Erin Satterthwaite

Erin Satterthwaite


Erin Satterthwaite is a PhD candidate studying marine ecology and conservation in the Environmental Science and Policy Department at University of California, Davis. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary project 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. She uses ecological fieldwork to study the relationship between habitat characteristics, reproduction, and settlement of a model crab species along the California coast. She has started working with NOAA Fisheries and California Ocean Protection council to help build simple, inexpensive, and useful indicators to better understand the movement of marine larvae, which is central to marine conservation. As an undergraduate, Erin studied biology at Juniata College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania where she studied and conducted research abroad in Ecuador and India. While abroad, Erin cultivated a desire to conduct applied research and integrate the human dimensions into research objectives.

Erin is passionate about bringing together ecological research, science communication, and education in novel and creative ways. She helped to develop a K-12 outreach program at Bodega Marine Laboratory, which exposes students to observation-based learning techniques, and has guided students through scientific inquiry about marine debris and empowered them to affect positive environmental change. In addition, she developed a workshop to provide early career scientists with practical skills to bridge science and policy. Erin enjoys being actively involved at her home institutions and serves in leadership positions on many different committees, all of which have a similar goal of promoting marine science and strengthening interdisciplinary relationships. 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. After completing her Ph.D. at UC Davis, she would like to continue to link research, education, and science communication to promote positive environmental change.

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Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
UC Davis, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Ph.D candidate
University of California Davis
Coastal & Marine Issues
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental Policy & Law
Bodega Marine Laboratory P. O. Box 247
Bodega Bay, California 94923
(805) 895-4353

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