Terre Satterfield

Portrait photo of Terre Satterfield

Terre Satterfield

Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment, IRES

Contact Details

AERL Room 417
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4



Research Interests

Environmental and cultural values, First Nations and Resource Management, Social ecological systems


An anthropologist by training and an interdisciplinarian by design, Terre’s work concerns sustainable development in the context of debates about cultural meanings, environmental values, perceived risk, environmental and ecosystem health. Difficult environmental policy dilemmas and the qualitative and quantitative methods that might resolve these are of particular interest. Locally, her work pertains to First Nations interest in land management, oil and gas development, and regulatory contexts. Globally, her research incorporates biodiversity management and politics, and the perceived risk of new technologies (biotechnology, fracking and nanotechnology). Terre is also a board member or research scientist for several international initiatives that seek to better integrate social science research into policy analysis normally led by the natural and engineering scientists.

Website: https://ires.ubc.ca/person/terre-satterfield/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=1nrd2msAAAAJ&hl=en


Understanding the Perceived Risks and Benefits of Agricultural Applications of Gene Editing  

Genome BC (PI w/ Kandlikar)

Evaluating Social and Cultural Impacts: Decision Theory Meets Practice 

National Science Foundation (Co-I with Gregory at PI)

Nunuts’xlhuusnm: Mobilizing Nuxalk Knowledges and Laws 

SSHRC Connections Grant (Lead by community partners Nicole Kaechele, Clyde Tallio and Rachelle Beveridge)

Novel environmental management interventions in the Anthropocene 

SSHRC Insight Grant (Co-I with Hagerman as PI)

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

SSHRC Insight Grant (PI with Chan)

Re-aserting ‘Namgis Food Sovereignty in an Era of Climate Change

Peter Wall Solutions Initiative (PI with Roberston and Hagerman)


ENVR 410 Energy, Environment and Society

RES 530 Science, Policy and Values in Risk and Resource Management Contexts

RES 507 Human and Technological Systems

RES 500x Survey Design in Interdisciplinary Environmental Research

Featured Publications

Wilson, N. J., Harris, L. M., Joseph-Rear, A., Beaumont, J., & Satterfield, T. (2019). Water is medicine: Reimagining water security through Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in relationships to treated and traditional water sources in Yukon, Canada. Water, 11(3), 624.

Findlater, K. M., Kandlikar, M., Satterfield, T., & Donner, S. D. (2019). Weather and climate variability may be poor proxies for climate change in farmer risk perceptions. Weather, Climate, and Society, 11(4), 697-711.

Chapman, M., Satterfield, T., Wittman, H., & Chan, K. M. (2020). A payment by any other name: Is Costa Rica’s PES a payment for services or a support for stewards?. World Development, 129, 104900.

Dinat, D., Echeverri, A., Chapman, M., Karp, D. S., & Satterfield, T. (2019). Eco-xenophobia among rural populations: The Great-tailed Grackle as a contested species in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 24(4), 332-348.

Findlater, Kieran M., Terre Satterfield, and Milind Kandlikar. “Farmers’ Risk‐Based Decision Making Under Pervasive Uncertainty: Cognitive Thresholds and Hazy Hedging.” Risk Analysis (2019).

Satterfield, T; Collins, M; Harthorn, B (2018) Perceiving Resilience: Understanding people’s intuitions about the qualities of air, water and soil’.  Ecology and Society, 23 (4)

Chapman, Mollie, Terre Satterfield, and Kai MA Chan. “When value conflicts are barriers: Can relational values help explain farmer participation in conservation incentive programs?.” Land Use Policy 82 (2019): 464-475.

Bennett, Nathan and Satterfield, Terre (2018) “Environmental governance: A practical framework to guide design, evaluation and analysis” Conservation Letters, e12600

Witter, Rebecca and Satterfield, Terre (2018) Rhino poaching and the slow violence of conservation-related settlement in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Geoform, online Oct 17 

Witter, Rebecca and Satterfield, Terre (2018) The Ebb and Flow of Indigenous Rights Recognitions in Conservation Policy, Development and Change

Findlater, K. M., Donner, S. D., Satterfield, T., & Kandlikar, M. (2018). Integration anxiety: the cognitive isolation of climate change. Global Environmental Change50, 178-189.              

Findlater, K. M., Satterfield, T., Kandlikar, M., & Donner, S. D. (2018). Six languages for a risky climate: how farmers react to weather and climate change. Climatic Change148(4), 451-465.

Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T., Sinner, J., Ellis, J. I., & Chan, K. M. (2018). Bird Killer, Industrial Intruder or Clean Energy? Perceiving Risks to Ecosystem Services Due to an Offshore Wind Farm. Ecological Economics143, 111-129.

