Erika Marín-Spiotta

Position title: Professor of Geography, UW–Madison


Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta (she/her) is Professor of Geography at UW-Madison where she leads the Biogeochemistry and Biogeography Lab. She is Faculty Co-Director of the Wisconsin Inclusion in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, Faculty Director of the Community of Graduate Research Scholars fellowship program, and co-Director of the new Wisconsin Sloan Center for Systemic Change in graduate education. She is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Ecological Society of America. Marín-Spiotta is the lead PI of the ADVANCEGeo Partnership and part of the Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Education for Anti-Racism Literacy in the Sciences team.

In addition to research in terrestrial earth system science, Dr. Marín-Spiotta been conducting collaborative research on the following themes: quantification and identification of educational and workplace experiences in the geosciences, one of the least diverse fields in STEMM; development and study of the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the prevalence and harm of exclusionary behaviors in the classroom, lab and field; anti-racist pedagogies for more equitable education in STEM; assessment of strategies for improving safety in field research and training environments; evaluation of train-the-trainers programs to enhance equitable practices in academia.

Research areas: Workplace climate; STEM equity; anti-racist pedagogies; exclusionary behaviors; hostile climates; ethics