Research Scientist, Ecology Group
Research Scientist, Ecology Group


Dr. Lysel Garavelli is a Research Scientist in the Ecology Group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She joined PNNL in August 2017 as Postdoctoral Research Associate. She previously worked in Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (Florida Atlantic University) as Postdoctoral Researcher from 2014 to 2017.

Her research focuses on the development of monitoring and modeling techniques to study the larval connectivity and population dynamics of marine and freshwater species and how it relates to their management and conservation. She is particularly interested in understanding the effects of anthropogenic factors on the environment such as fisheries and renewable energy. Recently, she incorporated machine learning techniques into her research to assess fish habitat suitability and analyze ichthyoplankton distribution data collected in situ.

Dr. Garavelli serves on the editorial board of Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Biological oceanography
  • Marine ecology
  • Fisheries science
  • Ecological modeling


  • Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, France), Universidad Católica del Norte (Coquimbo, Chile)
  • M.Sc., Oceanography (major: marine biology and ecology), Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France)
  • B.Sc., Marine Environment (major: marine biology and ecology), Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France)



  • Garavelli L., Linley T.L., Bellgraph B.J., Rhode B.M., Janak J.M., Colotelo A.H., 2019. Evaluation of volitional entry and passage of adult Pacific salmonids through a novel fish passage technique. Fisheries Research, doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.12.010
  • Criales M.M., Chérubin L., Gandy R., Garavelli L., Ghannami M.A., Crowley C. 2019. Blue crab larval dispersal highlights population connectivity and implications for fishery management. Marine Ecology Progress Series, doi:10.3354/meps13049
  • Segura-Garcia I., Garavelli L., Tringali M., Matthews T., Chérubin L.M., Hunt J., Box S.J. 2019. Reconstruction of larval origins based on genetic relatedness and biophysical modeling. Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-43435-9


  • Garavelli L., J. White, I. Cholett, and L.M. Cherubin. 2018. "Population models reveal unexpected patterns of local persistence despite widespread larval dispersal in a highly exploited species." Conservation Letters 11, no. 5:Artice No. e12567. PNNL-SA-138214. doi:10.1111/conl.12567
  • Garavelli L., M. Studivan, J. Voss, A. Kuba, J. Figueiredo, and L.M. Cherubin. 2018. "Assessment of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem Connectivity for Proposed Expansion of a Marine Sanctuary in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico: Larval Dynamics." Frontiers in Marine Science 5. PNNL-SA-138213. doi:10.3389/fmars.2018.00174


  • Chollett I., Garavelli L., Holstein D., Chérubin L., Fulton S., Box S.J., 2017. A case for redefining the boundaries of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecoregion. Coral Reefs, doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1595-4
  • Chollett I., Garavelli L., O'Farrell S., Chérubin L., Matthews T.R., Mumby P.J., Box S.J., 2017. A genuine win-win: resolving the "conserve or catch?" conflict in fisheries reserve network design. Conservation Letters, doi:10.1111/conl.12318
  • Kennedy J.P., Garavelli L., Truelove N., Devlin D., Box S.J., Chérubin L., Feller I.C., 2017. Contrasting genetic effects of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle L.) range expansion along West and East Florida. Journal of Biogeography, doi:10.1111/jbi.12813.


  • Chérubin L.M., Garavelli L., 2016. Eastern Caribbean circulation and island mass effect on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands: a mechanism for relatively consistent recruitment patterns. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150409
  • Garavelli L., Colas F., Verley P., Kaplan D.M., Yannicelli B., Lett C., 2016. Influence of biological factors on connectivity patterns for Concholepas concholepas (loco) in Chile, PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146418


  • Garavelli L., Kaplan D.M., Colas F., Stotz W., Yannicelli B., Lett C., 2014. Identifying appropriate scales for marine conservation and management using a larval dispersal model: the case of Concholepas concholepas (loco) in Chile, Progress in Oceanography, 124, 42-53


  • Garavelli L., Grüss A., Grote B., Chang N., Smith M., Verley P., Stenevik E.K., Kaplan D.M., Lett C., 2012. Modeling the dispersal of Cape hake ichthyoplankton, Journal of Plankton Research; doi:10.1093/plankt/fbs039