Dr. Eric Wagner

Research Scientist

Eric Wagner has an M.A. in English and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington. He is generally interested in seabirds, and at Punta Tombo has studied the penguins’ behavioral ecology, as well as the effects that tourism can have on penguins more broadly. Closer to home, he collaborates with a team of researchers who work on rhinoceros auklets at two of their colonies off the Washington coast, looking at how a changing climate affects the birds in different marine systems.

Eric is also an award-winning science writer and author. His essays and journalism have appeared in The Atlantic, Audubon, High Country News, Orion, Smithsonian, and elsewhere, and he has written three books, including Penguins in the Desert and After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens. He is a regular contributor to The Last Word On Nothing, and Book Reviews editor for Marine Ornithology.

Recent publications


The View from Destruction: One Island, Twelve Thousand Birds, and the Futures of the North Pacific. Forthcoming. University of Washington Press.
Watch the webinar hosted by NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Feiro Marine Life Center

After the Blast: The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens. 2020. University of Washington Press.
Named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2020
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Penguins in the Desert. 2018. Oregon State University Press.
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Once and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish. 2016. University of Washington Press.
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