Erin coordinates our statewide Oyster Blueprint. The Blueprint is a strategic document the guides oyster restoration and protection measures in North Carolina. Implementing the Blueprint involves working with the three regional offices of the Federation, while partnering with over 30 state and federal agencies, university and NGO partners, industry stakeholders and fishers. The Blueprint focuses on building our state’s oyster resources through water quality protection, building new oyster habitats, growing the shellfish mariculture industry, sustaining wild harvest and engaging the public in the work.
She holds a Master of Science in marine biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Bachelor of Science in marine and freshwater biology from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to her current role with the Federation, Erin served as a coastal scientist for the Wanchese office from 2008- 2022 leading a variety of initiatives to restore wetlands, create oyster sanctuaries and living shorelines and build rain gardens. She also served as the Wanchese office regional manager for a decade from 2012-2022.