Lisa Cantor Ganey
Science & Health Bldg. (#36), Rm. 547
Master of Science, Biology, Northern Arizona University, 1986
Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Florida, 1982
Classes in financial, managerial, and cost accounting, 1987-89
My interest in biology grew out of opportunities in college to become first a lab assistant and then an undergraduate research assistant. I spent several summers assisting on research studies of the orientation behaviors of Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and reproductive behaviors of the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus). I was then hired to collect data on a more intensive behavioral study of organ pipe mud dauber wasps (Trypoxylon politum) for two years.
Upon beginning graduate school at NAU in Arizona, my research interests were piqued by a professor who offered me the opportunity to study the effects of below-ground herbivory on aspen (Populus tremuloides) growth and reproduction. I worked as a biology graduate teaching assistant for two years and a graduate research assistant for one.
After completing my master’s degree, I spent a year as a high school biology teacher in Florida, and then the next year as a biology instructor at NAU.
As life circumstances changed, I began to study accounting and my career turned towards financial management. I have been with the Center for 29 years holding a variety of job titles, most currently as Business Manager. I enjoy being around the collaborative group at the CSTL where I can support our mission of having a lasting impact on science education.
Having grown up on the East coast in New York and Florida, it was an enormous change to move to Arizona for graduate school where I have lived ever since (with a one-year gap). My husband is a research wildlife biologist and we have two wonderful children. One of my former interests was the practice of Tae Kwon Do, in which I earned a first-degree black belt after spending many hours (and lots of money) buying wood at the lumberyard so I could come home and break it. My current interests include reading, cooking, traveling, and most recently, studying Spanish. Mi español está mejorando, pero tengo un largo camino por recorrer.
Selected scholarly activities
Cantor, Lisa F. (1986). The ecological impact of pocket gophers (Thomomys umbrinus) on aspen clones (Populus tremuloides) and mountain meadow communities. M.S. Thesis, Northern Arizona University.
Cantor, Lisa F. & Whitham, Thomas G. (1989). Importance of belowground herbivory: Pocket gophers may limit aspen to rock outcrop refugia. Ecology 70 (4): 962-970.
Scientific Papers Presented
Cantor, Lisa F. & Whitham, Thomas G. (1985). Impact of pocket gophers on aspen growth and reproduction. American Institute for Biological Sciences Conference, Gainesville, FL.
Cantor, Lisa F. & Whitham, Thomas G. (1986). Belowground herbivory by pocket gophers on aspen clones. Guild of Rocky Mountain Population Biologists Conference, Ogden, UT.
2014 President’s Achievement Award, Northern Arizona University