Erin Loury

Communications Director & Fisheries Biologist

Erin Loury is a fisheries biologist and science communication specialist who has fisheries research experience in the western United States and Southeast Asia. She has extensive experience communicating scientific findings to broad audiences via multiple media platforms. Erin manages FISHBIO’s website, blog, newsletter, and social media channels; prepares press materials; and assists with video production and community outreach. Additionally, she helps coordinate FISHBIO’s Mekong program, including directing communications as a partner of the USAID-funded Wonders of the Mekong project in Cambodia and for the Mekong Fish Network. Erin has worked on projects to establish community-managed Fish Conservation Zones (FCZs) in Laos and Myanmar, standardize fisheries research methods, and engage community participation in fisheries research and management. She has written multiple guidebooks related to FCZ establishment and management.

Erin directs FISHBIO’s education program and coordinates classroom visits, has conducted science education training for teachers, and has designed and led trainings on science writing, communication strategies, and video production. She holds a master’s degree in marine science with a focus in ichthyology from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, where she worked with recreational and commercial fishers to conduct fish monitoring surveys in Central California’s marine protected areas. She also holds a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Davis.

Featured Projects

Selected Reports and Publications

Loury, E.K., V.L. Elliott, S.M. Ainsley, I.G. Baird, L.J. Baumgartner, S. Chhuoy, D.J. Lee, P.B. Ngor, B. Touch, A.V. Vu, and Z.S. Hogan, Z.S. 2021. Priority knowledge needs for management of migratory fish species in Cambodia. Fisheries Management and Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/fme.12483

Loury, E.K., J.C. Eschenroeder, L. Seat, S. Chea; C. Chhut; S. Kritsanavarin; S. Lovgren, E.G. Ramsay, D. Thao, and Z.S. Hogan. 2021. Communicating for Aquatic Conservation in Cambodia and Beyond: Lessons Learned from In-Person and Media-Based Environmental Education and Outreach Strategies. Water, 13, 1853. DOI: 10.3390/w13131853

Loury, E.K. and S.M. Ainsley. 2020. Identifying Indicators to Evaluate Community-Managed Freshwater Protected Areas in the Lower Mekong Basin: A Review of Marine and Freshwater Examples. Water, 12, 3530. DOI: 10.3390/ w12123530

Loury, E. 2020. Establishing and Managing Freshwater Fish Conservation Zones with Communities: A guide based on lessons learned from Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund grantees in the Indo-Burma Hotspot. Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. Arlington, VA. (Download PDF)

Bond, J., E. Loury, and S. Ounboundisane. 2020. A report on a fisheries conflict management training workshop in Laos. Ecological Management and Restoration. DOI: 10.1111/emr.12419

Loury, E. S. Ainsley, and S. Ounboundisane. 2019. Guidelines for Assessing Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR. FISHBIO Laos, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (Download PDF)

Ounboundisane, S., E. Loury, B. Chamsinh, and F. Guegan. 2019. Status Report on Fish Conservation Zones in Lao PDR. Prepared for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. FISHBIO Laos, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. (Download PDF)

Patricio, H.C., S.A. Zipper, M.L. Peterson, S.M. Ainsley, E.K. Loury, S. Ounboundisane, and D.B. Demko. 2019. Fish catch and community composition in a data-poor Mekong River subcatchment characterised through participatory surveys of harvest from an artisanal fishery. Marine and Freshwater Research 70(2): 153-168. DOI: 10.1071/MF17338

Loury, E. K., S. M. Ainsley, S. D. Bower, R. Chuenpagdee, T. Farrell, A. G. Guthrie, S. Heng, Z. Lunn, A. A. Mamun, R. Oyanedel, S. Rocliffe, S. Satumanatpan, and S. J. Cooke. 2017. Salty stories, fresh spaces: Lessons for aquatic protected areas from marine and freshwater experiences. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems:1-16. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2868

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