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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  • The Air Force has mounted a mission to the South Pole to evacuate a physician who may have breast cancer. In an attempt to land at the pole as soon as the antarctic spring permits, two ski-equipped planes took off today from an airfield in New York.

  • 13 Jul 1999

    The latest in a rash of attacks on agricultural biotechnology has felled the only genetically modified trees in the United Kingdom. In an ironic twist, the 5-year-old poplars had been engineered to help lessen the amount of chlorine needed to bleach paper.

  • 12 Jul 1999

    Flying with night vision goggles, an Air Force crew dropped medical supplies to the U.S. research station at the South Pole early yesterday morning.

  • An Air Force jet left for the South Pole today to drop medical supplies to a research station whose doctor may have breast cancer. Except for e-mail and phone links, the station is cut off from other Antarctic bases until late October.

  • 7 Jul 1999

    Hoping to nip Africa's biggest polio outbreak in the bud, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has signed up its first corporate partner in a decades-long effort to eradicate the disease.

  • 17 Jun 1999

    When 16th century Spanish clerics came to the New World, they were enthralled by a fast-paced and sometimes bloody sport. Apart from the occasional postgame human sacrifice, what most astonished the Spanish were the ricocheting rubber balls.

  • 24 Nov 1998

    PARIS--The number of people infected with HIV rose 10% this year, to an estimated 33.4 million worldwide, according to a report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World Health Organization.

  • 17 Nov 1998

    The first fossils of embryonic dinosaur skin are among the treasures from a huge nesting ground in Argentina, described today in New York City at a joint press conference of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the National Geographic Society.

  • 12 Nov 1998

    Paleontologists have unearthed what may have been the most terrifying fisheater in history: a 3-meter-tall dinosaur that sported claws like giant meat hooks and a crocodilelike snout.

  • 2 Oct 1998

    SNOWBIRD, UTAH--A new species of saber-toothed cat, unveiled here yesterday at the annual meeting of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology, has startled paleontologists with its fearsome, Arnold Schwarzenegger-like features.