Marine Economic and Tourist Resource Development Coordinator , Okaloosa County, Navarre, FL
Erika is a writer, photographer, and environmental specialist currently living along the Florida Panhandle. She brings communication and environmental science together to promote ecotourism, restoration, and artificial reefs along the Emerald Coast for Okaloosa County, while working on freelance writing assignments. She is also a National Geographic Young Explorer, completing four trips to the Maine North Woods in each of the four seasons, Fall 2015-Summer 2016.
In addition to acting as the sole blogger for the entire Florida State Park system, Erika is a regular contributor to the Duke Nicholas School Blogs, the Maine Sportsman, Bangor Daily News, and 10000 Birds; she has a blog series dedicated to her experiences as a Nat Geo Young Explorer for the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Maine Audubon. In the past she has written for The Conservation Fund, the Triangle Land Conservancy, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. She has an upcoming article appearing in the August 2016 issue of BirdWatching Daily, is under contract to write a birding guide to Northern New England for Wilderness Adventures Press, and will soon set out to visit the Long Term Ecological Research sites across the United States. Finally, she is the founder and managing editor of the travel website One World, Two Feet, the co-managing editor for the award-winning online magazine Voices for Biodiversity, and founder of the communication agency Terra Communications.
"The Nicholas School gave me the tools to tackle environmental problems from all angles. While immersing myself in the ecology of different ecosystems, I simultaneously gained skills in data analysis, and through Nicholas School connections applied both during hands-on communication internships at local NGOs. Without my multi-faceted experience, I would never have been able to pursue my freelance career, nor juggle the multiple demands of an environmental specialist in local government."