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Erin Heffron

M.S. Student - Earth Sciences/Ocean Mapping
Office 220X

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center
Jere A. Chase Ocean Engineering Lab
24 Colovos Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824

603.862.0564 (tel)
603.862.0839 (fax)

Erin is a 2004 graduate of Slippery Rock University, where she obtained a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Her undergraduate work had a strong focus in geology and GIS which was supplemented by summer research experience as part of the Slippery Rock University’s Badlands Working Group and as a research team member on an NSF-REU (National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates) run by the University of Southern Maine.

After graduating she worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole, which marked the start of her ocean mapping education and experience. At U.S.G.S. she contributed to the Stellwagen Bank Sea Floor Mapping Project (SBSFMP) and National Benthic Habitat Project (NBHP) and collected/processed data related to the spread of an invasive tunicate species in the Gulf of Maine. Erin then joined IVS (which later became QPS) where she was a Product Specialist until the fall of 2015. She worked on many things related to the Fledermaus and Qimera softwares including training, webinars and a host of other random things not related to the actual software coding. Part of her duties included training and supporting graduate students and researchers at CCOM, which inspired her to become one of them (so that she could ask the hard questions about the software instead of trying to answer them).

Erin is currently pursuing a Master’s in Earth Sciences - Ocean Mapping, and so far can only limit her interests to “geology-backscatter-water column-habitat mapping.” When she is not at CCOM she enjoys reading, live music, paddleboarding, gardening, and concocting interesting old fashioned foodie things.