Eric Hartge joined the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions as a research and curriculum development intern in November 2010 before becoming a research analyst in July 2011 and then the senior research analyst in November 2013. In the summer of 2015 he was promoted to Research Development Manager and now splits his time between addressing organizational management tasks and leading programmatic research areas.
His current projects include a collaborative effort with the Palauan International Coral Reef Center to aid the Palauan National Government to facilitate the implementation of its Palau National Marine Sanctuary.
Eric previously worked with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as the education program manager for Baltimore Harbor with a focus on the human impact on the water quality and fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay. This followed extensive experience in environmental education in the Leeward Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica and Hawai’i. He also gained enough sea time aboard research ships with the Sea Education Association to earn a USCG Near Coastal Master's and Ocean Mate's License.
Eric received his M.S. in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University and his B.S. in marine biology from the College of Charleston. His professional and academic experience includes estuarine science, coral reef ecology, natural resource management, resilient coastal livelihoods, stakeholder engagement, project management, portfolio management, environmental education, decision analysis, data visualization, grant writing, project portfolio management and environmental education. Eric holds certificates in Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management and Decision-Making for Climate Change.