Erin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management at NC State University. Erin has led the North Shore Community Climate Readiness project’s on-site survey efforts. Between the Winter of 2014 and the Summer of 2015, Erin and her research team conducted 2,250 surveys with North Shore outdoor recreationists and visitors. The survey’s have provided valuable insight about visitation to the North Shore. Particularly, the survey’s have provided useful information about who North Shore visitors are (i.e., they sociodemographic composition), what activities they participate in while they’re visiting, how frequently they’ve visited the region in the past and how frequently they would visit in the future if the region’s climate and environmental conditions were to change. The information obtained from the survey can help guide the decisions of North Shore municipalities and resource managers as they begin to plan for region-wide climatic change.
In addition to leading the North Shore Community Climate Readiness project’s on-site survey effort, Erin has a variety of other research projects focused on individual, relational, institutional and programmatic capacity building for adaptive and resilient socio-ecological systems and climate readiness.