Erika Marin-Spiotta


Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta  is an Associate Professor of Geography and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Departments of Soil Science and Forest and Wildlife Ecology, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program at UW-Madison. She studies biogeochemical and ecological effects of landscape disturbance and shifts in biodiversity due to changes in land use and climate, with a focus on terrestrial carbon cycling. She has served in several leadership positions at the American Geophysical Union, including Secretary of the Biogeosciences section and member of the Ethics Task Force and the Meetings Committee. Dr. Marín-Spiotta is a recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union, the President’s Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists, and a Vilas Associate Award from UW-Madison. Marín-Spiotta is past co-principal investigator on a NSF ADVANCE PAID award to support the advancement of early-career women in the geosciences and lead PI of a new ADVANCE Partnership award to develop bystander intervention and ethics training to address sexual harassment in the geosciences. Dr. Marín-Spiotta is committed to increasing the participation of historically underrepresented groups in science and serves on the leadership board of the non-profit organization, the Earth Science Women’s Network.