Erik Chapman

Erik Chapman

Director, NH Sea Grant
Phone: (603) 862-1935
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, Morse Hall Rm 116, Durham, NH 03824

Erik has been the Director of NH Sea Grant since 2016, and the Associate Director of Outreach for the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering since 2015. He has a Masters in Wildlife Ecology and a PhD in Oceanography and his expertise is in developing and using ecosystem models: an approach he has used to explore factors influencing Adèlie Penguin reproductive energetics and life history characteristics of bluefin tuna. Prior to becoming Director of NH Sea Grant, he worked extensively in an outreach and extension capacity with the NH and regional fishing industry and fisheries scientists on projects designed to support sustainable marine fisheries. Among other responsibilities, he is currently the Chair of the NH Commission on Coastal and Marine Natural Resources and the Environment, a member of the Sea Grant Association Board, and a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board Ecosystem Sciences and Management Working Group.


  • Ph.D., Oceanography(Chem.&Physical), Old Dominion University
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Interests

  • Antarctic Ocean
  • Aquaculture/Hydroponics
  • Coastal Processes
  • Fish and Fisheries

Selected Publications

  • Chapman, E. W., Jorgensen, C., & Lutcavage, M. E. (2011). Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus): a state-dependent energy allocation model for growth, maturation, and reproductive investment. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC SCIENCES, 68(11), 1934-1951. doi:10.1139/F2011-109

  • Chapman, E. W., Hofmann, E. E., Patterson, D. L., Ribic, C. A., & Fraser, W. R. (2011). Marine and terrestrial factors affecting Adelie penguin Pygoscelis adeliae chick growth and recruitment off the western Antarctic Peninsula. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 436, 273-289. doi:10.3354/meps09242

  • Chapman, E. W., Hofmann, E. E., Patterson, D. L., & Fraser, W. R. (2010). The effects of variability in Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) spawning behavior and sex/maturity stage distribution on Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) chick growth: A modeling study. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, 57(7-8), 543-558. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2009.10.005

  • Chapman, E. W., Ribic, C. A., & Fraser, W. R. (2004). The distribution of seabirds and pinnipeds in Marguerite Bay and their relationship to physical features during austral winter 2001. DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, 51(17-19), 2261-2278. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2004.07.005

  • Chapman, E. W., & Ribic, C. A. (2002). The impact of buffer strips and stream-side grazing on small mammals in southwestern Wisconsin. AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 88(1), 49-59. doi:10.1016/S0167-8809(01)00154-2

  • Dean, T. F., Delany, M. F., Chapman, E. W., & Vickery, P. D. (1998). Longevity and site fidelity of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows. JOURNAL OF FIELD ORNITHOLOGY, 69(1), 51-54. Retrieved from

  • Most Cited Publications