Erik Boman was born and raised in Sweden. He finished his Master’s Degree in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology at Linköping’s University in 2009. Erik found his way to St. Eustatius in 2010 with the intention to get more work experience.
What was supposed to be a 6 month stay on the island turned into nine years and counting. Eric started working as a volunteer and then later became an intern at the local nature conservation foundation, St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA). There, he worked in the marine park and with the sea turtle program. Later, he started working as the Data Monitoring Officer and later became a Ph.D. candidate at Wageningen University, with a focus of the biology and ecology of queen conch. His research involved the development of new survey tools to survey Queen conch throughout the species entire depth range, providing new insight to the reproductive biology of Queen conch, and investigating the effect of the invasive seagrass Halophila stipulacea on different aspects of juvenile Queen conch biology (e.g. survival, diet, growth).
After finishing his Ph.D., Erik recently took over as director of STENAPA, the organization that brought him to St. Eustatius and the Caribbean in the first place.
It’s not just about coral reefs. Sign up to dive with Erik in one of Saba’s seagrass beds and discover this diverse ecosystem, home to Queen conch. Erik will teach us survey techniques as well as how to sex and age these beautiful mollusks that are also essential housekeepers of our marine ecosystem.
Erik Boman will be presenting on October 11th, 2019! We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!