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Lysel Garavelli

Lysel Garavelli

Marine Sciences Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
1529 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382


Lysel Garavelli is a Research Scientist in the Ecology Group. She joined PNNL in August 2017 as Postdoctoral Research Assistant. She previously worked in Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (Florida Atlantic University) as Postdoctoral Researcher from 2014 to 2017. Her research focuses on the study of larval connectivity and population dynamics of marine and freshwater species and how it relates to their management. She recently incorporated machine learning techniques into her research to assess fish habitat suitability and analyze ichthyoplankton distribution data collected in situ.

Research Interests

  • Development and use of modeling techniques to assess larval dispersal patterns, population dynamics, and habitat suitability of marine and freshwater resources. Application to fisheries management.

Education and Credentials

  • 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)

PNNL Publications


  • 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

Selected Publications


  • 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

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