Erin Kinney, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Coastal Ecology

Dr. Erin Kinney is a Senior Research Scientist. She specializes in coastal and climate impacts to communities and ecosystems, and communicating resilience strategies to stakeholders. Her research interests include how land use change and climate impacts coastal systems and communities near them, wetland loss, conversion and restoration, carbon and nitrogen cycling in wetlands, and how to make communities and ecosystems more resilient. Dr. Kinney leads stakeholder outreach efforts for the Galveston Bay Report Card and for the US Department of Energy’s (DOE)’s Southcentral Onsite Energy Generation Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP).

Her key research projects for HARC include the Galveston Bay Report Card, the Galveston Bay Estuary Resilience Assessment and Action Plan, updating the Galveston Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, the DOE’s Southcentral Onsite Energy Generation TAP, Leading with Equity in Adaptation Practice (LEAP), and the Texas Litter Database.

Dr. Kinney graduated with a Doctorate in Biology from the Boston University Marine Program, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College.

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.

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