Terrie Klinger, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

Co-Director, Washington Ocean Acidification Center

Adjunct Professor, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Research areas

Terrie Klinger is Co-Director of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. She is a marine ecologist focused on applying ecological theory to practical management solutions. She studies ecosystem-based approaches to managing natural resources in the ocean, the ecological effects of environmental stressors, such as ocean acidification and habitat loss, and how rocky intertidal communities respond to and recover from disturbance. The Pacific Northwest is her primary study area, including the Puget Sound, the San Juan Archipelago, and the outer coast of Washington, and she maintains a time-series of ecological data at a site in the Gulf of Alaska. She was the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation IGERT award– shorthand for Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship – focusing on how oceans are changing worldwide and what that means to the human communities connected to them. She has been recognized for her combination of marine science and public engagement with the UW’s Outstanding Service Award. She was named Naturalist of the Year by the Western Society of Naturalists and recently was honored with the Seattle Aquarium’s Conservation Research Award. Dr. Klinger received her Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Klinger teaches:

  • SMEA 500: Introduction to the Human Dimensions of Global Change in the Marine Environment
  • SMEA 510: Topics in Marine Ecology
  • SMEA 550: Marine Social-Ecological Systems
  • SMEA 550: Marine Affairs issues in Puget Sound (Field Course)
  • SMEA 591: Marine Science in the Coastal Zone

Selected publications

2020      Galloway AWE, Von Dassow G, Schram JB, Klinger T, Hill TM, Lowe AT, Chan F, Yoshioka RM, Kroeker KJ. Ghost Factors of Laboratory Carbonate Chemistry Are Haunting Our Experiments. Biol. Bull. 239: December 2020

2020      Moore SK, Dreyer SJ, Ekstrom JA, Moore KM, Norman, KC, Klinger T, Allison EH, Jardine SL. 2020. Harmful algal blooms and coastal communities: socioeconomic impacts and actions taken to cope with the 2015 U.S. West Coast domoic acid event. Harmful Algae, Volume 96: 101799, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2020.101799

2020      Moore KM, Allison EH, Dreyer SJ, Ekstrom JA, Jardine SL, Klinger T, Moore SK and Norman KC. 2020.  Harmful Algal Blooms: Identifying Effective Adaptive Actions Used in Fishery-Dependent Communities in Response to a Protracted Event. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:803. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00803

2020      Ekstrom JA, Moore SK, and Klinger T. (2020) Examining harmful algal blooms through a disaster risk management lens: A case study of the 2015 U.S. West Coast domoic acid event. Harmful Algae 94: 101740 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2020.101740

2020      Prentice, C., Poppe, K. L., Lutz, M., *Murray, E., Stephens, T. A., Spooner, A…and Klinger, T. 2020. A synthesis of blue carbon stocks, sources, and accumulation rates in eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows in the Northeast Pacific. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 34, e2019GB006345. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GB006345

2019      Cross, J. N., Turner, J. A., Cooley, S. R., Newton, J. A., Azetsu-Scott, K., Chambers, R. C., et al. 2019. Building the knowledge-to-action pipeline in North America: connecting ocean acidification research and actionable decision support. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:356. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00356

2019      Moore S, Varney A, Norman K, *Cline M, *Blair K, Klinger T. 2019. An index of fisheries closures due to harmful algal blooms and a framework for identifying vulnerable fishing communities on the U.S. West Coast. Marine Policy 110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103543

2018      *Bausch AR, Gallego MA, Harianto J, Thibodeau P, Bednaršek N, Havenhand J, Klinger T.  Influence of bacteria on shell dissolution in dead gastropod larvae and adult Limacina helicina pteropods under ocean acidification conditions. Mar Biol 2018 165: 40. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-018-3293-3

2018      *Bolden IW, *Seroy SK, *Roberts EA, *Schmeisser L, *Koehn JZ, Rilometo CH, Odango EL, Barros C, Sachs JP, & Klinger T. Climate-related community knowledge networks as a tool to increase learning in the context of environmental change. Climate Risk Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crm.2018.04.004

2018      *Greiner CM, Klinger T ,Ruesink JL, Barber JS, Horwith M. Habitat effects of macrophytes and shell on carbonate chemistry and juvenile clam recruitment, survival, and growth. J Experimental Mar Biol Ecol 509: 9-15: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2018.08.006

* Student Publication