Tam, J., Chan, K. M. A., Satterfield, T., Singh, G. G., & Gelcich, S. (2018). Gone fishing? Intergenerational cultural shifts can undermine common property co-managed fisheries. Marine Policy90, 1-5.

Wilson, N. J., Mutter, E., Inkster, J., & Satterfield, T. (2018). Community-Based Monitoring as the practice of Indigenous governance: A case study of Indigenous-led water quality monitoring in the Yukon River Basin. Journal of environmental management210, 290-298.

Kaplan-Hallam, Maery, Nathan J. Bennett, and Terre Satterfield. “Catching sea cucumber fever in coastal communities: Conceptualizing the impacts of shocks versus trends on social-ecological systems.” Global Environmental Change 45 (2017): 89-98.

Klain, S. C., Satterfield, T., Sinner, J., Ellis, J. I., & Chan, K. M. (2018). Bird Killer, Industrial Intruder or Clean Energy? Perceiving Risks to Ecosystem Services Due to an Offshore Wind Farm. Ecological Economics143, 111-129.

Satterfield, T, Robertson, L, Vadeboncoeur, N, Pitts, A (2017) On the Implications of a changing climate for food sovereignty in coastal British Columbia. In Conservation for the Anthropocene, Phillip Levin and Melissa Poe, eds. Elsevier Academic Press

Jollymore, A., Haines, M. J., Satterfield, T., & Johnson, M. S. (2017). Citizen science for water quality monitoring: Data implications of citizen perspectives. Journal of Environmental Management200, 456-467.

Pidgeon, N., Harthorn, B. H., Satterfield, T., & Demski, C. (2017). Cross-National Comparative Communication and Deliberation About the Risks of Nanotechnologies. The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication, 141.

Levine, Jordan, Michael Muthukrishna, Kai Chan, Terre Satterfield (2017). “Sea otters, social justice, and ecosystem‐service perceptions in Clayoquot Sound, Canada.” Conservation Biology, 31:2, pp 342-353.

Charnley, Susan, Courtney Carothers, Terre Satterfield, Arielle Levine, Melissa R. Poe, Karma Norman, Jamie Donatuto et al. “Evaluating the best available social science for natural resource management decision-making.” Environmental Science & Policy 73 (2017): 80-88.

Singh, G. G., Sinner, J., Ellis, J., Kandlikar, M., Halpern, B. S., Satterfield, T., & Chan, K. M. (2017). Mechanisms and risk of cumulative impacts to coastal ecosystem services: An expert elicitation approach. Journal of Environmental Management199, 229-241.

Singh, G. G., Sinner, J., Ellis, J., Kandlikar, M., Halpern, B. S., Satterfield, T., & Chan, K. (2017). Group elicitations yield more consistent, yet more uncertain experts in understanding risks to ecosystem services in New Zealand bays. PloS one12(8), e0182233.

Garnett, S; Zander, K., Hagerman, S; Satterfield, T; Meyerhoff, J (online) Social preferences for adaptation measures to conserve Australian birds threatened by climate change. Oryx. January 10, 2017

Echeverri, A; Callahan, M; Chan, K; Satterfield, T; Zhao, J (online) Explicit not Implicit Preferences Conservation Intentions for Endangered Species and Biomes. PLOS One. January 30, 2017

Gregory, Robin, Terre Satterfield, and Ariel Hasell. “Using decision pathway surveys to inform climate engineering policy choices.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.3 (2016): 560-565.

Poe, Melissa R., Jamie Donatuto, and Terre Satterfield. ““Sense of Place”: Human Wellbeing Considerations for Ecological Restoration in Puget Sound.” Coastal Management 44.5 (2016): 409-426.

Wieland, Raoul, et al, Sarah Ravensbergen, Edward Gregr, Terre Satterfield, Kai M. Chan  “Debunking trickle-down ecosystem services: The fallacy of omnipotent, homogeneous beneficiaries.” Ecological Economics 121 (2016): 175-180.

MacDonald, Ginger Gibson, John B. Zoe, and Terre Satterfield. “Reciprocity in the Canadian Dene Diamond Mining Economy.” Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods: Development Challenges in an Era of Globalization (2016): 57.

Breslow, Sara Jo, Barnea, R; Basurto, X, Carothers, C, Charnley, S, Coulthard, S, Dolsak, N, Donatuto, J, Garcia-Quilano, C, Hicks, C, Levine, A, Masica, M. Norman, K, Poe, M, Satterfield, T, St. Martin, K, Levin, P. “Conceptualizing and operationalizing human wellbeing for ecosystem assessment and management.” Environmental Science & Policy 66 (2016): 250-259.