Reserve Manager

(715) 399-4085

Dr. Erika Washburn is the Manager of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve based on the campus of UW-Superior in Superior, Wisconsin. An environmental anthropologist specializing in the application of social science to challenges at the intersection of society, water and coastal systems, Erika has worked in not-for-profits, academia and government at multiple levels in the US and abroad. She holds degrees from Boston University and Texas A&M in marine biology, anthropology and maritime archaeology, and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire’s Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science program. Erika’s professional experience is in both natural and cultural resource management, climate adaptation, planning and policy and includes a Fulbright to The Netherlands and a Knauss Fellowship to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) headquarters in Washington DC. Her experience includes time with such diverse entities as The Nature Conservancy, the US EPA’s Office of Water, the Great Lakes Historical Society, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab and during her doctoral fellowship in Denmark, the greater marine science, management and policy community of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Cooperation. In her role as Reserve Manager at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, she is helping to lead the Reserve in integrating the social sciences into research, monitoring and educational programs.

Aerial view of Twin Ports and St. Louis River estuary

Erika leads the Reserve in integrating the social sciences into research, monitoring and educational programs.