About Erin Meyer

Dr. Erin Meyer is a Senior Scientist at the California Ocean Science Trust, where she directs the monitoring program, and leads its data and technology initiatives. Erin works to improve scientific and public understanding of performance assessments of California’s statewide MPA network, while advancing globally innovative monitoring approaches. As a vital part of this process, Erin engages with fishermen, Native Nations and tribes, citizen scientists, state and federal agencies, academic scientists, and many others. This community offers valuable expertise, historical data, and technical knowledge, while providing a collective local context for MPA monitoring. By involving the community in the process of planning and implementing MPA monitoring, she seeks to break down mistrust and misconceptions and to build a scientifically rigorous, management-relevant, and community supported program.

Erin traveled around the world pursuing her passion: spending seven years diving in to study kelp forests in Alaska, coral reefs in Bermuda, and intertidal fisheries in the Caribbean and Thailand. She also spent several years teaching the next generation why science is cool, and flinging fish carcasses and planting trees to restore Pacific Northwest rivers. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley - her dissertation focused on the natural history, ecology, and fishery management of invertebrates in the Caribbean.

My News

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by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
September 02, 2015
Progress reports on the first year of baseline monitoring in the North Coast region are now available. Researchers have been busy collecting and analyzing the first ever region-wide dataset for ocean and coastal ecosystems and human uses. In some cases, breaking the surface by diving in or sending...
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by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
June 11, 2015
Why are sea stars growing sores, losing their arms, and dying within a few days? Sea stars along much of the Pacific coast of North America are experiencing a mass mortality event called sea star wasting syndrome. We talk to Dr. Pete Raimondi of the University of California, Santa Cruz about the...
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by Erin Meyer / California Ocean Science Trust
April 07, 2014
On March 6, 2014, the program management team hosted a workshop in Eureka to launch the baseline monitoring program by bringing together collaborators from its 11 projects. The main workshop objective was to maximize project coordination and integration. Together, the 11 projects make up a single...