Dr. Erin Urquhart Jephson

Dr. Erin Urquhart Jephson

  • SR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.7727
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Erin Urquhart is an applied environmental scientist who manages/coordinates the NASA PACE Project Applications program. She works at the transdisciplinary boundary of earth science, social science, and public health using principals of Human Centered design (HCD), user experience, participatory research, and team science. Erin engages end-users and stakeholders to identify their needs and science objectives while exploring innovative and practical uses of satellite Earth observation data products. She has a proven track record in coastal and inland water quality research, empirical modeling, and satellite remote sensing with a MHS in Public Health and a MA/PhD in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

    Positions/Employment

    12/2019 - Present

    PACE Project Applications Coordinator

    NASA GSFC;SSAI, Greenbelt, MD
    8/2015 - 11/2019

    ORISE Research Fellow

    US Environmental Protection Agency, ORD; National Exposure Research Laboratory, Durham, NC

    EPA Cyanobacteria Assessment Network

    5/2014 - 7/2015

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    University of New Hampshire Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, Durham, NH
    9/2009 - 5/2014

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Johns Hopkins University; Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Baltimore, MD
    5/2007 - 10/2007

    Research Assistant

    California Department of Public Health, Avila Beach, CA

    Education

    Ph.D., Earth & Planetary Sciences-- 2014

    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Advisor: Benjamin Zaitchik

    Second Reader: Carlos Del Castillo

    Dissertation: Remote Sensing and Modeling of Vibrio Bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay

    M.A., Earth & Planetary Sciences-- 2011

    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Advisor: Benjamin Zaitchik

    M.H.S., Environmental Health Science-- 2009

    The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

    Advisor: Jaqueline Agnew

    Second Reader: Thaddeus Graczyk

    Master’s Thesis: Analysis of Marine Bio-toxins and Climate Change

    B.A., Global Studies and Geography-- 2007

    Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, USA

    Advisor: Rheyna Laney
     

    Special Experience

    TRAINING/CERTIFICATIONS

    Professional Service

    Professional Board Association

    • Community Engagement Officer: Science Communicators Network of North Carolina (SCONC- Fall 2019)

    Editorial Boards and Peer Review

    • Grant Proposal Reviewer: National Aeronautics and Space Agency, Applied Sciences, ROSES (Spring 2018)
    •  Journal Reviewer: PLOS One, Remote Sensing of Environment, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Remote Sensing, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Toxins;

    Teaching Experience

    • 2010-2013 Teaching Assistant, The Johns Hopkins University
      • Courses: “Oceans and Atmospheres” and “Introduction to Sustainability”
    • 2012-2013 Guest Lecturer, The Johns Hopkins University
      • Courses: “Remote Sensing of Environment”

    Other Professional Information

    FIELD EXPERIENCE

    • 2017-2019; North Carolina, USA, Jordan Lake- Hyperspectral-radiometer optical water sampling
    • 2014-2015; New Hampshire, USA, Great Bay- Water, oyster, and spectro-radiometer optical sampling
    • 2010-2012; Maryland and Virginia, USA, Chesapeake Bay- Water and bacterial collection aboard the R/V Kerhin
    • 2009; Maryland, USA, Baltimore County- Insect collection for Lyme disease survey
    • 2007; California, USA, Avila Beach- Shellfish collection, identification of harmful algal bloom species

    Awards

    • 2018-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Award. High End Scientific Computing Project. USA EPA, Office of Research and Design
    • 2017 High Performance Computing (HPC) Award. High End Scientific Computing Project. USA EPA, Office of Research and Design
    • 2017 NASA ROSES A.30: Remote Sensing of Water Quality. Co-I: Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) for freshwater systems: an early warning indicator of toxin and nuisance blooms using ocean color satellites
    • 2017 Early Career Travel Award. ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting
    • 2014 Best Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award. Gordon Research Conference Oceans and Human Health
    • 2013 Student Oral Presentation Competition. MEDGEO/ISPRS Annual Meeting
    • 2012 Outstanding Student Presentation Award. AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting
    • 2011-12 Graduate Student Summer Field Work Grant. The Johns Hopkins University
    • 2010 Graduate Student Fellowship. Global Water Program, The Johns Hopkins University

    Publications

    Refereed

    Hartwick, M. A., E. A. Urquhart, C. A. Whistler, et al. V. S. Cooper, E. N. Naumova, and S. H. Jones. 2019. "Forecasting Seasonal Vibrio parahaemolyticus Concentrations in New England Shellfish." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (22): 4341 [10.3390/ijerph16224341]

