitoring of household vinegar-injections to cull crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster spp. Ocean & Coastal Management 155:83–89.
    • Boström-Einarsson L, Rivera-Posada J (2016) Controlling outbreaks of the coral-eating Crown-of-Thorns starfish using a single injection of common household vinegar. Coral Reefs 35(1), 223-228.
    • Buck A, Gardiner N, Boström-Einarsson L (2016) Citric Acid Injections: An Accessible and Efficient Method for Controlling Outbreaks of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Acanthaster cf. solaris. Diversity 8:28.
    • Bonin MC, Boström-Einarsson L, Munday PL, Jones GP (2015) The importance of Competition in Reef Fishes, Annual Review of Systematics and Evolution 46, 169-190.
    • Boström-Einarsson LE, Bonin MC, Munday PL, Jones GP (2014) Habitat degradation modifies the strength of interspecific competition in coral dwelling damselfishes. Ecology 95, 3056-67.
    • Boström-Einarsson L, Bonin MC, Munday PL, Jones GP (2013) Strong intraspecific competition and habitat selectivity influence abundance of a coral-dwelling damselfish. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 448, 85–92.