Erin Kinney, PhD

Research Scientist & Program Manager
Climate Equity and Community Engagement

Dr. Erin Kinney is a Research Scientist in Coastal Ecology and the Program Manager of the Climate Equity and Community Engagement Initiative (CECEI) at HARC. She specializes in coastal and climate impacts to communities 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 climate equity and for the US Department of Energy’s Upper-West and Southcentral Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs).

Her key research projects for HARC include the Galveston Bay Report Card, the Galveston Bay Estuary Resilience Assessment, CHP TAPs, 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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