Wainger Lab
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Lisa A. Wainger        
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science
P.O. Box 38, Solomons, MD 20688-0038
(410) 326-7401 (Phone)

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I.    Education

Ph.D.    1997  Environmental and Ecological Economics (self-designed degree within Marine Estuarine                                      Environmental Sciences), University of Maryland, College Park.
B.S.      1986 (with honors, Phi Beta Kappa), Earth Science, University of California, Santa Cruz.
II.  Professional Background
2006-present     Research Professor, Univ. of Maryland, Ctr for Environmental Science
2008-present     Economics Advisor, US EPA, ORD, Ecosystem Services Research Program
1998–2007        Project Manager, King and Associates, Inc. Solomons, MD
2004–2006        Associate Research Scientist, Univ. of Maryland, Ctr for Environmental Science
1998–2004        Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, Ctr for Environmental Science
1995–1998        Assistant Research Scientist/Project Manager, University of Maryland, Institute for
                           Ecological Economics, Center for Environmental Science
III. Research

A.    Areas of Professional Expertise

•    Integrated ecological and economic evaluation of policy options
•    Water quality economics
•    Ecosystem service trading, mitigation & offsets
•    Performance-based environmental restoration planning
•    Mapping and valuation of ecosystem services
•    Invasive species risk assessment
•    GIS and spatial data statistical modeling

B. Recent Publications (more Publications)

Journal Articles 

Mazzotta, M.J. and L.A. Wainger, S. Sifleet, J.T. Petty, and B. Rashleigh, (accepted). Benefit transfer with limited data: An application to recreational fishing losses from surface mining. Ecological Economics.

Munns, W. R., A. W. Rea, M. J. Mazzotta, L. A. Wainger, and K. Saterson. 2015. Toward a standard lexicon for ecosystem services. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. Preprint online.

Koch, B. J., C. M. Febria, M. Gevrey, L. A. Wainger, and M. A. Palmer. 2014. Nitrogen Removal by Stormwater Management Structures: A Data Synthesis. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association 50:1594–1607.

Lookingbill, T. R., E. S. Minor, J. R. Ferrari, N. Bukach & L. A. Wainger. 2014. Using Risk of Reinvasion to Prioritize Invasive Plant Species Management.  Natural Areas Journal. 34(3):268-281.

Wainger, L. A., and Shortle, J.S. 2013. Local Innovations in Water Protection: Experiments with Economic Incentives. Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm & Resource Issues 28. Wainger, L. A. 2012. Opportunities for Reducing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Compliance Costs: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay. Environmental Science & Technology 46:9256–9265.

Online Products

Wainger, L. A., R. J. Johnston, K. J. Bagstad, C. F. Casey, and T. Vegh. 2014. Social Impact Analysis: Monetary Valuation.  In: The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook (Olander, L. et al.eds.). National Ecosystem Services Partnership, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

Wainger, L. A. 2014. Benefit-Relevant Indicators. In: The Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook (Olander, L. et al. eds.). National Ecosystem Services Partnership, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

Book Chapters

Johnston, R. and L. Wainger. (in press) Benefit Transfer for Ecosystem Service Valuation: An Introduction to Theory and Methods. Chapter 12 In: Handbook of Environmental Benefit Transfer (R. Johnston, J. Rolfe, R. Rosenberger, and R. Brouwer, eds.). Springer.

Wainger, L. A. and J. Boyd, 2009.  Valuing Ecosystem Services. Chapter 6 In: Ecosystem-Based Management for the Oceans: Applying Resilience Thinking (K. McLeod, and H. Leslie, eds.) Island Press.

Lookingbill, T., R. Gardner, L. Wainger and C. Tague.  2008.  Landscape Modelling.  In: Encyclopedia of Ecology (Sven Erik Jorgensen, editor).  Elsevier.

Peer-reviewed Reports

Ribaudo, M., C. Abdalla, K. Stephenson, and L. Wainger. 2014. Critical Issues in Implementing Nutrient Trading Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. STAC Workshop Report. Chesapeake Research Consortium, Annapolis, MD.

Wainger, Lisa A., Jay J. Messer, Mary C. Barber, Robert M. Wolcott and Andrew L. Almeter. 2012. Lowering Barriers to Achieving Multiple Environmental Goals in the Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Ecosystem Services Research Program (ESRP).

U.S. EPA 2011. An Optimization Approach to Evaluate the Role of Ecosystem Services in Chesapeake Bay Restoration Strategies. US EPA/600/R-11/001

Other Reports, Discussion Papers, and Draft Manuscripts

Wainger, Lisa A., Jillian Rayburn, and Elizabeth W. Price, 2007.  Review of Land Use Change Models Applicability to Projections of Future Energy Demand in the Southeast United States.  Report to EPA Regional Vulnerability Assessment Program, Betsy Smith, Director, Southeast Energy Futures 07-02, March 28, 2007.

Palmer, M.A., L.A. Wainger, L.S. Craig, K.K. Politano, J. Hosen, A.P Davis, and J.M. Olszewski. 2010. Promoting Successful Watershed Restoration through Effective Monitoring and Assessment. Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), Univ. of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Solomons, MD 20688-0038. CBL report: CBL11-061.
  1. Tidal Wetlands
  2. Non-Tidal WetlandsAppendix
  3. Streams
Wainger, Lisa A. and Dennis M. King, 2007.  Establishing Trading Ratios for Point – Non-Point Source Water Quality Trades:  Can we Capture Environmental Variability without Breaking the Bank?  University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Technical Report No. TS-523-07, Manuscript CBL 07-056. 

IV. Service

Federal/State/Local Government and Non-Governmental Organizations

Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific, Technical, Advisory Committee, 2007 – present
Elected to Executive Board in 2010
Co-chair, SAV Restoration Review subcommittee (2010-2011)
Social Sciences Subcommittee

US EPA, Economics Advisor, to the ORD Ecosystem Services Research Program, 2008-2012.

Keck Futures Initiative: Ecosystem Services – Advancing Research. Invited participant. National Academies of Science. Nov. 11-13, 2011. Irvine, CA.

White House Council on Environmental Quality, Principles and Guidelines Roundtable on Systems, Watershed, and Ecosystem Approaches in Project Planning. Invited Reviewer. October 27, 2010.

St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Citizen’s Advisory Board, 2006-present.  President from 2010-2012.
US EPA Ecosystem Services Research Program, Annual Meeting – Invited plenary speaker and participant. US EPA ORD.  Las Vegas, NV October 19, 2010.

C. Contracts and Grants
D. Recent Presentations

June 2, 2015. Methods for Spatial Integration. (Panel). NRC Landscape and Multi-Resource Analysis Workshop. Washington, DC.

May 13, 2015. Sustainability Metrics for Biodiversity Management by Electric Power Companies. Env-Vision. Crystal City, VA.

December 8, 2014. Integrating Social Value through Metrics Development. In Workshop: Methods for Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Planning and Decision-Making. A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) meeting. Washington, DC.

June 2, 2014. Assessing Lost Ecosystem Service Benefits Due to Mining-Induced Stream Degradation in the Appalachian Region: Economic Approaches to Valuing Recreational Fishing Impacts co- presenter with Marisa Mazzotta (US EPA). Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association Meetings. Morgantown, WV.

May 29, 2014. Benefits of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL: Creating a Fuller Picture. Chesapeake Modeling Symposium. Annapolis, MD.


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