received his MA from Columbia University (NYC) in Conservation Biology and is currently a PhD fellow at the University of California at Riverside researching adaptation and environmental effects on the evolution of an organism’s genome. He researches everything from insects to mammals and he hopes his projects will further conservation biology efforts locally and in at risk ecosystems across the globe. More specifically, his current projects aim to shed light on some of the mysteries behind unique evolutionary processes that do not adhere to more traditional theories of natural selection. He is an avid field biologist and has conducted field work on three different continents. He currently spends as much time as he possibly can in the field teaching field courses and collecting data from vertebrates and invertebrates for a myriad of ongoing projects that he has with friends and colleagues in universities and natural history museums throughout North America. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit conservation organization Islands & Seas which is currently based in San Juanico, Mexico. Much of his current work involves education and conservation in this fragile ecosystem, which is located adjacent to the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and is one of the largest and most diverse biospheres in the new world.
Pack your headlamp and be part of the "citizen science" work when Eric works with Lauren Esposito as part of this year's Saba After Dark research. As Saba represents a limited terrestrial ecosystem, and thus great for studying predator-prey interactions, look forward to activity surveys, baited camera trap experiments, and scat analysis. Eric's public presentation is scheduled for Monday, October 10 @ 5:30 p.m. Location TBD. Stay posted for the timing and location of the several field projects, research and surveys you can join in the first 2 weeks of October.