Erin Satterthwaite

 
Postdoctoral Researcher, PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability 

Erin Satterthwaite is a marine ecologist who works at the interface of applied marine research, policy engagement, and science communication to advance ocean conservation for sustainable development. She is interested in ocean sustainability issues related to marine biodiversity, fisheries management, social-ecological systems, citizen science, and biological oceanography.  

Prior to joining the Future Earth and NCEAS partnership, Erin was a California State Sea Grant Fellow with the Environmental Research Division, a research unit of the National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. In this fellowship, Erin worked on projects ranging from assessing the social and ecological vulnerability of California fisheries to the use of environmental DNA to assess patterns of marine biodiversity along the California coast.

Erin Satterthwaite received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied marine ecology and conservation in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis. Her work there consisted of research related to spatial marine management, such as marine protected areas. She focused on understanding the movement of marine young, also known as marine larvae, to better identify habitats that are priority marine conservation areas and ensure that areas will maintain healthy populations. In addition, she used participatory research methods to assess groundfish populations, such as rockfish and lingcod, inside and outside of marine reserves to understand changes their populations.

Erin is passionate about bringing together ocean sustainability research, policy engagement, and education in novel and creative ways. She has participated in COMPASS science communication trainings, engaged in state and national policy briefings, and developed trainings to provide early career scientists with practical skills to link science and policy. In addition, Erin has developed and taught numerous courses and outreach programs.  She helped to develop an outreach program at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which exposes students to observation-based learning techniques, and has created a Coastal and Marine Science Pre-College Program at UC Davis.  In addition, she has developed a marine science short course for journalism graduate students and an undergraduate course on the science and policy of global change. Erin is especially passionate about linking art and science as a novel form of science communication, and has displayed her own photography at science and art fusion events.