Erin Spencer

Erin Spencer

Erin Spencer is a National Geographic Explorer who uses digital storytelling to share innovative approaches to conservation. A two-time National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee, Erin’s work focuses on community-based invasive species management around the world.

In 2014, Erin launched the Invasive Species Initiative, a web-based platform that uses photography and writing to share unique approaches to grassroots invasive species management. The project aims to educate followers about the impacts of invasive species and provide them with tangible tools they can use to combat invasive species in their own communities. Since the project’s launch, a number of organizations have used and/or funded her work, including NBC Universal, The New York Times, National Geographic, and CBS Sunday Morning.

Erin graduated with honors from the College of William and Mary in 2014 with a major in Applied Ecology and a minor in Marine Science. She is currently based in Washington, D.C. and is a Digital Outreach Coordinator for the Ocean Conservancy. Erin spends the majority of her “free time” writing about invasive species, speaking about her work, mentoring young women in STEM, and daydreaming about her next project.