Kathryn J. Mengerink
SIO Lecturer, Academic Coordinator
Senior Attorney and Director, Ocean Program
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 subsistence communities in ocean management in the U.S. Arctic; 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).
Publications (see CV)