    Coffer, M. M., B. A. Schaeffer, J. A. Darling, E. A. Urquhart, and W. B. Salls. 2018. "A method for quantifying the number of U.S. lakes with cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms using satellite remote sensing." Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XV, [10.1117/12.2319669]

    Schaeffer, B. A., S. W. Bailey, R. N. Conmy, et al. M. Galvin, A. R. Ignatius, J. M. Johnston, D. J. Keith, R. S. Lunetta, R. Parmar, R. P. Stumpf, E. A. Urquhart, P. J. Werdell, and K. Wolfe. 2018. "Mobile device application for monitoring cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms using Sentinel-3 satellite Ocean and Land Colour Instruments." Environmental Modelling & Software, 109: 93-103 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.015]

    Schaeffer, B. A., J. Iiames, J. Dwyer, et al. E. Urquhart, W. Salls, J. Rover, and B. Seegers. 2018. "An initial validation of Landsat 5 and 7 derived surface water temperature for U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries." International Journal of Remote Sensing, 1-17 [10.1080/01431161.2018.1471545]

    Bernard, S., C. Binding, C. Brockmann, et al. A. G. Dekker, P. DiGiacomo, S. Greb, D. Griffith, S. Groom, E. Hestir, P. Hunter, T. Kutser, C. Mannaerts, M. Matthews, D. Odermatt, L. Robertson Lain, B. Schaeffer, S. Simis, E. Spyrakos, R. Stumpf, A. Tyler, E. Urquhart, and M. Wang. 2018. "Earth observations in support of global water quality monitoring." IOCCG report 17 (17):

    Clark, J. M., B. A. Schaeffer, J. A. Darling, et al. E. A. Urquhart, J. M. Johnston, A. R. Ignatius, M. H. Myer, K. A. Loftin, P. J. Werdell, and R. P. Stumpf. 2017. "Satellite monitoring of cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom frequency in recreational waters and drinking water sources." Ecological Indicators, 80: 84-95 [10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.046]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. A. Schaeffer, R. P. Stumpf, K. A. Loftin, and P. J. Werdell. 2017. "A method for examining temporal changes in cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom spatial extent using satellite remote sensing." Harmful Algae, 67: 144-152 [10.1016/j.hal.2017.06.001]

    Urquhart, E. A., S. H. Jones, J. W. Yu, et al. B. M. Schuster, A. L. Marcinkiewicz, C. A. Whistler, and V. S. Cooper. 2016. "Environmental Conditions Associated with Elevated Vibrio parahaemolyticus Concentrations in Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire." PLOS ONE, 11 (5): e0155018 [10.1371/journal.pone.0155018]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, S. D. Guikema, et al. B. J. Haley, E. Taviani, A. Chen, M. E. Brown, A. Huq, and R. R. Colwell. 2015. "Use of Environmental Parameters to Model Pathogenic Vibrios in Chesapeake Bay." J ENV INFORM, 26 (1): 1-13 [10.3808/jei.201500307]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, D. W. Waugh, S. D. Guikema, and C. E. Del castillo. 2014. "Uncertainty in Model Predictions of Vibrio vulnificus Response to Climate Variability and Change: A Chesapeake Bay Case Study." PLOS ONE, 9 (5): e98256 [10.1371/journal.pone.0098256]

    Urquhart, E. A., M. J. Hoffman, R. R. Murphy, and B. F. Zaitchik. 2013. "Geospatial interpolation of MODIS-derived salinity and temperature in the Chesapeake Bay." Remote Sensing of Environment, 135: 167-177 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.03.034]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, M. J. Hoffman, S. D. Guikema, and E. F. Geiger. 2012. "Remotely sensed estimates of surface salinity in the Chesapeake Bay: A statistical approach." Remote Sensing of Environment, 123: 522-531 [10.1016/j.rse.2012.04.008]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Erin Urquhart is an applied environmental scientist who manages/coordinates the NASA PACE Project Applications program. She works at the transdisciplinary boundary of earth science, social science, and public health using principals of Human Centered design (HCD), user experience, participatory research, and team science. Erin engages end-users and stakeholders to identify their needs and science objectives while exploring innovative and practical uses of satellite Earth observation data products. She has a proven track record in coastal and inland water quality research, empirical modeling, and satellite remote sensing with a MHS in Public Health and a MA/PhD in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Hartwick, M. A., E. A. Urquhart, C. A. Whistler, et al. V. S. Cooper, E. N. Naumova, and S. H. Jones. 2019. "Forecasting Seasonal Vibrio parahaemolyticus Concentrations in New England Shellfish." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16 (22): 4341 [10.3390/ijerph16224341]

