Scientists & Staff
Erin works as the coordinator for the USDA Northeast Climate Hub—delivering science-based information to farmers and foresters to help them adapt to the changing climate. Her passions lay in teamwork and collaborations with partners. She is also a co-founder of the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange serving the fire community to advance the use of relevant fire science to harmonize fire management goals by bringing people together and addressing challenges.
While all of her current work is aimed toward creating networks, Erin made the recent change in direction to focus on climate change after a career based in fire management. She worked for several seasons out west as a firefighter first learning about positive communications through digging line with her crew during shifts lasting all day and night and all the next day. Tremendous accomplishments were achieved due to the comradery Erin experienced on her Hot Shot Crew and she strives to develop this highly effective function with her current teams.
Research Interestsadapting to climate change on working lands, co-production of knowledge, the impact of climate change on wildland fire in the northeastern US
Past Researchfire planning, fire ecology in Maine, implementing Wildland Fire Use policy in New England
Publications & Products
- Janowiak, Maria K.; D'Amato, Anthony W.; Swanston, Christopher W.; Iverson, Louis; Thompson, Frank R.; Dijak, William D.; Matthews, Stephen; Peters, Matthew P.; Prasad, Anantha; Fraser, Jacob S.; Brandt, Leslie A.; Butler-Leopold, Patricia; Handler, Stephen D.; Shannon, P. Danielle; Burbank, Diane; Campbell, John; Cogbill, Charles; Duveneck, Matthew J.; Emery, Marla R.; Fisichelli, Nicholas; Foster, Jane; Hushaw, Jennifer; Kenefic, Laura; Mahaffey, Amanda; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Reo, Nicholas J.; Schaberg, Paul G.; Simmons, K. Rogers; Weiskittel, Aaron; Wilmot, Sandy; Hollinger, David; Lane, Erin; Rustad, Lindsey; Templer, Pamela H. 2018. New England and northern New York forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework project. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-173. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 234 p.
National Research Highlights
The USDA Northeast Climate Hub developed a series of “As If You Were There” virtual tours designed to introduce users to climate adaptation practices related to urban forestry, agroforestry, and forest management. The online tours use video and photography to give users an “As If You Were There” experience, expanding the Climate Hub’s reach beyond in-person tours and serving as a compelling way to see climate adaptation practices in action.
The North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange brings together diverse partners to learn and work together to address the issue of regenerating oak using fire. Through multiple interactive methods of collaboration, progressive discussion and an innovative vision is emerging.