Dr. Terrie Klinger, Stan and Alta Barer Professor Sustainability Science, is SMEA’s Director. She joined the SMEA faculty in 2001 and became the Director in September 2014. She originally hails from California and studied in both California and British Columbia, earning her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
As a marine ecologist, Dr. Klinger specializes in the effects of environmental stressors on marine ecosystem function and in the development of management strategies to reduce the impact of stressors on marine communities.
A major area of her research is on the biological and ecological impacts of ocean acidification. In 2013, after serving on the Washington State Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification, she was named the Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. She is also the Director and Principal Investigator of the IGERT Program on Ocean Change (iPOC), an NSF-funded, interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the UW.