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Texas A&M University
Room 911D, Oceanography and Meteorology (O&M) Building
MS 3146,
College Station, Texas 77843


  • OCNG 251 - Introduction to Oceanography
  • OCNG 420 - Introduction to Biological Oceanography (W option)
  • OCNG 625 - Current Topics in Biological Oceanography
  • OCNG 654 - Plankton Ecology

Dr. Lisa Campbell

Professor, Biological Section

Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, SUNY Stony Brook, New York, 1985

M.S. Marine Environmental Science, SUNY Stony Brook, New York, 1983

B.A. Biology, with honors, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1976


Dr. Campbell is a biological oceanographer and her research focuses on phytoplankton ecology, with particular emphasis on the roles community structure and diversity play in the functioning of marine microbial food webs. Currently, her research centers on harmful algal blooms, specifically Karenia brevis, the dinoflagellate responsible for neurotoxic shellfish poisoning and fish kills along the Texas coast. Using the Imaging FlowCytobot, continuous data is acquired from the Texas Observatory for Algal Succession Time-series (TOAST) station at Port Aransas, TX on phytoplankton community composition. Automated operation and analysis has provided early warning of harmful algal blooms six times since 2008. Current research centers on two challenging questions: (1) Origin and mechanism of bloom initiation and (2) Why dinoflagellates produce ladder-frame polyether compounds (toxins) such as brevetoxin, brevenal and brevisin.

Since 2002, Dr. Campbell has also held a Joint Appointment in the Department of Biology at TAMU. She also serves as a mentor for students in the Master of Geosciences Certificate program in Ocean Observing Systems, is a member of the Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is Director of the Department of Oceanography's Flow Cytometry Facility. She has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Research Interests

  • Phytoplankton ecology
  • Phytoplankton community structure and diversity
  • Harmful Algal Blooms: Karenia brevis in coastal Texas waters
  • Picoplankton diversity
  • Flow cytometry and in situ imaging


  • National Science Foundation, IOS, “Osmoregulation in Marine Dinoflagellates” 03/01/12 – 02/28/15
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife, "Continued real time monitoring of potential harmful algal species in the Port Aransas ship channel by the Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB)" 5/1/12 - 8/31/15
  • NOAA; “ECOHAB: Mechanism of harmful algal bloom initiation in the western Gulf of Mexico;” 09/01/09- 02/28/15


  • Professor, Dept. Oceanography, Texas A&M Univ., Sept 2006-present
  • Associate Professor, Dept. Oceanography, Texas A&M Univ., 1996-2006
  • Research Scientist, Dept. Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 1988-1996
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Bigelow Laboratory, Maine, 1986-1987
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Oceanic Institute. Waimanalo, HI, 1985-1986
  • Graduate Assistant with Dr. E.J. Carpenter, SUNY Stony Brook, 1979-1985
  • Staff Research Associate with Dr. O. Holm-Hansen, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1976-1979

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, 2009
  • Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Memorial Keynote Speaker, 2006
  • Big12 Conference Fellowship Award (TAMU), 1998 and 2006
  • Sigma Xi Research Award
  • Jessie Smith Noyes Fellow (SUNY Stony Brook)

Selected Publications

  • Harred, L.B. and L. Campbell. 2014. Predicting harmful algal blooms: A case study with Dinophysis ovum in the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Plankton Research doi:10.1093/plankt/fbu070.
  • Keeling, P.J. et al. 2014. The Marine Microbial Eukaryote Transcriptome Sequencing Project (MMETSP): Illuminating the functional diversity of eukaryotic life in the oceans through transcriptome sequencing. PLoS Biology 12(6): e1001889. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001889
  • Errera, R.M., S. Yvon-Lewis, J.D Kessler, and L. Campbell. 2014. Reponses of the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis to climate change: pCO2 and sea surface temperatures. Harmful Algae 37: 110-116.
  • Thyng, K.M., Hetland, R.D., Ogle, M.T., Zhang, X., Chen, F., Campbell, L. 2013 Origins of harmful algal blooms along the Texas coast. Limnology & Oceanography Fluids and Environment 3: 269-278
  • Campbell, L., D.W. Henrichs, R.J. Olson, and H.M. Sosik. 2013. Continuous automated imaging-in-flow cytometry for detection and early warning of Karenia brevis blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. DOI 10.1007/s11356-012-1437-4.
  • Henrichs, D.W., M.A. Renshaw, J.R. Gold, and L. Campbell. 2013. Genetic diversity among clonal isolates of Karenia brevis as measured with microsatellite markers. Harmful Algae 21-22: 30-35 DOI 10.1016/j.hal.2012.11.003.
  • Henrichs, D.W., P.S Scott, K.A. Steidinger, R.M. Errera, A, Abraham, and L. Campbell. 2013. Morphology and phylogeny of Prorocentrum texanum sp. nov. (Dinophyceae): a new dinoflagellate from Gulf of Mexico coastal waters exhibiting two distinct morphologies. Journal of Phycology. 49:143-55 DOI 10.1111/jpy.12030.
  • Henrichs, D.W., M.A. Renshaw, J.R. Gold, and L. Campbell. 2013. Population-genetic structure of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis from the Gulf of Mexico. J. Plankton Res. 35:427-32. DOI10.1093/plankt/fbs103.
  • Brand, L.E., L. Campbell, and E. Bresnan. 2012. Karenia: the biology and ecology of a toxic genus. Harmful Algae 14:156-78.
  • Errera, R.M. and L. Campbell. 2011. Osmotic stress triggers toxin production by the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(26): 10597-10601.
  • Henrichs, D.W., H. M. Sosik, R. J. Olson, and L. Campbell. 2011. Phylogenetic analysis of Brachidinium capitatum (Dinophyceae) from the Gulf of Mexico indicates membership in the Kareniaceae. Journal of Phycology 47(2): 366-374.
  • Campbell, L., R.J. Olson, H.M. Sosik, A. Abraham, D.W. Henrichs, C.J. Hyatt, and E.J. Buskey. 2010.First harmful Dinophysis (Dinophyceae, Dinophysiales) bloom in the US is revealed by automated imaging flow cytometry.Journal of Phycology 46(1): 66-75. [pdf]
  • Errera, R.M., A. Bourdelais, M.A. Drennan, E.B. Dodd, D.W. Henrichs, and L. Campbell. 2010. Variation in brevetoxin and brevenal content among clonal cultures of Karenia brevis may influence bloom toxicity. Toxicon 55: 195-203.



  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Phycological Society of America
  • International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae
  • Interdisciplinary Coastal Ocean Processes
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