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Kathryn J. Mengerink

Senior Attorney; Director, Ocean Program
(202) 939-3825

Dr. Kathryn Mengerink, Senior Attorney and Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute, brings her marine biology and legal expertise to bear on Ocean Program projects. She has led ELI’s Ocean Program since founding it in 2006. Under her leadership, the Program has launched law and policy projects related to regional ocean management, fisheries management and enforcement, aquaculture, ocean and coastal restoration, offshore energy development, marine protection, and more. Her work focuses on supporting healthy oceans by working with communities, scientists, policy-makers, and other stakeholders to improve laws and policies, and their implementation.  She regularly convenes and facilitates working groups, panels, and meetings.  She has led a number of projects, including evaluating the legal ramifications of, opportunities for, and obstacles to coastal and marine spatial planning; supporting implementation of ocean and coastal ecosystem-based management through rigorous analysis of relevant laws and policies; conducting  23-state assessment of state and local authority for marine protection, supporting the role of Alaska Natives in ocean management; and examining the legal framework for deep ocean stewardship, among others. Based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), Dr. Mengerink regularly interacts and engages with the ocean science community.  In addition to her role at ELI, she is a Lecturer and Academic Coordinator at SIO, where she teaches ocean law and policy, deep sea policy, and runs a 9-week graduate summer course on marine biodiversity, conservation and global change. Dr. Mengerink holds a B.S. in Zoology (Texas A&M University), Ph.D. in Marine Biology from SIO (UC San Diego) and a J.D. with a certificate of specialization in environmental law from Boalt Hall, School of Law (UC Berkeley).

Expertise

  • Biodiversity: marine biodiversity and management
  • Water: marine biology; ocean and coastal law and policy; water quality management

Education

  • J.D. with a specialization in environmental law, Boalt Hall, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • Ph.D. in marine biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, 2002
  • B.S. in zoology, Texas A&M University, 1996

Selected Publications

K.J. Mengerink, The Deep Ocean: Advancing Stewardship of the Earth’s Largest Living Space (in press).

L. K. Breggin, K.J. Mengerink, D. Callan & J. Amsalem, Big Data-Big Protection for Environmental Management (in press).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES & COASTAL ZONING IN BARBUDA: LEGAL & INSTITUTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF AUTHORITIES AND APPROACHES (2014) (contributing authors include Read Porter & Kathryn Mengerink)

D. Roche, R. Sladic, K.J. Mengerink & H.J. Diamond, Chapter 23: The Role of Alaska Natives in Climate Change Decision-Making in the Alaskan Arctic, in CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON OCEAN & COASTAL LAW (Randall S. Abate, ed. Forthcoming 2014) (Oxford University Press).

K. Mengerink, Evaluating Marine Protection, ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM (2014).

K. Mengerink et al., A Call for Deep Ocean Stewardship, 344 SCIENCE 696 (2014).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, STRENGTHENING GOVERNMENT-TO-GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION RELATED TO MARINE SUBSISTENCE RESOURCES IN ALASKA (2014) (contributing authors include K.J. Mengerink & H.J. Diamond).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE, CLIMATE & COMMUNITIES: CONDUCTING MARINE RESEARCH IN A CHANGING ARCTIC (2014) (contributing authors include D. Roche, K.J. Mengerink & H.J. Diamond).

L. Petes, H.J. Diamond, B. Fisher, B. Halpern, L. Hansen, A. Mace, K.J. Mengerink, & J. Quintrell, Ocean Management Challenges, Adaptation Approaches, & Opportunities in a Changing Climate, in OCEAN & MARINE RESOURCES IN A CHANGING CLIMATE 140 (Roger Griffis & Jennifer Howard eds, 2013).

G. Swanson, K.J. Mengerink & H.J. Diamond, Understanding the Government-to-Government Consultation Framework for Agency Activities that Affect Marine Natural Resources in the U.S. Arctic, 43 ENVTL. L. REP. 10872 (2013).