Eric grew up in small logging and fishing towns on the banks of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington. Assisting in his father’s forestry consulting business through the upheavals of that industry in the 1990’s, he gained a deep respect for the land and people whose lives depend on it, as well as a deep love for rivers. After a brief stint working on tour boats in the Florida Keys, he has returned to the Western U.S. to pursue his love of land conservation and river snorkeling.
In addition to being a park guide in the Florida Keys and at Gila Cliff Dwellings, Eric has done research into channel narrowing in Canyonlands National Park with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), environmental restoration work with Americorps, and is an Airborne Infantry veteran. Eric holds two B.S. degrees from Portland State University, in Geology and Earth Science respectively, and an M.S. in Geology with a focus on fluvial geomorphology from Northern Arizona University. As Conservation Specialist, Eric is based in NMLC’s Silver City office, assisting our Southern New Mexico Program Manager, Ron Troy, on projects in southern New Mexico and southeast Arizona.