As President and CEO of HARC, Lisa Gonzalez leads a team of scientists, engineers, sustainability experts and support staff that work to incorporate independent research into policy and technology solutions relating to energy, air, water and climate issues. Ms. Gonzalez joined HARC’s research staff in 2002, was named Vice President in 2012, and President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, HARC has constructed and operated a LEED Platinum, certified net zero energy headquarters located in The Woodlands, Texas, expanded its research and community engagement programs, and oversaw the creation and launch of a strategic plan that will grow HARC’s sustainability research programming in the years to come.
Ms. Gonzalez has been active in research relating to the Galveston Bay Estuary and the watersheds of the Upper Texas Coast for nearly 30 years. Her expertise includes analysis of coastal monitoring data sets and the development of assessment methodologies, indicators and public outreach products with an emphasis on coastal habitats, fish and wildlife communities, invasive species, water resources, climate resilience and stakeholder engagement. Her broader work considers the intersection between the human and ecological systems across multiple spatial and temporal scales with a focus on risks and impacts associated with changing environmental conditions and climate change. She co-edited the second, third and fourth editions of the State of the Bay: A Characterization of the Galveston Bay Ecosystem. She developed the Galveston Bay Report Card, the Quiet Invasion invasive species field guide series and numerous research reports.
Ms. Gonzalez received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Houston Clear Lake. She is completing a Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Ms. Gonzalez is a member and past Chair of the Gulf and South Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. She serves on the Monitoring and Research Subcommittee and the Invasive Species Working Group of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Galveston Bay Estuary Program, and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Texas General Land Office Coastal Resiliency Master Plan. She is a member of the Harris County Community Resilience Task Force and a past member of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium. Ms. Gonzalez is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bayou Preservation Association and serves on the Advisory Council of the Galveston Bay Foundation.
HARC’s most recent Green Paper offers specific examples of how communities can fund recovery along with considerations that should be given to communities and the natural environment.
This digital guide is intended to help those living in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed and on the Upper Texas Coast recognize and understand the impacts of invasive species.
This application is a tool to find out what watershed you live in, and how your watershed fares in terms of overall environmental health.
This website provides data describing Galveston Bay and its surrounding watershed, use the navigation area to explore the status, trends, and indicators of bay health that interest you.
The Galveston Bay Report Card is a citizen-driven, science-based grading system supported by Houston Endowment and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.
The TERC Air Quality Research Program (AQR) was established in 2002 by stakeholders who were focused on getting the best available science to identify cost effective solutions to the ozone problems in the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) area.
State of the Bay is sponsored by TCEQ’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program (the Estuary Program) as a resource for historical context and up-to-date analysis of the conditions in and around Galveston Bay.
The Texas Gulf Coast Wetlands, a HARC story map, provides detailed information on these unique ecosystems that are a protective environmental barrier along the Texas coastal zone.
After Hurricane Harvey, HARC mobilized swiftly to acquire and process data about the flooding and related environmental impacts, such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund site impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation.
The Texas Coastal Resources Viewer combines colonial waterbird, coastal fish and coastal water quality data to reveal trends in these coastal resources.
This interactive story map from HARC shares information on land use types and the unique interaction with storm water (rain water plus surface water runoff) each has in our region.
This interactive tool allows you to select a watershed and water station type to view and analyze different data points for that particular area.
The Wetland Impact Minimization Measures (WIMM) Web Visualization Tool (EXPLORE WIMMS) illustrates the connections between phase of drilling, WIMMs, and wetland functions.