The list should include a short title for each figure but not the whole caption. Move positively into writing-up your research. Pfirman, Simpson and Hays would be: Pfirman et al. This allows you, as the writer, to lead up to the thesis statement instead of diving directly into the topic.
If you can eliminate all but one, that is great, but often that is not possible with the data in hand. The list should include a short title for each table but not the whole caption. Remember that this is not a review paper. Is this a sparse data set that could better be expressed as a table?
Be factual and orderly in this section, but try not to be too dry. Simpson, and J.