Dr. Erin Urquhart serves as associate program manager for the NASA Earth Science Applied Sciences Water Resource program area. She also leads the NASA PACE Project Applications program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a member of the Ocean Ecology Laboratory. Her research focuses on the use of satellite remote sensing data for monitoring and modeling of coastal, estuarine, and inland water quality.
Erin engages users and stakeholders to identify their needs and science objectives while exploring innovative and practical applications of satellite Earth observation data. She works at the transdisciplinary boundary of earth science, social science, and public health using principals of Design Thinking and participatory research.
Previously, Erin was a research fellow at the US Environmental Protection Agency as part of the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) project. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from The Johns Hopkins University in Earth & Planetary Sciences. She also earned a master’s degree in [Environmental] Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a professional Design Thinking certificate from Cornell University, and a Creative Leadership certificate from IDEOU.