Terre Satterfield

Director, IRES
Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment


An anthropologist by training and an interdisciplinarian by design. Her work concerns sustainable development in the context of debates about environmental values, risk and environmental health. Professor Satterfield studies environmental conflicts including logging disputes, biodiversity management and politics, First Nation interest in land management and regulatory contexts, the governance and perceived risk of new technologies (biotechnology and nanotechnology), and the social and cultural consequences of contamination. Professor Satterfield’s research is or has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Hampton Fund, the US National Science Foundation, the New Zealand Foundation for Research and Technology, the US EPA and Department of Energy, the World Health Organization, the Getty Conservation Institute. Dr. Satterfield’s work has been published in such journals as Nature Nanotechnology, Environmental Science and Technology, Bioscience, Ambio, Journal of Environmental Management, Risk Analysis, Global Environmental Change, Science and Public Policy, Society and Natural Resources, Ecological Economics, Environmental Values, Human Ecology Review, Ecology and Society and New Genetics and Society. She has received awards for two of her publications, including her book, The Anatomy of a Conflict (2002). Two other volumes include: Satterfield & Slovic, What’s Nature Worth, and in 2005, the Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values, Kaloff & Satterfield, as well as contributions to edited collection including a recent volume entitled The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, and a volume on post-Cold War environments sponsored by the School of American Research.


Environmental Meanings and Ecosystem Services: The Social Risks of Ecological Change

SSHRC Insight Grant

Collaborative Research and Capacity Building in New Approaches to Resource Development on Indigenous Lands

SSHRC International Fund

Conservation Planning and Conservation Policy using Event Ethnography


Quantifying Nature’s Bounty


Coastal Ecosystem Services



RMES 510 Social-Ecological Systems

Featured Publications

Ban, N; Mills, M; Tam, J; Hicks, C; Klain, S; Stoeckl, N; Bottrill, M; Levine, J; Pressey; Satterfield, T; Chan, K. A (2013) Socio-ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment.

Beaudrie, C; Kandlikar, C; Satterfield, T (2013)  From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: Gaps in U.S. Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life Cycle. Environmental Science and Technology

Hagerman, S and Satterfield, T. Entangled Judgments: Expert preferences for adapting biodiversity conservation to climate change. Journal of Environmental Management

Hagerman, S and Satterfield, T. (accepted) Agreed but not preferred: Expert views on taboo options for biodiversity conservation given climate changeEcological Applications

Satterfield, T; Gregory, R; Klain, S; Roberts, M and Chan, K (2013)  Culture, Intangibles and Metrics in Environmental Management. Journal of Environmental Management, 117:103-114.

Satz, D; Gould, D; Chan, K; Guerry, A; Norton, B; Satterfield, T; Halpern, B; Levine, J; Woodside, U; Hannahs, N; Basurto, X, Klain, S The Challenge of Incorporating Cultural Ecosystem Services into Environmental AssessmentAmbio.

Chan Kai; Satterfield, Terre and Goldstein, Josh (2012) Rethinking Ecosystem Services to Better Address and Navigate Cultural Values.Ecological Economics74:8-18

Chan, K, Guerry, A, Klain, S., Balvenera, P, Satterfield, T., Basurto, X, Bostrom, A (2012) Where are ‘Cultural’ and ‘Social’ in Ecosystem Services: A Framework for Constructive EngagementBioscience, 62(8): 744-756

Engeman, Cassandra;Lynn Baumgartner, Benjamin M. Carr, Allison M. Fish, John D. Meyerhofer, Terre A.Satterfield,  Patricia A. Holden, Barbara Herr Harthorn (2012). Governance Implications of Nanomaterials Companies’ Inconsistent Risk Perceptions and Safety PracticesJournal of Nanoparticle Research, Vol 14, online Feb 2012.

Satterfield, T; Conti, J; Harthorn, B; et al. (2012) Understanding Mobile Perceptions of Nanotechnologies and their Implications for Science and Policy Dialogues about Emerging TechnologiesScience and Public Policy

Current Students

Jana Kotaska,
Jordan Levine,
Michael Reid,
Christian Beaudrie,
Julia Freeman,
Megan Callahan,
Mollie Chapman,
Nicole Wilson,
Jason Brown,
Johnnie Manson,

Contact Details

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