Dr. Erin Kinney is a Research Scientist at HARC specializing in coastal and wetland ecology. Her research interests include wetland restoration, impacts of land use and eutrophication on coastal systems, and carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands. Dr. Kinney graduated with a Doctorate in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program and a Bachelor of Art in environmental and evolutionary biology from Dartmouth College.
Key research projects for HARC include Galveston Bay Invasive Species Tool, Galveston Bay Report Card, and the Marine Debris Study.
She previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston and at the Ecosystem Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.
The What You Can Do tool is how individuals can help the Galveston Bay, in ways that fit interests and the amount of time volunteers have. In 2020, the Galveston Bay Foundation added more links and resources to learn about the bay and help safely from the comfort of home.
This web-based tool brings together available information on watershed boundaries, wetland areas, water quality impairments, impervious surface, mitigation bank service areas, and flood zones to help local communities thrive by making informed decisions and identifying ways to preserve the value that vital wetland resources provide.
This report assesses wetland mitigation in the Houston-Galveston metropolitan region and enhances a regional decision support tool to provide information to local governments and citizens, allowing them to access information describing potential development impacts to watersheds, wetlands and the ecosystem services that they provide.
This report evaluates the USACE wetland mitigation program records and serves as a regional decision support tool to provide information to local governments and citizens, allowing them to access information describing potential development impacts to wetlands, floodplains, and water quality.
This digital guide is intended to help those living in the Lower Galveston Bay Watershed and on the Upper Texas Coast recognize and understand the impacts of invasive species.
This application is a tool to find out what watershed you live in, and how your watershed fares in terms of overall environmental health.
This website provides data describing Galveston Bay and its surrounding watershed, use the navigation area to explore the status, trends, and indicators of bay health that interest you.
The goal of this project is to envision a region, free from trash and plastic pollution that impacts our bayous, lakes and rivers that lead to Galveston Bay.
The Galveston Bay Report Card is a citizen-driven, science-based grading system supported by Houston Endowment and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program.
HARC research team will work with innovative technology methods utilizing Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and spatial analysis to analyze feasibility of debris patterns and hot spots within the region’s waterways.
The Texas Gulf Coast Wetlands, a HARC story map, provides detailed information on these unique ecosystems that are a protective environmental barrier along the Texas coastal zone.
After Hurricane Harvey, HARC mobilized swiftly to acquire and process data about the flooding and related environmental impacts, such as storm-related spills, pollutants, Superfund site impacts, water quality, air quality, and power generation.
The Texas Coastal Resources Viewer combines colonial waterbird, coastal fish and coastal water quality data to reveal trends in these coastal resources.
This interactive story map from HARC shares information on land use types and the unique interaction with storm water (rain water plus surface water runoff) each has in our region.
This interactive tool allows you to select a watershed and water station type to view and analyze different data points for that particular area.