Lisa Campbell

Lisa Campbell

Research Professor

Regents Professor Emerita and William R. Bryant Chair in Oceanography (retired); Associate Editor, Journal of Plankton Research, 2018-2025

Biological Oceanography: Phytoplankton; Harmful Algal Blooms

  (979) 845-5706

  Eller O&M 911D


  • Phytoplankton population dynamics
  • Harmful algal blooms and mechanisms of bloom formation
  • Transcriptomics and metabolomics of marine phytoplankton
  • Ocean observing systems
  • Flow cytometry and imaging-in-flow cytometry

Selected Publications

  1. Fiorendino, J.M., C.C. Ganokar, D.W. Henrichs, and L. Campbell. 2021. Drivers of microplankton community assemblage following tropical cyclones. Journal of Plankton Research doi:10.1093/plankt/fbab073
  2. Henrichs, D.W., S. Anglès, C.C. Gaonkar, and L. Campbell. 2021. Application of a convolutional neural network to improve automated early warning of harmful algal blooms. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 28(22): 28544-28555 doi: 10.1007/s11356-021-12471-2
  3. Fiorendino, J. M., J. L. Smith, and L. Campbell. 2020. Growth response of Dinophysis, Mesodinium, and Teleaulax cultures to temperature, irradiance, and salinity. Harmful Algae 98:
    doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2020.101896
  4. Wolny, J. L., T.A. Egerton, S.M. Handy, W.L. Stutts, J.L. Smith, E.B. Whereat, T.R. Bachvaroff, D.W. Henrichs, L. Campbell and J.R. Deeds. 2020. Characterization of Dinophysis spp. (Dinophyceae, Dinophysiales) from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Journal of Phycology 56: 404-424
  5. Anglès, S., Jordi, A., Henrichs, D. W. & Campbell, L. 2019. Influence of coastal upwelling and river discharge on the phytoplankton community composition in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Prog. Oceanogr. 173:26-36. 
  6. Campbell, L., D.W. Henrichs, E.E. Peacock, J. Futrelle and H.M. Sosik. 2017. Imaging FlowCytobot provides novel insights on phytoplankton community dynamics. In: Proenca, L. A. O. and Hallegraeff, G. (eds). Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Harmful Algae. International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO 2017. ISBN 978-87-990827-6-6.
  7. Henrichs, D.W., R.D. Hetland and L. Campbell. 2015. A spatially explicit individual-based model to identify origins of blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis in the western Gulf of Mexico. Ecological Modelling 313:251-258 doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.06.038
  8. Anglès, S., A. Jordi and L. Campbell. 2015. Responses of the coastal phytoplankton community to hurricanes revealed by high-frequency imaging flow cytometry. Limnology & Oceanography 60(5): 1562-1576 doi: 10.1002/lno.10117
  9. Ryan, D.E. and L. Campbell. 2015. Comparative transcriptomic analysis of three toxin-producing Karenia In: MacKenzie, A. (ed.) Marine and Freshwater Harmful Algae 2014. Proceedings 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae. pp. 229-232.
  10. 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 36(6): 1434–1445
  11. Ryan, D.E., A. Pepper and L. Campbell. 2014.  De novo assembly and characterization of the transcriptome of the toxic dinoflagellate Karenia brevis. BMC Genomics 15:888  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-888
  12. Keeling, P. J., et al. (Campbell, L.) 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
  13. 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.
  14. Thyng, K.M., R.D. Hetland, M.T. Ogle, X. Zhang, F. Chen, and L. Campbell. 2013. Origins of harmful algal blooms along the Texas coast. Limnology & Oceanography: Fluids and Environments 3: 269-278
  15. 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 20:6896-902   doi 10.1007/s11356-012-1437-4.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.        doi 10.1093/plankt/fbs103.
  19. Brand, L.E., L. Campbell, and E. Bresnan. 2012. Karenia: the biology and ecology of a toxic genus. Harmful Algae 14:156-78. doi 10.1016/j.hal.2011.10.020 


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


  • Regents Professor
  • William R. Bryant Chair in Oceanography
  • Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography, Sustaining Fellow, awarded 2015
  • Association of Former Students award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching, College of Geosciences, 2015
  • Women's Faculty Network Outstanding Mentoring Award (TAMU), 2014
  • 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)

Additional Information

Current Projects

  • NOAA, “ECOHAB19: Multidisciplinary approach to a cross-regional problem: Dinophysis and DSP toxicity
  • National Science Foundation, “REU: Observing the Ocean”
  • NOAA, “ECOHAB 2017: Life and Death of a Karenia bloom”


  • 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

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