Research Interests:While receiving a BS degree in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from University of California, San Diego, Erin joined the Marine Turtle Genetics Program in 2000. Her research primarily focuses on utilizing genetics to assist in the management and conservation of marine turtle populations. When in the laboratory, she works on projects assessing genetic stock structure and identifying fisheries by-catch of most turtle species using mitochondrial DNA. When conducting field work, she assists with capture of green turtles in San Diego Bay and monitoring of leatherback nesting beaches in St Croix, USVI. Erin is the lead aerial survey coordinator for our Central California leatherback research project and has extensive experience conducting aerial surveys for leatherback turtles and marine mammals in central and northern California. She is also responsible for coordinating the importation of marine turtle samples under CITES and assists with marine turtle stranding response in the San Diego vicinity.