Research Director Sean Rafferty steers a boat on Lake in Erie in PA
Job Title: 
Research Director and Associate Director


Sean Rafferty, Ph.D., Research Director and Associate Director, joined Pennsylvania Sea Grant in 2001. Sean is responsible for directing and overseeing the Research Program, managing and mentoring staff in the Lake Erie Office, conducting ecological studies related to the coastal areas and tributaries of Lake Erie, developing and implementing science-based extension programs, and serving as a liaison between Pennsylvania Sea Grant and the National Sea Grant Office.

Sean provides expertise and leadership in several key areas, including watershed monitoring and planning; aquatic biology; geospatial technologies; fisheries science; ecosystem health; and coastal communities. During his career, Sean has authored/co-authored six peer-reviewed publications, delivered more than 25 professional presentations, and has helped leverage more than $3.2 million in grants.

In 2012, Rafferty received the Great Lakes Network Mid-Career Individual Achievement Award in recognition of his enthusiasm, performance, and accomplishments during his career. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree from the Penn State Behrend in Biology, a master’s degree from Gannon University in Environmental Health and Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Science.


Sean Rafferty
Lake Erie Office
Tom Ridge Environmental Center
301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3
Erie, PA 16505

Main Office: Tom Ridge Environmental Center 301 Peninsula Dr., Suite 3 Erie, PA 16505 814-217-9011