Dr. Lee Weishar
Dr. Lee Weishar, Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Group, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of oceanography, coastal engineering, sediment transport and nearshore processes. Dr. Weishar is the Secretary for the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) and is president of the Coastal Zone Foundation. For the past 20 years, he has focused on coastal engineering and wetland/marsh restoration. His coastal engineering work includes beach nourishment, coastal structures, soft solutions for shoreline protection including living shorelines, designing projects that increase coastal resiliency, as well as dredging and sediment management. Dr. Weishar also specializes in the integration of biological, ecological and hydraulic data to develop wetland restoration designs and to ensure that the design will meet the restoration objectives. He has been involved in the design, permitting and construction phases of restoration projects for more than two decades. During the design phases of large-scale projects, Dr. Weishar spearheads the preliminary hydraulic design and hydrodynamic analyses that prove to the client that a large-scale restoration is feasible. Dr. Weishar has worked to perform critical examinations of the marsh restoration performance through frequent on-site visits and analytical analyses. Dr. Weishar helped pioneer the applications of Ecological Engineering and Adaptive Management in the field of marsh restoration. Additionally, Dr. Weishar has extensive experience in evaluating the potential impacts of proposed restoration projects on existing wetlands and adjacent transitional, buffer and upland areas. Dr. Weishar has permitted a wide variety of projects that include beach nourishment, revetments and wetland restoration. He is familiar with environmental policy at local, state, federal and international levels.