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

Re-aserting ‘Namgis Food Sovereignty in an Era of Climate Change
Collaborative Research and Capacity Building in New Approaches to Resource Development on Indigenous Lands

SSHRC International Fund

Conservation Planning Conservation Policy using Event Ethnography


Quantifying Nature’s Bounty


Coastal Ecosystem Services



RMES 510 Social-Ecological Systems
RMES 502 Interdisciplinary Case Analysis and Research Design
RMES 530 Science, Policy and Values in Risk and Resource Management Contexts

Recent Publications

Bennett, NJ; Govan, H; Satterfield, T (2015) Ocean Grabbing. Marine Policy, 57: 61-68.

Gregory, R; Satterfield, T; Hassel, A (2015) Using Decision Pathway surveys to inform climate engineering policy choices. Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences, Vol 113(3): 560-565.

Levine, J; Chan, KMA; Satterfield, T (2015) From rational actor to efficient complexity manager: Exorcising the ghost of Homo economicus with a unified synthesis of cognition research. Ecological Economics, Volume 114, June 2015, 22-32.

Gould, RK; Klain, SC; Ardoin, NM; Satterfield, T; Woodside, U; Hannahs, N; Daily, GC; Chan, KM (2015) A Protocol for Eliciting Nonmaterial Values Through a Cultural Ecosystem Services Frame. Conservation Biology, April 2015, Volume 29, Issue 2, 575-586.

Klain, SC; Satterfield, T; Chan, KMA (2014) What matters and why? Ecosystem services and their bundled qualities. Ecological Economics, Volume 107, November 2014, 310-320.

Beaudrie, CEH; Satterfield, T; Kandlikar, M; Harthorn, BH (2014) Scientists versus Regulators: Precaution, Novelty & Regulatory Oversight as Predictors of Perceived Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials. PLOS One, September 2014, Volume 9, Issue 9.

Gould, RK; Ardoin, NM; Woodside, U; Satterfield, T; Hannahs, N; Daily, GC (2014) The forest has a story: cultural ecosystem services in Kona, Hawai’i. Ecology and Society, 19(3): 55.

Hagerman, S and Satterfield, T (2014) Agreed but not preferred: Expert views on taboo options for biodiversity conservation given climate changeEcological Applications, 24(3): 548-559.

Witter, R and Satterfield, T (2014) Invisible Losses and the Logics of Resettlement Compensation. Conservation Biology, 0: 1-9.

Beaudrie, C; Satterfield, T ; Kandlikar, M; Harthorn, B (2013) Expert Views on Regulatory Preparedness for Managing the Risks of Nanotechnologies. PLOS One.

Ban, N; Mills, M; Tam, J; Hicks, C; Klain, S; Stoeckl, N; Bottrill, M; Levine, J; Pressey, R; Satterfield, T ; Chan, K (2013) A social-ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, Volume 11, Issue 4.

Beaudrie, C; Kandlikar, M; 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 (2013) Entangled Judgments: Expert preferences for adapting biodiversity conservation to climate change. Journal of Environmental Management, 129(2013): 555-563.

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 (2013) The Challenge of Incorporating Cultural Ecosystem Services into Environmental Assessment. Ambio, 42(6): 675-684.

Chan, K; Satterfield, T ; Goldstein, J (2012) Rethinking Ecosystem Services to Better Address and Navigate Cultural Values. Ecological Economics, 74: 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, C; Baumgartner, L; Carr, B; Fish, A; Meyerhofer, J; Satterfield, T ; Holden, P; Harthorn, B (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 Technologies. Science and Public Policy.

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