    Coffer, M. M., B. A. Schaeffer, J. A. Darling, E. A. Urquhart, and W. B. Salls. 2018. "A method for quantifying the number of U.S. lakes with cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms using satellite remote sensing." Remote Sensing and Modeling of Ecosystems for Sustainability XV [10.1117/12.2319669]

    Schaeffer, B. A., S. W. Bailey, R. N. Conmy, et al. M. Galvin, A. R. Ignatius, J. M. Johnston, D. J. Keith, R. S. Lunetta, R. Parmar, R. P. Stumpf, E. A. Urquhart, P. J. Werdell, and K. Wolfe. 2018. "Mobile device application for monitoring cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms using Sentinel-3 satellite Ocean and Land Colour Instruments." Environmental Modelling & Software 109 93-103 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.08.015]

    Schaeffer, B. A., J. Iiames, J. Dwyer, et al. E. Urquhart, W. Salls, J. Rover, and B. Seegers. 2018. "An initial validation of Landsat 5 and 7 derived surface water temperature for U.S. lakes, reservoirs, and estuaries." International Journal of Remote Sensing 1-17 [10.1080/01431161.2018.1471545]

    Bernard, S., C. Binding, C. Brockmann, et al. A. G. Dekker, P. DiGiacomo, S. Greb, D. Griffith, S. Groom, E. Hestir, P. Hunter, T. Kutser, C. Mannaerts, M. Matthews, D. Odermatt, L. Robertson Lain, B. Schaeffer, S. Simis, E. Spyrakos, R. Stumpf, A. Tyler, E. Urquhart, and M. Wang. 2018. "Earth observations in support of global water quality monitoring." IOCCG report 17 (17):

    Clark, J. M., B. A. Schaeffer, J. A. Darling, et al. E. A. Urquhart, J. M. Johnston, A. R. Ignatius, M. H. Myer, K. A. Loftin, P. J. Werdell, and R. P. Stumpf. 2017. "Satellite monitoring of cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom frequency in recreational waters and drinking water sources." Ecological Indicators 80 84-95 [10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.04.046]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. A. Schaeffer, R. P. Stumpf, K. A. Loftin, and P. J. Werdell. 2017. "A method for examining temporal changes in cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom spatial extent using satellite remote sensing." Harmful Algae 67 144-152 [10.1016/j.hal.2017.06.001]

    Urquhart, E. A., S. H. Jones, J. W. Yu, et al. B. M. Schuster, A. L. Marcinkiewicz, C. A. Whistler, and V. S. Cooper. 2016. "Environmental Conditions Associated with Elevated Vibrio parahaemolyticus Concentrations in Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire." PLOS ONE 11 (5): e0155018 [10.1371/journal.pone.0155018]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, S. D. Guikema, et al. B. J. Haley, E. Taviani, A. Chen, M. E. Brown, A. Huq, and R. R. Colwell. 2015. "Use of Environmental Parameters to Model Pathogenic Vibrios in Chesapeake Bay." J ENV INFORM 26 (1): 1-13 [10.3808/jei.201500307]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, D. W. Waugh, S. D. Guikema, and C. E. Del castillo. 2014. "Uncertainty in Model Predictions of Vibrio vulnificus Response to Climate Variability and Change: A Chesapeake Bay Case Study." PLOS ONE 9 (5): e98256 [10.1371/journal.pone.0098256]

    Urquhart, E. A., M. J. Hoffman, R. R. Murphy, and B. F. Zaitchik. 2013. "Geospatial interpolation of MODIS-derived salinity and temperature in the Chesapeake Bay." Remote Sensing of Environment 135 167-177 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.03.034]

    Urquhart, E. A., B. F. Zaitchik, M. J. Hoffman, S. D. Guikema, and E. F. Geiger. 2012. "Remotely sensed estimates of surface salinity in the Chesapeake Bay: A statistical approach." Remote Sensing of Environment 123 522-531 [10.1016/j.rse.2012.04.008]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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