Lisa Graichen joined UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant as Climate Adaptation Program Coordinator on January 3. This position is shared between UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant and Lisa will dedicate about half of her time to NH’s inland communities and half to the coastal watershed communities.
In her work with Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant, Lisa will be focusing on climate adaptation in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed, working on projects with the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (a collaboration of 22 organizations) and conducting programming with coastal communities. She will also be developing new programming for climate adaptation work in the rest of the state and will represent Cooperative Extension on the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.
Prior to joining Extension, Lisa worked on projects with Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Great Bay 2020 partners, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative and Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNET). She has worked with a variety of stakeholders in New Hampshire’s coastal watershed, including municipal leaders, citizens, academic researchers, federal agencies, non-profit staff and development professionals. Her recent work has focused on collaboration, facilitation, and planning and implementation of workshops and meetings on a range of topics including riparian and wetland buffer management, living shorelines, impacts of climate change on transportation, marsh restoration and invasive species management.
Lisa completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees at UNH. She is a graduate of the internship-based TIDES Masters program (Training for the Integration of Decision-making and Ecosystem Science), during which she worked with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve in New York, earned a Master of Science in Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Science, Policy and Management and completed the UNH certificate program in Geospatial Studies.
Amanda Stone, natural resources and land preservation specialist, and Julia Peterson, professor and water resources specialist, are delighted to welcome Lisa to the team and to work with her on climate adaptation projects.
“I am looking forward to working with Lisa on developing new programming in climate adaptation for New Hampshire’s inland communities,” says Stone. "Lisa’s skills working with communities and external partners will be a tremendous asset to our work.”
Lisa’s office is located on campus in Nesmith Hall. She can be reached at Lisa.Graichen@unh.edu