Earth Scientist
Earth Scientist


Dr. Lysel Garavelli owns a PhD in biological oceanography and is an Earth scientist in the Coastal Sciences Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Lysel is the team lead of the Ocean Energy and Ecosystem Modeling team in the Coastal Sciences Division. Her research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment. Particularly, she works across several scientific disciplines to determine the implications of fisheries and ocean energy development on marine resources. Lysel is the project manager of Ocean Energy Systems (OES)-Environmental – an international project on the environmental effects of marine renewable energy development that shares environmental effects information to benefit from progress made around the world, under the International Energy Agency Ocean Energy Systems. She also plays a lead role in several projects aiming at identifying the opportunities for marine renewable energy to power aquaculture.

Research Interest

  • Larval connectivity and population dynamics of marine resources
  • Environmental effects of marine energy and offshore wind
  • Interactions of fisheries and offshore wind
  • Co-location of marine uses

Disciplines and Skills

  • Biological oceanography
  • Marine biology and ecology
  • Ecological modeling
  • Fisheries science
  • Marine energy
  • Offshore wind


  • PhD, Biological Oceanography, University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, France), Universidad Católica del Norte (Coquimbo, Chile)
  • MSc, Oceanography (major: marine biology and ecology), Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France)
  • BSc, Marine Environment (major: marine biology and ecology), Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, Aix-Marseille University (Marseille, France)


Full publication list available on Google Scholar.


  • Hemery L.G., Garavelli L., Copping A.E., Farr H., Jones K., Baker-Horne N., Kregting L., McGarry L.P., Sparling C., Verling E. 2024. Animal displacement from marine energy development: Mechanisms and consequences. Sciences of the Total Environment, doi:0.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.170390


  • Whiting J., Garavelli L., Farr H., Copping A. 2023. Effects of small marine energy deployments on oceanographic systems. International Marine Energy Journal, doi:10.36688/imej.6.45-54
  • Sanborn D.K., Base A.M., Garavelli L., Barua R., Hong J., Nayak A.R. 2023. Digital holography for real-time non-invasive monitoring of larval fish at power plant intakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, doi:10.1139/cjfas-2023-0058


  • Garavelli L., Freeman M.C., Tugade L.G., Greene D., McNally J. 2022. A feasibility assessment for co-locating and powering offshore aquaculture with wave energy in the United States. Ocean & Coastal Management, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106242


  • Garavelli L., Blackburn S.E., Scholz A.T., Connor J.M., Paluch M.C., Olson J.A., Bellgraph B.J. 2021. Characterizing the movements and habitat use of two fish species of concern in a regulated ecosystem. Hydrobiologia, doi:10.1007/s10750-021-04625-7


  • 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