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. The escape plan from academia involved the University of California, Santa Cruz, program in science communication. His feature story about plant breeder Norman Borlaug appears in The Best American Science Writing 2010.