Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Coastal and Nearshore Environment
Eric Hartge joined the Center as a research and curriculum development intern in November 2010 before becoming a research analyst in July 2011 and then the senior research analyst in November 2013. In the summer of 2015 he was promoted to Research Development Manager. He specializes in organizational management and project portfolio development. He also helps decision-makers plan for a changing ecosystem by advising them on coastal adaptation strategies based in the preservation of natural features.
His current projects include a collaborative effort with the Natural Capital Project and Stanford Law School using the spatial analysis tool "InVEST" to incorporate multiple benefits from natural habitats in decision processes regarding coastal adaptation planning throughout California. In addition, Eric is developing and implementing a revised project portfolio management approach for the Center.
Eric previously worked with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation as the education program manager for Baltimore Harbor with a focus on the human impact on the water quality and fisheries of the Chesapeake Bay. This followed extensive experience in environmental education in the Leeward Islands, Mexico, Costa Rica and Hawai’i. He also gained enough sea time aboard research ships with the Sea Education Association to earn a USCG Near Coastal Master's and Ocean Mate's License.
Eric received his M.S. in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University and his B.S. in marine biology from the College of Charleston. His professional and academic experience includes estuarine science, natural resource management, stakeholder engagement, project management, portfolio management, environmental education, decision analysis, data visualization, grant writing, project portfolio management and environmental education. Eric holds certificates in Advanced Project Management, Strategic Decision and Risk Management and Decision-Making for Climate Change.