Erin Satterthwaite, PhD, is a California Sea Grant extension specialist based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In this role, she is coordinating the longest marine ecosystem time series, the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI). In this role, she works on engaging with key stakeholders within California, nationally, and internationally within the North Pacific and conducting applied research relevant to sustainable marine resources in the context of a changing climate. Dr. Satterthwaite is a marine ecologist who works at the interface of applied marine research, policy engagement, and science communication to advance ocean knowledge for sustainability. She works on ocean sustainability issues related to marine biodiversity, fisheries and mariculture, social-ecological systems, citizen science, and biological oceanography.
Erin completed a PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis and a B.A. in Biology at Juniata College. She was previously a California Sea Grant State Fellow with the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. To read more about Erin's state fellowship experience, please check out her alumni profile page.
- Marine ecosystem dynamics & ecosystem indicators
- Climate change
- Sustainable fisheries & mariculture
- Data science & visualization
- Science communcation
Dr. Satterthwaite provides scientific expertise related to emerging issues affecting marine ecosystems & biodiversity, sustainable fisheries, and social-ecological systems in the context of a changing climate. Her current research priorities include the application of novel technologies, such as environmental DNA, to understand the effects of human induced stressors and changing climate on marine ecosystems and to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources, such as through marine ecosystem-based management.
Extension and Outreach
Dr. Satterthwaite works with local, state, national, and international partners to identify priority needs for ocean observing and monitoring off the coast of California in order to understand effects of climate change and human induced changes on coastal communities. In addition, she is passionate about engaging early career ocean professionals in applied research, community engagement, and policy processes.
Featured Outreach Products
- Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2020. Margaret Davidson Emerging Leaders: New Perspectives on Conserving Nature
- To Achieve A Sustainable Future, We Need to Include Early Career Professionals in Global Decision-Making
- Future Earth and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
- IOC-UNESCO interview
- Keeping an eye on the world’s oceans: designing a global ocean observing system to monitor marine life
- HippoReads. Sex in the Sea and the Fascinating Life of Ocean Babies
- Larval robots: Understanding marine young
Wisz M.S., Satterthwaite E. V., Fudge M., Fischer M., Polejack A., St. John M., Fletcher S., Rudd M.A. 2020. 100 Opportunities for More Inclusive Ocean Research: Cross-Disciplinary Research Questions for Sustainable Ocean Governance and Management. Frontiers in Marine Science 7. doi:10.3389/fmars.2020.00576
Satterthwaite, E.V., S.G. Morgan, J.P. Ryan, J.B.J. Harvey, R.C. Vrijenhoek. 2020. Seasonal and synoptic oceanographic changes influence the larval assemblage of a retentive upwelling shadow. Progress in Oceanography 128.
Miloslavich, P., N. Bax, E.V. Satterthwaite. 2019. Designing the global observing system for marine life. Eos 100.
Rivest, E. B. Jellison, G. Ng, E.V. Satterthwaite, H. L. Bradley, S. L. Williams and B. Gaylord. 2019. Mechanisms Involving Sensory Pathway Steps Inform Impacts of Global Climate Change on Ecological Processes. Frontiers in Marine Science 6:346.
Sur, C., J.M. Abbott, R. Ambo-Rappe, N. Asriani, S.O. Hameed, B.M. Jellison, H.A Lestari, S.R. Limbong, M. Mandasari, G. Ng, E.V. Satterthwaite, et al. 2018. Marine Debris on Small Islands: Insights from an Educational Outreach Program in the Spermonde Archipelago, Indonesia. Frontiers in Marine Science 5(35): 1-5.
Burgess, S.C., K.J. Nickols, C. Griesemer, L.A.K. Barnett, A. Dedrick, E.V. Satterthwaite, et al. 2014. Beyond larval connectivity: how empirical methods can quantify population persistence to improve marine protected area design.Ecol. Applications 24(2): 257-270.