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Lisa Milke, Ph.D.

Acting Chief, Ecosystems & Aquaculture Division
Ecosystems and Aquaculture

Lisa Milke, Ph.D.

Acting Chief, Ecosystems & Aquaculture Division


  • Ph.D. Biology - Dalhousie University, 2006
  • M.S. Oceanography - University of Connecticut, 2001
  • B.S. Biology - Salisbury University, 1997
  • B.S. Environmental Science - University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 1997

Professional History

  • 2022-Present: Acting Chief, Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division
  • 2016-Present: Chief, Aquaculture Systems and Ecology Branch, Milford Lab
  • 2006-2016: Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Service, Milford Lab
  • Full CV: Download File (pdf, 4 pgs)

In January 2022, Lisa assumed the role of Acting Chief of the Ecosystem and Aquaculture Division, which consists of five research branches distributed along the coast of the northeast between Sandy Hook, NJ, and Woods Hole, MA. She will serve in this capacity until a permanent Division Chief is onboard.

Lisa became Chief of the Aquaculture Systems and Ecology Branch in 2016. She leads a team of 17 scientists conducting research to improve our understanding of the ecology of estuarine, coastal and offshore waters, evaluating the interactions between these habitats and aquaculture practices, and enhancing sustainable aquaculture production. She is also the organizer of the Milford Aquaculture Seminar, a forum for technology transfer among NOAA Fisheries scientists, aquaculture professionals, the academic community, regulators and the public convened every January.

Lisa is a shellfish biologist with expertise in feeding physiology, nutrition and organismal response to environmental surroundings. She joined the Milford Laboratory in 2005 as a research fishery biologist and put her expertise to use answering questions about the effects of ocean acidification on shellfish aquaculture. She enjoys collaborating with other researchers; recent partners have included Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stony Brook University in addition to other scientists within the Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Lisa is a member of the ICES Working Group on Ecological Carrying Capacity in Aquaculture and received the NOAA Bronze Medal for participation in a collaborative project assessing the vulnerability of fisheries to climate change in the Northeast.