Founding Member

Lisa received both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Hawaii, studying the reproductive biology of reef fishes. Her research expertise is in the behavioral ecology and reproductive biology of tropical marine fishes, particularly mating behavior and reproductive strategies. She has received funding for her research from the University of Hawaii, the Hawaii Audubon Society, and the American Association of University Women, and her work has been published in several scientific journals, including the Journal of Fish Biology, the Bulletin of Marine Science, and the Environmental Biology of Fishes. She has also given numerous seminars and lectures on fish reproduction at the University of Hawaii, Waikiki Aquarium, local area high schools, and national and international scientific conferences. She is dedicating her time and energy towards a career in education, currently teaching Biology and AP Biology at Le Jardin Academy. Dr. Privitera is an IANTD-certified Nitrox diver, and has served as a support diver for research expeditions to Christmas Island (Kiribati), Rarotonga (Cook Islands), Koror (Palau), Midway Island, and Fiji.