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Lisa Hunt


I received a BS in Environmental Systems Engineering from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Cornell University, where I focused on sustainable agriculture and pesticide fate and transport. I then obtained my MS in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems. Before starting my PhD, I worked for many years in environmental consulting on a variety of projects 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.


Research Interests

Although my PhD research was specific to freshwater systems, I consider myself a generalist and I prefer to work on interdisciplinary projects at the interface of terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, and/or marine systems. My primary areas of expertise are in aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology, agricultural systems, and water management, and I enjoy working with diverse teams of collaborators. I am currently seeking a position with an NGO, ideally with the opportunity to integrate science, conservation and environmental management.


Doctoral Research

My PhD research focused on the effects of soy-production insecticides on stream invertebrate communities in South America. I also explored the relative importance of insecticide toxicity effects in comparison to other agricultural stressors on invertebrates, and the potential for riparian buffers to mitigate pesticide transport and other adverse effects on streams.

Contact Information

Lisa Hunt
Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California, Berkeley
137 Mulford Hall #3114 (Resh Lab)
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510.642.5913
Fax: 510.642.7428