Erik joined Science magazine in 1997. He covers environmental research and policy with a focus on natural resources and sustainability. His beat includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries, conservation biology, and related topics. After majoring in geology at Carleton College, Erik received a master's degree from the University of California, Riverside and completed the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His feature story about plant breeder Norman Borlaug appears in The Best American Science Writing 2010.