Kathryn J. Mengerink

CMBC Lecturer
 Email: mengerink@eli.org
Office: 3210 Hubbs Hall
Phone: (858) 822-5821

Senior Attorney and Director, Ocean Program
Environmental Law Institute

2000 L Street NW, Suite 620
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-3825

Dr. Kathryn J. Mengerink, Director of the Ocean Program at the Environmental Law Institute, researches law and policy to support effective ocean management. Current work includes developing innovative approaches to addressing cumulative impacts to West Coast marine ecosystems; supporting Alaska Natives communities’ engagement in Arctic coastal and marine spatial planning (CMSP); and examining the legal ramifications of the federal CMSP framework.  Dr. Mengerink is a lecturer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  She serves on the editorial board for the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal. Before joining ELI, she served as research associate at the Law of the Sea Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps (UCSD) and a J.D. with a Certificate of Specialization in Environmental Law from UC Berkeley.


  • 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

Kathryn J. Mengerink, Comment: The Pew Oceans Commission Report--Navigating a Route to Sustainable Seas, 31 Ecology L.Q. 689 (2005).

Kathryn J. Mengerink & Victor D. Vacquier, Isolation and Characterization of Plasma Membranes From Sea Urchin Spermatozoa, in Methods in Molecular Medicine (H. Schatten ed., 2004).

Kathryn J. Mengerink & Victor D. Vacquier, An ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter Is a Major Glycoprotein of Sea Urchin Sperm Membranes, 277 J. Biol. Chem. 407 (2002).

Kathryn J. Mengerink, Gary W. Moy & Victor D. Vacquier, suREJ3: A Polycystin-1 Protein, Is Cleaved at the GPS Domain and Localizes to the Acrosomal Region of Sea Urchin Sperm, 277 J. Biol. Chem. 943 (2002).

Kathryn J. Mengerink & Victor D. Vacquier, Glycobiology of Sperm Egg Interactions in Deuterostomes, 11 Glycobiology 37R (2001).

Kathryn J. Mengerink, Gary W. Moy & Victor D. Vacquier, suREJ Proteins: New Signaling Molecules in Sea Urchin Spermatozoa, 8 Zygote S28 (2000).