Erik Chapman

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

Dr. Erik Chapman is the Director of New Hampshire Sea Grant, the Associate Director of Outreach for the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. He has a MS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Oceanography from Old Dominion University. Dr. Chapman has worked extensively with the NH fishing industry and with University researchers on projects designed to support sustainable marine fisheries. Prior to his work in NH, he worked studied the influence of a changing climate on Adelie penguin reproductive ecology and the effects of environmental variability and fishing pressure on life history characteristics of Bluefin tuna.


  • 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

Courses Taught

  • MEFB 702: Sustainable Marine Fisheries

Selected Publications

Chapman, E. W., Jørgensen, 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 Adélie­penguin 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 Adélie 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