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.

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  • 14 Apr 2000

    Ernest Shackleton had hoped to cross the Antarctic in his 1914 expedition, but his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in the ice and was eventually crushed. The crew fled the melting ice pack to a barren island.

  • 27 Mar 2000

    Once thought easy prey for antibiotics, tuberculosis fought back in the 1980s and now kills more than 2 million people a year--second only to HIV among infectious diseases. Especially frightening is the appearance of strains resistant to the few drugs that, when taken together, normally cure TB.

  • 24 Mar 2000

    Jerri Nielsen, the physician who last year discovered she had breast cancer while overwintering at the South Pole with a team from the National Science Foundation, is preparing to break a long silence about her chilling experience.

  • 24 Mar 2000

    Humans evolved from an ancestor that walked on its knuckles, like several modern-day apes, according to a new analysis of casts of 3-million- to 4-million-year-old hominid bones.

  • 24 Feb 2000

    With seven kinds of silk, many spiders weave complex and resilient works of art.

  • 16 Feb 2000

    Wondering what to get the stargazer who has everything? For just $3000, the University of Arizona will put your loved one's name on a mirror of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), now under construction on Mt. Graham, Arizona.

  • 14 Feb 2000

    Like humans, brown bears are thought to have migrated from Eurasia across a temporary land bridge and then spread out across North America. Genetic research on living bears suggested that they settled their modern ranges in successive waves of migration.

  • 27 Jan 2000

    A kind of atomic birth certificate can peg where emeralds were grubbed from the ground, geologists report in tomorrow's issue of Science.

  • 24 Nov 1999

    Vipers and cobras may conjure images of lightning-fast strikes, but once snakes have grabbed their prey they need a good long while to swallow and digest it. Now scientists have documented an exception to such leisurely dining.

  • 23 Nov 1999

    Too many turkeys end up on the table as parched white meat sopped in gravy. The reason is that the breasts dry out before the rest of the bird is cooked through. Leg muscles, for example, are reinforced with connective tissue, tendons and ligaments--gristle, to the tongue.