MESM, Bren School, UC Santa Barbara
BS, Aquatic Biology, UC Santa Barbara
Erin spent her childhood tide pooling with her dad along the coast of San Diego. Her love of the ocean took her to Santa Barbara, where she received her B.S. in Aquatic Biology in 2013 from UCSB. After graduating, Erin worked as a laboratory technician for the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research (MCR LTER) lab in Moorea, French Polynesia. She fell in love with coral, the foundation of tropical marine ecosystems and knew she wanted to understand how to better protect reefs. Erin received her Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School in 2017, specializing in Coastal Resource Management with a focus in Strategic Environmental Communication. Erin is now a PhD student at the Bren School, focusing on understanding the implications of increasingly frequent disturbances on coral communities in the hopes of motivating more conservation of reef systems globally.
Restoration ecology and understanding drivers of coral reef resilience in French Polynesia.