Associate Professor in Physical Geography
  • Fellow and Tutor at Worcester College, Oxford
  • Affiliated Researcher, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
  • Member of the Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Conservation research cluster
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Academic Profile

Dr Lisa Wedding is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography and a Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Prior to April 2019, she held a Research Associate position at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.

Lisa has a special interest in applying a geospatial approach at the intersection of science and policy to solve environmental problems. Her overall approach to research and problem solving weaves together theoretical approaches from the disciplines of landscape ecology, conservation biology and applies geospatial analytical tools and techniques. Lisa’s applied seascape ecology research has focused on field-based ecological data collection and spatial modeling efforts in both tropical and temperate marine environments. Her current research is focused on combining remote sensing and analytical tools to track rapid change in these marine regions, in order to help identify risks of potential tipping points and illuminate ocean policy solutions.

Teaching and Advising

Lisa has a special interest in teaching an applied geospatial approach to problem solving in natural resource management using inquiry-based teaching methods. At Worcester College, she is responsible for teaching students physical geographical topics for the Preliminary Examination and Final Honour School of Geography.


Geospatial Field Methods Course – Lisa has created the geospatial curriculum for a one-month intensive field marine ecology course at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She has spent the last decade teaching undergraduates how to use GPS, plan a field sampling design using benthic habitat maps, manage data in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), collect remotely sensed data, conduct spatial analysis and create map products for scientific reporting.

Academic Advising

At SoGE, Lisa will be leading research in each of these sub-themes:

  1. Integrating landscape ecology and remote sensing to support spatially predictive modeling and mapping of key resource species.
  2. Applying remote sensing to illuminate climate change effects on coastal social-ecological resilience and tipping points.
  3. Linking geospatial data science to high seas and open ocean policy and governance solutions.

She welcomes enquiries from individuals wishing to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral research in the following themes: spatial ecology, seascape ecology, conservation biology, remote sensing, and linking geospatial science to policy.

Current Graduate Research Students

Pirta Palola

Towards integrated land-sea management: mapping and modelling ecological connectivity in tropical coastal environments

Selected Publications

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For a full list of Lisa's publications please see Google Scholar, Academia, and ResearchGate.

Journal Articles

Special / Edited Collections

Book Chapters

  • Young, M., Wedding, L.M., and Carr, M. (2017) Applying Landscape Ecology Metrics to Evaluate Networks of Marine Protected Areas. Chapter 14 in, Pittman, S. J. (ed.) Seascape Ecology: Taking Landscape Ecology into the Sea. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 429-464. ISBN: 978-1-119-08443-3.
  • Wedding, L.M., Reiter, S., Hartge, E., Guannel, G. et al. (2016) Modeling and Mapping Coastal Ecosystem Services to Support Climate Adaptation Planning. Chapter 20 in, Wright, D.J. (ed.) Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions. Esri Press. ISBN: 9781589484603.
  • Pittman, S., Wedding, L.M. and Costa, B. (2013) LiDAR Applications. Chapter 6 in, Goodman J., Purkis S. and Phinn S. (eds.) Coral Reef Remote Sensing. Springer, Dordrecht.