Ocean lover, travel addict, scuba diver, & invasive species nerd.

 

Originally from Monkton, Maryland, Erin graduated from the College of William & Mary in May 2014 with a BS in Ecology and Marine Science. She is interested in using media to bridge the gap between the marine science community and the general public and to increase the accessibility of scientific research, particularly when it comes to the threats of invasive species.

In 2013, Erin was awarded a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to study local responses to invasive lionfish in the Florida Keys. Her work was featured in Lady Diver Magazine, Bare Essentials Magazine, W&M Ideation, as well as the National Geographic NewsWatch Blog and Nat Geo Weekend Radio Show. 

Since being awarded the Young Explorers Grant, Erin has conducted a number of research- and media-based projects regarding invasive lionfish. This includes an honor thesis studying species association between lionfish and non-prey species in the western Atlantic, as well as documenting a lionfish research trip in Curacao led by the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) using blogs, photos, and social media.

Erin is currently based in Washington D.C. and is the Digital Outreach Coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy. Additionally, she is Program Coordinator for the Don't Release Me campaign through the REEF Environmental Education Foundation in Key Largo. She was recently awarded a second Young Explorers Grant to study community-based invasive species management in Fiji in the summer of 2015.