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.
The Houston Gulf Coast Area State of the Birds StoryMap is aimed at understanding the health of the region’s bird population and the environments in which we all live.
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 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 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.
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.